In September 2012, Charlene Fuller-Gossett assumed the role as the owner and operator of WDNG News Talk Radio 14.50. She is committed to returning the station to its role as the leading community radio station for the Anniston, Oxford, and Jacksonville, Alabama area. Several innovative changes have been made since her return. This includes more community-based programming and a resumption of the station’s emphasis on local news.
In February 2013, WDNG, Inc., the parent company of WDNG News Talk Radio 14.50, entered into a joint venture with buyersUSA Consulting, which had been operating WDNG.net since January 2012. In May 2013, this relationship was re-branded as WDNG Media in order to better reflect their joint capabilities and talents. buyersUSA Consulting, which was founded in 1992, has substantial experience in Internet marketing. It has recently developed considerable resources involving video and animation. Dr. Tim Brunson is buyersUSA Consulting's managing partner. Annie Brunson, long-time area filmmaker, is a general partner and the firm's creative director.
In regards to traffic and reach, WDNG.net is one of the top media websites in Northeast Alabama. Its top competitors are TV24.tv and AnnistonStar.com. In December 1998, buyersUSA Consulting started The Anniston Star website, which is currently the leading media site in the area.
WDNG (1450 AM, "Newstalk 1450") is a radio station licensed to serve Anniston, Alabama, USA. The station is owned by WDNG, Inc. It airs a news/talk format. Over the years the station has been an affiliate of CBS News, ABC New, and now Fox News.
WDNG shifted to a news/talk format during the mid-1980's and very early 1990's. The station first made a mark playing top forty music with a huge local news focus. Our first morning local talk show featured fiery host Ed Benedict in 1985. In time it moved away from music and to all talk and news. This move was made easier by our long time commitment to local news coverage having once operated a three person local news department covering Calhoun and North Talladega Counties. WDNG News was in operation as far back as 1959 under former station owner the late Tom Potts. The station was the only Anniston radio station to offer same day coverage of the May 14th, 1961 Freedom Riders bus burning, which is considered one of the landmark events of the Civil Rights era. WDNG often had news reports air on the national level by various employees who worked as "stringers" for the networks.
On March 22, 2009 FBI files were released under a Freedom of Information Act request made by The Anniston Star that included several references to WDNG's coverage of the civil rights movement. In one notable telegram from the Anniston FBI field office, Bobby Price, the station's assistant general manager, is referred to by name as having reported in a newscast facts surrounding the Willie Brewster murder case. The telegram was sent to the Washington office and was directed to J. Edgar Hoover FBI chief at the time. WDNG was at the forefront of coverage of the Brewster slaying. The black man was shot down in July 1965 while driving home from work at an Anniston pipe shop. A white man was convicted in the murder in December 1965 by an all-white, all male jury. WDNG news provided national radio coverage of the trial for several news organizations (UPI and Mutual Radio News) under the leadership of then station News Director Dave Fitz. So strong was WDNG's coverage of the civil rights movement that the station's transmitter building was bombed in the early 1960s. The case was never solved, but it was thought to be an act of violence aimed at it for its news coverage of various stories dealing with the civil rights movement in Anniston.