|City of license||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Broadcast area||Pittsburgh metropolitan area|
|First air date||1947 (as WILY)|
|Power||50,000 watts (day)
25,000 watts (critical hours)
|Former callsigns||WILY, WEEP, WPGR|
|Owner||Steel City Radio, Inc.|
WWNL is a Christian radio station based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The station, which is owned by Steel City Radio, Inc., broadcasts at 1080 kHz with a power of 50,000 watts daytime (25,000 watts during critical hours).
WWNL was originally WILY, a station which primarily served an African American audience in the 1950s; in 1957 it became WEEP, a top 40 station, before switching to the call letters WYRE in 1961 (and then back to WEEP). Unable to compete with KQV in the format, WEEP changed to country music, in which it enjoyed its greatest success, and for which it is best remembered. The station format complemented its then (WDSY) FM sister station in the 1970s, which was originally WEEP-FM.
Throughout the 1980s, WEEP continued to simulcast WDSY part of the day until the early 1990s, when it adopted a failed all-business news and talk format before its call letters were changed to WDSY-AM and the station was a full simulcast of its FM sister. That didn't last long, as a management change resulted in a complete separation of programming between the two stations, with WEEP affiliating with ABC/SMN's "Real Country" format delivered via satellite.
By the 1990s AM 1080 had switched to a news/talk format before being sold and flipping formats to gospel music as WPGR. In 1999 the format moved to 1510, and 1080 changed to WWNL and a Christian format. Starting out as a music-based station, WWNL has added more talk and paid programming in recent years. WEEP is now assigned to a defunct radio station in Virginia, Minnesota.
History of call letters
The call letters WWNL were previously assigned to an AM station in Newport, Kentucky. It initially broadcast on 1110 KHz but moved to 740 KHz in 1948.
- "FCC Okays WWNL Move, 1110-740 kc" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 24, 1948. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WWNL
- Radio-Locator Information on WWNL
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WWNL
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