Mike talked to the son of one of the original station owners and he told us that WSTP stood for: ” Salisbury Times and Post”! The “W” was and still is mandated by the FCC for stations east of the Mississippi.
During the 1930′s The Salisbury Post published two editions every day. Of course one was called The Salisbury Post, as known today. The other paper was later in the day and it was called the “Salisbury Times”.
Finally the mystery is solved. We knew the Hurley family had ownership in both the radio station and the newspaper, but we just couldn’t make the connection.
WSTP The Salisbury Times and Post.
Salisbury Sunday Post, Vol. 100, NO.1 January 1, 1939 Front Page Headline:
WSTP Goes On Air from Here Tomorrow
Owners and Stockholders
The Piedmont Broadcasting corporation
BRYCE P. BEARD, JAMES F HURLEY, JR., WILLIAM S. OVERTON, JR.,
JAMES P. MATTOX, J.C. BRANTLEY, GREGORY PEELER, WALTER CARTER, STAHLE LINN, L.M. WEISIGER, F.F. PATTERSON, GENE DORTON, H.R. BELLIS, AND C.F. RANEY
“THESE MEN AND WOMEN PLEDGED TO OPERATE WSTP IN THE PUBIC IN, NECESSITY AND CONVENIENCE.
Although the names have changed, the studios have moved, technology has changed, but WSTP continues to be dedicated to the community for its source of information, opinion, entertainment, community events and much more.
In 1975 a new building was finished that combined the studios and engineering. At that time President/operator Tom Harrell took out a one half page ad in the local newspaper showing the station’s history, the new facilities, the former and then current staff spanning 36 years.
A new mission statement was declared then that binds us today:
“JUDGE US BY THE COMMITMENT WE MAKE AS TUSTEES TO CONTINUE BROADCASTING IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, NECESSITY, AND CONVENIENCE”.
WSTP is owned today by Rowan Media Inc.: Tim Coates and Mike Mangan, Stockholders
Out of the few artifacts I saved from the basement was the license and the renewals from the 1940′s. At some time in the past water had entered the basement and ruined everything in the bottom drawer of the engineer’s filing cabinet. Thankfully these documentments were in the second drawer from the bottom.
I have saved every document and picture that I have found regarding the early years of WSTP. I located the original license the station was granted thus allowing the station to go on the air. You will notice the frequency was 1500 instead of 1490. More on that change later.
Some of the original owners were also stockholders of the Salisbury Post. They had the foresight
to obtain a new source of delivering the news. You will also note names that are still familiar today as their sons and daughters are still prominent members of society today.