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  • On Groundhog Day, 1948 people living around Mount Airy, North Carolina tuned their radios to 740 on the AM dial. After months of anticipation and excitement, they heard the first radio station their area could call its own.
  • WPAQ presents a combination of bluegrass, old time and gospel music, plus religious programs not too removed from the original 1948 offerings.
  • Live music by local musicians is presented each Saturday on WPAQ’s Merry-Go-Round program.
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Every Saturday from 11 am to 1:30 pm at the Historic Earle Theatre, Downtown Mount Airy, NC

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This Friday night!It's time for the first Music Night of 2022! Join us on Friday when the Rock Castle Ramblers take the stage. Doors open at 5 and the band starts at 6:15. Admission is a $5 donation, and don't forget about our 50/50 raffle and concessions! We can't wait to see you there.
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This Friday night!

We are saddened at the loss of John Murphy, the last surviving of the Murphy Brothers and the Original Blue River Boys. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. ... See MoreSee Less

We are saddened at the loss of John Murphy, the last surviving of the Murphy Brothers and the Original Blue River Boys. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.Image attachmentImage attachment

And the rest is history!On January 6, 1924, Earl Eugene Scruggs was born near Shelby. The renowned bluegrass banjo musician elevated the banjo from a rhythm instrument to a lead instrument through his distinctive three- finger picking style, now named for him.

Scruggs formed the Foggy Mountain Boys with Lester Flatt in 1948. The group soon gained success, playing radio stations across the South and recording for Mercury and Columbia Records. In 1962, The Beverly Hillbillies debuted on television with Flatt and Scruggs performing the theme song. The single version of that song quickly rose to number one on the country charts, and Flatt and Scruggs made a number of appearances on the popular sitcom.

The group became the first country act to have their own syndicated television series; The Flatt and Scruggs Grand Ole Opry Show ran from 1955 until the duo broke up in 1969. Scruggs then formed the Earl Scruggs Revue with his three sons.

In addition to inspiring a generation of banjo players, Scruggs received a number of honors, including two Grammy Awards. He was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Scruggs recorded and performed until his death in 2012.

The 25 year rule makes 2037 the first year that Scruggs will be eligible to be considered for a historical marker.
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And the rest is history!

Tonight!Breaking Up Christmas Dance featuring Back-Step
Saturday, January 1st 7:00 pm
General Admission $10

Backstep performs old-time stringband music in the “Round Peak Style” native to Mount Airy, North Carolina. Known for its driving rhythms and prominent melodies, Round Peak music is just the thing to make you kick up your heels and dance. Start off the new year right by purchasing your tickets now!

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Where Can You Hear Us?

10,000 Watts of AM Coverage – Listening tests indicate a receivable signal throughout area shown. Reports from many parts of North Carolina and Virginia, as well as from West Virginia and Ten­nessee, confirm the vast coverage of the WPAQ Clear Channel Signal. Station operates with one thousand Watts for approximately 1 ½ hours after sunrise and before sunset. (FM operates at full power 24 hours per day)


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