WKDK: The Voice of Newberry County for Over 75 Years

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James Coggins, Sr.

Newberry County is fortunate enough to have a local, family-owned, radio station since 1946.  The Coggins family have played current hits, old favorites, and highlighted local talent for 75 years.  

WKDK Opening Day, October 27, 1946

WKDK opened October 27, 1946 in Newberry, South Carolina.  James Coggins, Sr. worked at the station initially, and was asked to managed the station in 1949.  In 1951, he bought the station outright, and his family still run WKDK today.  

James Coggins broadcast entertainment and news to Newberry.  In addition to recorded shows and songs, local musicians played live in the studio.  The image to the left is of the Silver Dew Boys performing a live broadcast for WKDK.

WKDK quickly became a fixture in Newberry by focusing on what the community wanted and needed in a radio station.  WKDK broadcast national news, but focused on local news and events.   WKDK still announces the birthdays and anniversaries of residents who call in.  

WKDK hosted contests of all kinds, as well as an in-station dance contests for teens in the 50's and 60's.  In the 90's and 2000's, WKDK recognized Newberry-based bands in their Local Legends competition.

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WKDK covered high school and college sports events live for Newberry County.  James and Jimmie Coggins were both honored by Newberry College, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina for WKDK's thorough coverage of their teams.  

James Coggins used his position as The Voice of Newberry to do good for his community.  The station regularly hosted radiothons for St. Jude's and March of Dimes, sponsored local groups, and fundraised for causes important to the local community, like renovating the Newberry Opera House.

In recognition for their good works, both James and Jimmie Coggins received a multitude of awards.  James Coggins received the Order of the Palmetto, and both men were recognized as Economic Ambassadors for South Carolina.

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In 2020, WKDK expanded into FM broadcast, reaching a whole new group of listeners.  Jimmie Coggins and long-time staffer Carole Murray host a remote broadcast at the Newberry Museum.

Museum Exhibit Gallery

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Panel describing WKDK's early history.

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Glass Model of WKDK Building
Glass Model of WKDK Building

Close-up of the glass model of the WKDK building made by local artist Joe Wellborn.

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Memorabilia Case
Memorabilia Case

Mementos collected by staff members.

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Introduction

Panel describing WKDK's early history.

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Listen here to WKDK's live stream while you look through the exhibit gallery!