The two WSMG stations were sold by Darrell Bryan, their owner and station manager, to Radio Greeneville, which is owned largely by the Paul and Ronnie Metcalfe families.
The WSMG stations ended their operations at noon on Monday. (Please see accompanying article.)
Three Local Stations Now
Under the new arrangement, there will be three Greeneville-based radio stations, each operated by Radio Greeneville.
Radio Greeneville has sold what formerly was its WIKQ-FM station to a Bristol company, which will be changing the station's call letters.
Operating now are these three local radio stations:
• WGRV-AM, which will continue at 1340 on the dial with its traditional country music format;
• WSMG-AM, which will continue at 1450 on the dial with a "soft rock" musical format;
• A new WIKQ-FM station, which formerly was at 94.9 on the dial but now is broadcasting from 103.1 on the dial, being the former WSMG-FM. Its musical format will be modern country music.
Ronnie Metcalfe, president of Radio Greeneville, said that all operations of the radio stations will be consolidated at WGRV's studios on Arnold Road, which are being expanded by about 1,000 square feet.
"We've got construction in progress now," he said, noting that new office space and production studios are being added to WGRV's building.
Making that transition required engineering personnel to make a number of technical changes at the former WSMG and WIKQ transmitting towers on Fish Pond Road and Greystone Mountain, respectively, Metcalfe said.
In a complicated arrangement, Radio Greeneville has sold its 100,000-watt WIKQ-FM station to Bristol Broadcasting and is replacing the station locally with the 6,000-watt former WSMG-FM.
Metcalfe said that Radio Greeneville will be expanding its staff by two full-time broadcasters - Bryan Stayton, from the former WSMG stations, and John Landers, from Knoxville - and "two or three" part-time personnel.