WVNN-FM
Wvnn logo.jpg
Broadcast areaHuntsville metropolitan area - North Alabama
Frequency92.5 MHz
BrandingNewsTalk 770 AM/92.5 FM WVNN
Programming
FormatTalk
AffiliationsWestwood One Network
Premiere Networks
ABC News Radio
Ownership
Owner
WHRP, WUMP, WVNN (AM), WWFF-FM, WZYP
History
First air date
October 4, 1992 (as WAZK)
Former call signs
WAZK (1992-1995)
WMHX (3/1995-4/1995)
WWXQ (1995-2006)[1]
Call sign meaning
W Valley's News Network
Technical information
Facility ID25385
ClassA
ERP3,100 watts
HAAT129 meters (424 feet)
Transmitter coordinates
34°42′36″N 87°04′54″W / 34.71000°N 87.08167°W / 34.71000; -87.08167
Links
WebcastListen live
Websitewvnn.com

WVNN-FM (92.5 MHz) is a commercial radio station licensed to Trinity, Alabama. Owned by Cumulus Media, it airs a Talk Radio format. WVNN-FM simulcasts WVNN 770 AM, which is licensed to Athens, Alabama. The stations are branded as "NewsTalk 770 AM/92.5 FM WVNN". The studios and offices are in Athens.

Broadcast Signal

WVNN-AM-FM primarily serve North Alabama, including the Huntsville metropolitan area. They can also be heard in the Florence/Muscle Shoals radio market. WVNN-FM's transmitter is off Nuclear Plant Road in Athens.[2]

Programming

News and Talk

WVNN-AM-FM features three Alabama-based shows on weekday mornings and afternoons, including "The Dale Jackson Show" (5:00 AM–9:00 AM), "The Yaffee Program" (9:00 AM–11:00 AM) and "Rightside Radio" (2:00 PM–5:00 PM). Nationally syndicated conservative talk shows are heard the rest of the day with Dan Bongino in middays, and at night Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, Chris Plante and Red Eye Radio.

Weekends feature shows on money, health, religion and the syndicated Kim Komando show on technology, as well as repeats of weekday shows. Most hours begin with news from ABC News Radio.

Sports

WVNN-AM-FM formerly carried University of Alabama Crimson Tide football and Tennessee Titans football during the fall, and Alabama Vipers arena football games in the spring, as part of a simulcast with sister station, WUMP "SportsRadio 730/103.9, The UMP". Aside from occasional high school football games, or some spillover games from WUMP, WVNN-AM-FM currently offer no sports programming.

History

The 92.5 spot on the FM dial in North Alabama was first the home of WHOS-FM, which signed on in 1951.[3] It was originally licensed to Decatur and was owned by the North Alabama Broadcasting Company, along with AM 800 WHOS. WHOS-FM later moved to 102.1 and today is WDRM, playing country music and usually ranked #1 in the market.

On October 4, 1992, the 92.5 frequency returned to the air with a new station, WAZK.[4] It was owned by Radio 92, Inc. and aired a classic rock format. The new city of license is Trinity.

In 1994, the station was acquired by Griffith Broadcasting for $709,000.[5] In March 1995 the station went to a "Mix" adult contemporary format as WMHX. Two months later, in May 1995, the station became WWXQ, as a Top 40 outlet.

In 2000, Capstar Broadcasting acquired WWXQ.[6] Capstar later merged into Clear Channel Communications. Clear Channel simulcast an oldies format on both 94.1 WXQW (now WHRP) and WWXQ. Later, Clear Channel moved that station to 100.3 FM, with the call sign WQRV. Clear Channel is now called iHeartMedia, Inc.

The station changed hands again in April 2006, as part of a two-station deal that also included WXQW.[7] Cumulus Media, the current owner, paid $3.3 million for the two stations. 92.5 became WVNN-FM on April 6, 2006.[1] WVNN-FM began simulcasting the talk programming on 770 WVNN. It primarily serves to improve WVNN's coverage at night. The AM signal must reduce its power to 250 watts at night in order to protect WABC in New York.

References

  1. ^ a b "FM Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WVNN-FM
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1953 page 68
  4. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1993 page B-12
  5. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1996 page B-13
  6. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2005 page D-43
  7. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2010 page D-52