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WOSM-FM 103.1, located in Ocean Springs, is purchased in August from Charles and Margaret Cooper. WOSM is the eleventh station to be added to the SuperTalk Mississippi Network.
SuperTalk Mississippi adds sports talk programming to its daytime lineup from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Ole Miss multi-media rights are sold to IMG College in December.
- WHER-FM 99.3, located in Laurel, is purchased in June from Aloha Trust. The original call letters, WLAU-FM are reinstated. The Laurel station is the tenth station to be part of the SuperTalk Mississippi Network.
- WZKR-FM 103.3, located in Meridian, is leased from Ron Harper, owner of Morning Star Media in June. The Meridian station increases the number of stations in the SuperTalk Mississippi Network to nine.
The Southern Urban Network and Mississippi News Network merge into one news service and is re-branded “News Mississippi”.
- The South Carolina News Network and Mississippi State University Athletic media rights are sold to Learfield Communications in June.
- WWMR-FM 102.9, in Saltillo and WXWX-FM 96.3, in Tupelo are leased from Flynn Broadcasting of Memphis, Tennessee. WWMR-FM is the eighty station added to the SuperTalk Mississippi Network. The format for WXWX-FM is ESPN Radio.
- In April, Steve Davenport purchases the remaining 50% interest of the company’s interest from the Henley family to become sole owner.
- WBZL-FM 103.3 is purchased in June during a FCC auction. The station’s format is ESPN Radio.
- WRQO-FM 102.1, located in Monticello, and WDXO-FM 92.9/WOEG-AM 1220 ,located in Hazlehurst, are purchased in May from Rusty O’Neal of O’Neal Broadcasting. WRQO-FM is the seventh station added to the SuperTalk Mississippi Network.
- WKBB-FM 100.9 located in West Point is purchased in December from Bob McRaney of McRaney Broadcasting. WKBB-FM is the sixth station added to the SuperTalk Mississippi Network.
- Stations WXRZ-FM 94.3 and WKCU-AM 1350 , located in Corinth, are purchased from the United States Court. WXRZ-FM is the fifth station added to the SuperTalk Mississippi Network.
- WTNM-FM 105.5, located in Water Valley, is purchased from J Boyd Ingram and is the fourth station added to the SuperTalk Mississippi Network.
- WFMM-FM 97.3, located in Sumrall, is purchased in January and is the third station added to the SuperTalk Mississippi Network.
WQLJ-FM 93.7, located in Oxford, is purchased from Radio Oxford owned by David Kellum. The station is the flagship station for Ole Miss Sports.
- Southern Urban News Network is added as a broadcast division of the company. The network provides news to urban radio stations across the state. TeleSouth also becomes the broadcast home for the Jackson State Tigers.
- WTCD-FM 96.9, located in Greenwood, is purchased from Andy Arrant Broadcasting, Indianola, Miss. The Delta station is the second station to be added to the SuperTalk Mississippi Network.
- WFMN-FM 97.3, located in Flora, is purchased and is the first news/talk station on the SuperTalk Mississippi Network. The original lineup included: Don Imus, Andy Taggert, and Matt Friedman.
- Mississippi Networks, Inc., purchases South Carolina News Network from Paxson Communications, Inc., in West Palm Beach, Florida. The company’s name is changed to TeleSouth Communications, Inc.
- Stations WQID-FM and WVMI-AM are sold to Southern Star in Florida.
- Stations WQID-FM and WVMI-AM in Biloxi are purchased from Raymond James Investments.
- Mississippi Networks Inc., is the first state radio network in the nation to distribute programming via satellite.
- Stations WYMX-FM, 99.1 and WKXG-AM located in Greenwood are purchased.
- Steve Davenport forms a 50/50 partnership with the Henley family of Hazlehurst, Mississippi and purchases the Mississippi News Network from Interstate Communications.
Mississippi Networks, Inc., signs a radio contract with the University of Southern Mississippi to broadcast Golden Eagle football and basketball games beginning with the 1984 football season.
Interstate Communications, Inc., purchases MANN. Interstate Communications, Inc. merges the Mississippi News Network and Mississippi Agriculture News with the Louisiana Network, Inc. Mississippi Networks, Inc. begins broadcasting college sports in the early 1980s. The first radio sports agreements are signed with Mississippi State University and The University of Mississippi. Long-form talk programming is introduced on the network. Network shows include: “Weekend Gardening”, “The High School Scoreboard Show” and “Coaches’ Call-In Shows”.
Steve Davenport is hired to manage the Mississippi Agriculture and News Network (MANN), established by Biloxi-based Love Communications. MANN provides Mississippi Agriculture News and Mississippi News reports and features to radio stations across the state.