WEUP-FM

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WEUP-FM
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City of license Moulton, Alabama
Broadcast area Huntsville, Alabama
Branding 103.1 WEUP
Slogan "Tennessee Valley's #1 for The Most Hip Hop and R&B"
Frequency 103.1 MHz
First air date 1987
Format Urban Contemporary
ERP 11,500 watts
HAAT 150 meters (492 feet)
Class C3
Facility ID 36740
Transmitter coordinates 34°27′08″N 87°06′20″W / 34.45222°N 87.10556°W / 34.45222; -87.10556
Callsign meaning "We Up"[1]
Former callsigns WXKI[2]
Owner Broadcast One
(Hundley Batts, Sr. & Virginia Caples)
Sister stations WEUP (AM), WEUV, WEUZ, WHIY
Webcast Listen Live
Website 103weup.com

WEUP-FM (103.1 FM, "103.1 WEUP") is an urban contemporary formatted radio station that serves Huntsville, Alabama, and most of the Tennessee Valley in north Alabama, United States.[3] WEUP-FM is known as "103.1 WEUP", often pronounced "103.1 'We Up'", and simulcast on WEUZ (92.1 FM) as well as several translators.

History[edit]

WEUP (AM) began broadcasting on March 20, 1958, on a 100-watt 1600 kHz AM station owned by Leroy and Viola Garrett, who became the first African-American owners of a radio station in the state of Alabama. WEUP-AM first broadcast from a pink trailer in the grounds of Syler Tabernacle Church in Huntsville, before moving to its present studios on Jordan Lane. The station's format was a mixture of urban contemporary gospel and soul music as well as news and public affairs catering to the interests of the Tennessee Valley's black population, everyday from sunrise to 6 p.m.

The Garretts made history when they testified before a congressional committee in 1963, the outcome of which resulted in the change of a Federal Communications Commission law regulating 24-hour broadcasts in the 1960s. That year WEUP-AM began 24-hour broadcasts, yet another milestone for urban radio.

Ownership[edit]

Viola Garrett decided to sell the station in 1987 after the death of her husband, Leroy. Later that year, Hundley Batts, Sr. and Dr. Virginia Caples, another married couple, assumed the ownership and operation of WEUP. They also acquired another station, WEUZ-FM (92.1 FM), licensed to Minor Hill, Tennessee, (just north of the Alabama border) and brought WEUP onto the FM broadcast airwaves.

They operated WEUP & WEUZ-FM under the parent company name of Broadcast One. They continued to expand the station's audience by acquiring WHIY (1190 AM, now WEUV) and WXKI (103.1 FM, now WEUP-FM), both licensed to Moulton, Alabama, in 1989. The stations were sold to Hundley Batts and Virginia Caples as part of a two-station deal by Moulton Broadcasting Co. Inc. (WHIY) and Lawco FM Ltd. (WXKI).[4] WEUV (1700 AM) was later added to the group of stations that are part of the WEUP broadcast family.

The station was assigned the WEUP-FM call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on April 6, 2000.[2]

Translators[edit]

WEUP-FM programming is also carried by broadcast translators to extend or improve the coverage area of the station.

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
W222AK 92.3 FM Huntsville, Alabama 8 D FCC
W275AA 102.9 FM Huntsville, Alabama 10 D FCC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Bob (2008-10-18). "Call Letter Origins". The Broadcast Archive. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  3. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  4. ^ Holmes, Alisa (1999-05-10). "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. 

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