WNIV

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WNIV
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City of license Atlanta, Georgia
Broadcast area Atlanta metropolitan area
Branding Faith Talk 970
Frequency 970 kHz (analog)
First air date 1967?
Format Christian Talk
Power 5000 watts daytime
39 watts nighttime
Class D
Facility ID 23607
Transmitter coordinates 33°48′34″N 84°21′14″W / 33.809444°N 84.353889°W / 33.809444; -84.353889
Former callsigns WIIN, WKLS
Owner Salem Communications
Sister stations WLTA, WAFS, WGKA
Webcast Listen Live
Website faithtalk970.com

WNIV is a Christian talk radio station licensed to Atlanta in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is owned by Salem Communications along with its sister station WLTA. WLTA (AM) in Alpharetta, Georgia relays the programming of WNIV in that northern Atlanta suburb at 1400 kHz. WNIV broadcasts at a frequency of 970 kHz with 5,000 watts of power during daytime hours and 39 watts during nighttime hours both times using a non-directional antenna pattern. WNIV's single transmitting tower is shared by WAFS (AM) at 1190 kHz using an antenna diplexing system. The Federal Communications Commission considers WNIV to be a Class D AM broadcasting facility.

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The radio station, which is the current WNIV, has had a long history in the Atlanta radio market. The station first signed on in Decatur in the 1950s with an easy listening radio format with the original callsign WGLS, and later picked up the callsign WTAM when the Cleveland, OH station changed to KYW. In the 1960s, it changed to WIIN.[1][2] In 1968, WIIN flipped to a Top 40 format.[1][3] During the early 1970s WIIN changed format to progressive rock.[4] WIIN became an adult standards/easy listening station in the late 1970s.[1] In the early 1980s, the station changed call signs to WKLS and format to rock [1] by simulcasting WKLS-FM. The rock format simulcast of WKLS-FM at 970 kHz lasted until 1988 when the station was sold,[2] the callsigns changed to the current WNIV,[2] and the station adopted religious format programming.[1]

Former Georgia Congressman Pat Swindall hosted a daily talk show on WNIV for several years, after serving a federal prison sentence.

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