|City of license||Littleville, Alabama|
|Broadcast area||Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area|
|Branding||The Shoals' Country|
|First air date||1986 (as WZMX at 97.7)|
|HAAT||117.7 meters (386 feet)|
|Former callsigns||WZMX (1986-1990)
|Former frequencies||97.7 MHz (1986-2003)|
|Owner||URBan Radio Broadcasting
(Urban Radio Licenses, LLC)
|Sister stations||WLAY, WMSR-FM, WMXV, WVNA, WVNA-FM|
WLAY-FM (103.5 FM, "Shoals Country") is a radio station licensed to serve Littleville, Alabama, USA. The station is owned by URBan Radio Broadcasting and is part of a six-station cluster operated by URBan in northwestern Alabama and southern central Tennessee.
WLAY-FM broadcasts a country music format to the greater Florence/Muscle Shoals, Alabama, area. Programming includes the syndicated Rick and Bubba Show in the morning, mid-days with Kelli Karlson, afternoons with Kevin Whorton and nights with Whitney Allen. The current Program and Music Director for the radio station is Brian Rickman.
The Federal Communications Commission issued the original construction permit for a new FM station in Russellville, Alabama, to broadcast with 3,000 watts of effective radiated power at 97.7 MHz on March 10, 1986. The new station was assigned the call letters WZMX by the FCC on June 6, 1986. In June 1986, Rambo Broadcasting reached an agreement to assign the permit for this station to Mountain Top Broadcasting, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on August 25, 1986, and the transaction was consummated on September 22, 1986. WZMX received its license to cover from the FCC on November 4, 1987.
In April 1990, David E. Morrow agreed to transfer control of this station's licensee to James Michael Self. The deal was approved by the FCC on June 25, 1990, and the transaction was consummated on the same day. The station's callsign was changed to WSHK on July 13, 1990.
In November 1997, D. Mitchell Self Broadcasting, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to US South Broadcasting Company, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on January 15, 1998, and the transaction was consummated on February 20, 1998. The new owners had the FCC change the call letters to WKGL on July 27, 1998.
In November 1998, US South Broadcasting Company, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to Cumulus Broadcasting through their Cumulus Licensing Corp. subsidiary. The three-station deal was publicly valued at $6.3 million. The deal was approved by the FCC on December 31, 1998, and the transaction was consummated on March 1, 1999.
In August 2000, Cumulus Broadcasting's subsidiary Cumulus Licensing Corp. reached an agreement to sell this station and four others in the area to Clear Channel Communications through their Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc., subsidiary. This deal was part of a larger exchange of 45 Cumulus-owned stations for 4 Clear Channel-owned stations and an unspecified amount of cash for a total deal value of $52 million. The deal was approved by the FCC on December 19, 2000, and the transaction was consummated on January 18, 2001.
On April 21, 2003, the station's call letters were changed to WMXV and the station adopted a "V103.5" branding. In October 2004, Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to URBan Radio Broadcasting subsidiary Urban Radio Licenses, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on December 21, 2004, and the transaction was consummated on May 13, 2005.
While the sale was pending, Clear Channel applied to the FCC to change WMVX's community of license from Russellville to Littleville, Alabama, and the broadcast frequency from 97.7 MHz to 103.5 MHz. (This was part of a multi-station frequency swap by Clear Channel that saw the 97.7 MHz frequency reassigned to WKXM-FM in Winfield, Alabama.) The application proposed a technical change only as no move of the transmitter site was requested or required. The station was granted a construction permit on January 19, 2005. The station received its license to cover this change on January 25, 2007.
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- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
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- "Cumulus to buy Alabama stations". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. November 11, 1998. "Cumulus Media Inc., a Milwaukee-based radio operator, plans to acquire three stations in the Muscle Shoals, Ala., area. The company is buying WKGL-FM, WLAY-FM and WLAY-AM from U.S. South Broadcasting Co. for $6.3 million."
- "Changing Hands - 12/7/1998". Broadcasting & Cable. December 7, 1998.
- "Cumulus Media to Expand Operations in Alabama; Acquires Three Stations in Muscle Shoals for $6.3 Million". Business Wire. November 10, 1998.
- "Application Search Details (BAL-19981112GE)". FCC Media Bureau. March 1, 1999.
- "Cumulus Media Inc. Announces Several Transactions". Business Wire. October 3, 2000. "Cumulus will transfer the following station assets to ClearChannel as part of these transactions: [...] Florence/Muscle Shoals, Alabama (Market Rank #240 of 276) --WLAY-AM, WLAY-FM, WKGL-FM, WVNA-FM, WVNA-AM"
- "Application Search Details (BALH-20000817ACF)". FCC Media Bureau. January 18, 2001.
- "Application Search Details (BALH-20041027AEU)". FCC Media Bureau. May 13, 2005.
- "Application Search Details (BPH-20040709ACL)". FCC Media Bureau. January 19, 2005.
- "Application Search Details (BLH-20060908AAI)". FCC Media Bureau. January 25, 2007.
- WLAY official website
- URBan Radio Broadcasting LLC - Florence-Muscle Shoals
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WLAY
- Radio-Locator information on WLAY
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WLAY