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Which radio stations have local morning shows and which ones are broadcast from elsewhere?

D.J. Bernard

Wilmington has 17 radio stations that feature weekday morning drive shows. Ten of the shows are locally produced and seven are nationally syndicated.

Some of the locally produced morning shows have recently experienced staff changes among long-time hosts.

In mid-March, Sunny 104.5 FM co-host Craig Thomas was fired from the station’s Craig and Sheila in the Morning Show after four years at the station. Last month, Thomas joined 90.5 FM Carolina Christian Radio’s morning show, where he’s now heard with co-host Jim Stephens each weekday morning.

Chad Adams of the Big Talker’s morning show at 93.7 and 106.3 FM resigned from the station the end of March. Starting April 1, the Big Talker will be off the air, replaced by a new station, Port City Radio. According to Station Manager Beau Gunn, the new station will not have a morning drive show, and will air local news programs instead.

Here’s a list of all the Wilmington radio stations that feature Monday through Friday morning shows:



Jim Stephens has been hosting the WWIL Life 90.5 FM’s morning drive show for the past 20 years. Now co-host Craig Thomas joins him for the 7-9 a.m. show on the Carolina Christian Radio station.

Wilmington’s jam-band station the Penguin, WUIN 98.3 FM offers up the Morning Chill with Kim Czornji from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.

Host Christine Martinez is at the helm of WRMR 98.7 FM’s Modern Rock Morning Show from 6-10 a.m., based out of Jacksonville.

Soul oldies station Jammin 99.9 FM in Boiling Springs Lake gets the day started with the Stan and the Morning Jam Show from 5:30-10 a.m.

The Drew and Linda Morning Show is country station WWQQ 101.3 FM’s weekday morning offering, from 6-10 a.m.

Classic rock station WBNE 103.7 FM the Bone features the 20-year-old Morning Disaster with Bryan and Jim Show, which airs from 7-11 a.m.

After Craig Thomas left WILT’s morning drive show last month, Sunny 104.5 FM now airs the Sheila Brothers Show from 6-10 a.m.

Rock station WXQR at 105.5 FM wakes up the day with the Tommy and Abbi Morning Show, produced in New Bern, from 6-10 a.m.

The Foz in the Morning Show has been on the air for the past eight years and continues on at WAZO’s 107.5 FM Top 40 radio station from 6-10 a.m.

The news and talk Tyler Cralle Show, which Cralle started as a student at UNCW, is on from 6-10 a.m. at WAAV, 980 on the AM dial.



From 5-9 a.m., WHQR 91.3 FM airs National Public Radio’s Morning Edition news program. Bob Workmon hosts the show from WHQR’s downtown Wilmington studio.

Jacksonville’s hip-hop station WQSL at 92.3 FM, The Touch, starts the mornings with the comedian Steve Harvey’s morning show from 6-10 a.m., syndicated out of Atlanta.

From 6-10 a.m. WKXS 94.5 FM The Hawk features the Southern humor program John Boy and Billy Big Show, which airs from Charlotte.

Christian contemporary station WKVC, K-Love at 95.5 and 100.5 FM, airs the Craig, Amy & Kankelfritz morning show based out of Rocklin, Calif.

Atlanta’s Rickey Smiley Morning Show starts the day from 6-10 a.m. on Wilmington’s hip-hop station WMNX-FM Coast 97.3 FM.

Adult contemporary music station WGNI, at 102.7 FM, broadcasts the Bob & Sheri Show from 6-10 a.m, based out of Charlotte.

On the AM dial, 630 ESPN radio has the national Mike and Mike in the Mornings Show with all things sports from 6-10 a.m.


What happened to The Big Talker? They changed their programs.

State Sen. Thom Goolsby hosted a radio show for a week. Was he paid by the radio station?


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