Following a "catastrophic equipment failure," WYXC went dark on Dec. 7, 2009. With news of a silent partner backing the enterprise, the radio station hopes to go live by the end of January.
Tommy Young and Chuck Shiflett owned WYXC and parent company Clarion Communications for five years before the unforeseen curtain call. Young alone will return to the station this time around acting as general manager.
"Because of the economy and because of the equipment failure we had, it was just time to turn it off and that was kind of a sad thing because we had spent so much time and effort putting into it during a five-year period," Young said. "We're getting everything ordered and done right now. ... We just plan on doing the local thing, we want to be a part of the community. We're excited about getting it cranked back up."
Over the past year, Young said there has been a lot of interest in reviving the station but no serious offers were made until recently. Programming will remain based around talk, news, weather and sports with on-air guests and high school football in the fall. WYXC will remain a Fox affiliate with news and syndicated shows mixed with local live personalities.
Most likely not making the transition will be favorites such as Glenn Beck and Dave Ramsey due to broadcast rights, but a familiar voice will return in the mornings with David Paul. With more than 20 years of radio experience, Paul hosted The David Paul Show when the station shut down and soon thereafter began Cartersville UNCUT, a cable TV show and online forum via Facebook. His new radio show will bring Cartersville UNCUT to listeners, with hopes of drawing in his former fan base and the nearly 8,000 Cartersville UNCUT Facebook fans.
"We want to bring Cartersville UNCUT to the radio station," Paul said, adding that he has requested total control over his caller-driven show. "My goal is just to have fun -- I don't want any negativity. I want every day to just talk about what's going on and it could be anything. It could be local, it could be national and caller-driven ... lots of calls. But I think if we're having a good time, the people listening will have a good time; if we're being negative, they'll be negative. I want to always just be positive about life and have fun. I don't want to go into work every day and be a downer, there's no fun in that."
Paul hopes to portray the community in a good light with local guests, community leaders and "man on the street" segments while also continuing the weekly TV show. His editor, Deanna Berry, will join him in the studio as they further their Cartersville UNCUT partnership.
Young said former afternoon personality Jim Adams will most likely return as well, while Young himself also plans to come back on the air with his own show. Young's show before going off the air was The Friday Mix, a political news show featuring some high profile guests, including Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and a host of Senators, Congressmen and Representatives.
"I'm just glad to be back involved in the community. I've always been involved in a lot of things in the county and the city, served on multiple boards and I've sort of just been off the radar for about 12 months," Young said. "We can only be successful with the citizens supporting us. ... We want to really be a part of the community by being involved in community activities, events and things like that."
NewsTalk 1270 AM - WYXC will go on the air with an initial two-week trial run before an official launch date is announced. For more information, call 678-898-4113, visit www.newstalk1270.com or search for NewsTalk 1270 AM - WYXC at www.facebook.com.