WHSL

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WHSL
WHSL logo.png
City of license Lisman, Alabama
Broadcast area Meridian, Mississippi
Branding Whistle Country
Slogan Southwest Alabama's Country Leader
Frequency 107.7 MHz
First air date 1997
Format Country
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 100 meters (328 feet)
Class A
Facility ID 82197
Transmitter coordinates 32°5′27.00″N 88°13′57.00″W / 32.0908333°N 88.2325000°W / 32.0908333; -88.2325000
Callsign meaning WHiStLe
Former callsigns WPRN-FM (1997-2012)
Affiliations ABC Radio
God's Country Radio Network
Owner Joshua Coyle
(Leap of Faith, LLC)

WHSL (107.7 FM, "Whistle Country") is a radio station licensed to serve Lisman, Alabama, USA. The station is owned by Joshua Coyle through licensee Leap of Faith, LLC.

When on the air, WHSL broadcasts a country music format to the greater Meridian, Mississippi area and features select programming from ABC Radio.[1]

History[edit]

K. Darryl Jackson received the original construction permit for a new FM station from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 5, 1997.[2] The new station was assigned the call letters WPRN-FM by the FCC on June 9, 1997.[3] WPRN-FM received its license to cover from the FCC on January 9, 2003.[4]

In August 1999, K. Darryl Jackson applied to the FCC to transfer the broadcast license for WPRN-FM to Butler Broadcasting Corporation. The deal was approved by the FCC on November 5, 1999, and the transaction was consummated on November 30, 1999.[5] Butler Broadcasting Corporation is 100%-owned by Darryl Jackson. WPRN previously broadcast the Christian-oriented country music God's Country Radio Network format as "God's Country 107" prior to the network's closure in November of 2010. On February 27, 2012, the station changed its call sign to WHSL.

The station was donated to Leap of Faith, LLC effective August 3, 2012.

On an unknown date, the station went silent.

WHSL returned to the air as of June 3, 2014 and is in the process of being transferred to new owners that are currently operating the station per a TBA.

Former on-air staff[edit]

Myrtle Todd, grandmother of country music recording artist Ty Herndon, hosted a radio show on WPRN-FM and the now-defunct AM sister station WPRN (1330 AM, Butler, Alabama) for more than 40 years.[6] She played mostly Gospel music and discussed community events.[7] Herndon's mother, Peggy, also once hosted a show along with his aunts Lilly and Benny as "The Todd Sisters".[8] Herndon was born in Meridian, Mississippi, but grew just across the state line in Butler, Alabama, where the AM station was licensed.[9] The AM sister station's license was officially cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission on October 6, 2003.[10] The FM station, established in 1997, carried Myrtle Todd's show through at least late-2006.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  2. ^ "Application Search Details (BPH-19960606MD)". FCC Media Bureau. March 5, 1997. 
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BLH-19971029KB)". FCC Media Bureau. January 9, 2003. 
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (BAPH-19990830GU)". FCC Media Bureau. November 30, 1999. 
  6. ^ a b "When Worst Is Best". Lancaster Sunday News. April 7, 2006. "Nashville recording artist Ty Herndon learned about addictions the hard way. [...] His grandmother Myrtle Todd is 82 and still going strong with her own radio program on WPRN in Butler, Ala" 
  7. ^ "Country singer on comeback from personal problems". Augusta Chronicle. October 5, 2006. "She had a radio show for 40-something years on WPRN in Butler. It was gospel music, and she talked about what was going on in the community." 
  8. ^ Tarradell, Mario (April 19, 1995). "That Texas Touch: Country singer Ty Herndon has what it takes to make it, but he had to come to Dallas to do it". Dallas Morning News. "I remember my aunts Benny and Lilly and mother Peggy, who used to do their own radio show as the Todd Sisters." 
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Ty Herndon biography". Allmusic. Retrieved March 7, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Station Search Details". FCC Media Bureau. October 6, 2003. 

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