|City of license||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|First air date||1962 (as WLLE)|
|Power||1,000 watts day
40 watts night
|Callsign meaning||We're Fun N Laughs|
|Former callsigns||WLLE (1962-1997)
|Owner||Curtis Media Group|
|Sister stations||WKIX-FM, WQDR-FM, WBBB, WBZJ, WWPL, WPTF, WPTK|
WFNL "Funny 570" is an all-comedy radio station serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The station serves as the Triangle affiliate for the 24/7 Comedy radio network.
Wallace LaCrosse Hankin bought WLLE in 1966. WLLE became the station for Raleigh's black community, and it was the second most popular AM station. For example, in the early 1990s, "Let's Talk", hosted by Frank Roberts, aired five nights each week and dealt with the problems of blacks.
The station ran afoul of the FCC in a late 1970s double-billing scandal and its license was given to the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. In 1981, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Monroe purchased the station and continued its well-known R&B format. In 1997, WLLE was purchased by Mortenson Broadcasting of Kentucky, who changed its call letters to WRDT and began airing religious talk. Two years later, the station was picked up by Curtis Media and the call letters were changed once again to WDTF, continuing on with the religious talk format and adding inspirational music to the mix.
In 2003, the station changed its format to current general talk and call letters to WDNZ to match its one-time simulcast partner, Durham-based WDNC. The station continued to air much of the same programs as WDNC, save for mornings and sports broadcasts featuring the Carolina Mudcats, even though both stations had aired Charlotte Bobcats games briefly. All that changed in late 2005 when WDNC broke off the simulcast to become an all-sports station with an entirely separate staff, LMAed by McClatchey Broadcasting, owners of WRBZ, 850 AM.
The general talk format continued on WDNZ after that point, with the calls changing to WDOX in September 2006. The call letters were a reference to its moniker "Home of the Docs", as it aired programming featuring Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Dr. Joy Browne. In addition, WDOX was also home to local and regional programming such as State Government Radio and Triangle In-Touch. On weekends, the station offered "Million Dollar Music", featuring musical favorites dating back to the 50's that were no longer played on most oldies formats. The music segments were hosted by longtime Triangle area radio personalities Pat Patterson and Maury O'Dell.
In May 2010, the station changed its call letters to WQDR and its format to classic country to go along with sister station WQDR-FM, which plays contemporary and hit country music. WQDR went off the air beginning April 16, 2011, when its transmitter off South Saunders Street near downtown Raleigh was badly damaged by a tornado. Following numerous delays in securing a transmitter site, the station eventually returned to the airwaves on February 22, 2012, transmitting from one of the towers of sister station WPTF in Cary. At that time, the station began to air an all-comedy format under the moniker "Funny 570", and its call letters were changed to WFNL. The station serves as the Triangle affiliate for the 24/7 Comedy radio network.
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- Menconi, David (August 31, 2011). "WQDR-AM will see you in November". The News & Observer. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- Menconi, David (February 22, 2012). "Country Legends, 570-AM -- rest in peace". The News & Observer. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
- Station website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WFNL
- Radio-Locator Information on WFNL
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WFNL