WYAM (AM)

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WYAM
City of license Hartselle, Alabama
Broadcast area Huntsville, Alabama
Branding Fiesta Mexicana 890
Frequency 890 (kHz)
First air date October 1, 1956
Format Spanish Variety
Power 2,500 watts (day only)
Class D
Facility ID 17352
Transmitter coordinates 34°34′00″N 86°54′46″W / 34.56667°N 86.91278°W / 34.56667; -86.91278
Former callsigns WHRT[1]
Affiliations American Family Radio
Owner Decatur Communications Properties, LLC
Sister stations WYAM-LD

WYAM (890 AM, "Fiesta Mexicana 890") is a Spanish language Variety formatted radio station licensed to serve Hartselle, Alabama.[2] The station primarily serves the Huntsville, Alabama, area. It is owned by Decatur Communications Properties, LLC.

Due to FCC regulations, the station must sign-off at sunset, to protect Chicago's WLS. The WYAM transmitter is located about 1 mile south of the Tennessee River adjacent to I-65. FCC sunset is at various times, yet this transmitter is normally on 24 hours a day.[citation needed]

Programming[edit]

The station is one of three in the area that broadcast in Spanish.[3] The others are WKAC (1080 AM) in Athens (which broadcasts part-time in English) and WJHX (620 AM) in Lexington.

The station is also an affiliate of the American Family Radio network.[4]

WYAM is a former affiliate of the now-defunct Outdoor Sports Radio Network.[5] The station carried limited OSRN programming, including Gary Sohmers' "Calling All Collectors" on Saturday mornings.

WYAM also has a television department, WYAM TV51, which airs live programming and satellite programming from around the country, offers video editing services, and ad buys for commercials advertising.

History[edit]

The station has previously aired Gospel music and Oldies formats. Until June 1, 1994, the station's call sign was WHRT.[1]

Another station in the Huntsville market, WTAK-FM, was assigned the WYAM call letters from November 15, 1991, until July 6, 1993.[6]

Ownership[edit]

In September 1999, WYAM was sold to Priority Communications LLC (Danis L. Willingham and James D. Early, members) by WAJF Inc. (d/b/a Grass Roots American Inc.) for a reported sale price of $75,000.[7][8] In September 2003, Priority Communications consummated its transfer of the WYAM license to Decatur Communications Properties LLC, the station's current owner.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WYAM Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  3. ^ "Alabama Radio Reaches Hispanics". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Georgia). 2001-07-05. p. C4. "Suzie Wiley's radio station had a special mission on Independence Day — explaining what the holiday is all about. Wiley's WYAM-AM has started a new Spanish-language program called Juntos that caters to north Alabama's growing Hispanic population." 
  4. ^ "Station Listing - Alabama". American Family Radio. 
  5. ^ Steiner, Ina. "Calling All Collectors Radio Show". This & That: Online Auction Roundup. 
  6. ^ "WTAK-FM Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  7. ^ BIA Financial Networks (1999-12-20). "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details - 287015". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  9. ^ "Application Search Details - 660742". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 

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