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WAAX (570 AM, "Newstalk 570 AM") is a radio station broadcasting a News/Talk format. Licensed to Gadsden, Alabama, USA. The station is currently owned by Clear Channel Communications (as Capstar TX) and features programming from Premiere Radio Networks and Fox News Radio. Overnight, the station broadcasts the syndicated Coast to Coast AM hosted by George Noory.


The station began operation in 1947 as WGWD, also at 570 on the dial, but with a power of 1,000 watts, daytime only. WGWD was owned by the Covington family of Montgomery, Alabama. In its early days the station operated from studio's located in the original Pioneer Life Insurance building in downtown Gadsden.

In 1955, the station was bought by Atlanta broadcaster Charles A. Smithgall, who had enjoyed great success on WSB in that city. Smithgall changed the calls to WCAS, raised the power level to 5,000 watts in 1959 and continued to operate the station status quo until 1960. By then the radio business in Gadsden had grown to such a level as another full time station was needed. Smithgall installed a three tower directional array on what was a cow pasture on Rainbow Drive, just north of the Gadsden Country Clubs' golf course. In later years this would prove a great location, as the city grew south, traveling down...
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