Much history can be found in just WMTC’s radio frequency. How did WMTC come to be on 730 AM?
Even though money was being donated to build a radio station, this did not solve all of the problems with establishing WMTC.
WMTC Mountain Gospel Radio was founded in 1948 as part of the Kentucky Mountain Holiness Association, but how was WMTC established? Whose idea was it to start a Christian radio station in the hills of Eastern Kentucky? This is the history of WMTC from the perspective of its founding manager Dr. Wilfred Fisher.
After graduating from Asbury seminary in 1939, Dr. Fisher and his wife Alice came to Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute where they were invited to come teach.
On Friday morning, March 2nd, prior to the severe storms, lightning struck our FM tower causing the station to temporarily lose power, but Mountain Gospel was soon back on the air with little damage. This storm related incident paled in comparison to what would happen during the storm that evening. Though the storm curved around Mountain Gospel causing no further damage to the station, the tornadoes launched their assault on villages and towns within Mountain Gospel’s listening area. Our parent organization, the Kentucky Mountain Holiness Association, has churches scattered throughout the region.
Eastern Kentucky was hit badly by the Friday (March 2nd) storms, including numerous tornadoes. Thankfully, Mountain Gospel and the surrounding area is ok, but many were not as fortunate. Check our facebook page for updates.
We are very excited about the recent upgrades to the station- the most recent and exciting being the launch of Mountain Gospel online streaming!