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Local radio station WDUN celebrates 70 years
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Jacobs Media owner Jay Jacobs, and Bill Maine, right, chat Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in one of the studios as WDUN celebrates the 70th anniversary of the radio station. - photo by Scott Rogers

It started off in 1949 with a little AM radio station on Main Street in Gainesville, and seven decades later people across North Georgia are still tuning in to WDUN. 

On Tuesday, April 2, the station celebrated its 70th anniversary.

The two WDUN stations, AM 550 and FM 102.9, are divisions of Jacobs Media Corporation, and present local and national talk shows, weather and traffic reports, news and sports updates.

Jay Jacobs, Jacobs Media president and CEO, said he took over the operation after his father handed him the reins in 1988.

What started as a group of five staff members 70 years ago, Jacobs said, grew into a team of nearly 30 people.

The location of the radio station moved from Main Street to Tower Heights Road before settling into its current place on Thompson Bridge Road in 1956.

“We’ve had the same family ownership for 70 years,” Jacobs said. “I think what makes us stand apart from a lot of other small radio stations is our people who work here, that have been through these doors over the 70 years. They have made it what it is.”

Out of all of WDUN’s accomplishments, Jacobs said he is most proud of developing its digital presence in 1999 and adding 102.9 FM in 1990.

When WDUN first began its operations, Jacobs said it only had one station concentrating on radio and broadcasting that offered more music. Over the years they have transformed into mostly a news-talk outlet.

“We are just growing with the community,” Jacobs said. “As the community’s needs change for news, information and entertainment, we’ve tried to change with it.”