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WALV ESPNChattanooga logo.png
City Lakesite, Tennessee
Broadcast area Chattanooga, Tennessee
Branding 105.1 ESPN Chattanooga
Frequency 105.1 MHz
First air date 1976
Format Sports
ERP 850 watts
HAAT 268 meters (879 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 70784
Former callsigns WLCY (1982-1987)
WTCX (1987-1992)
WDNT-FM (1992-2006)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Owner Brewer Broadcasting
Sister stations WPLZ, WJTT, WMPZ
Webcast Listen Live
Website espnchattanooga.com

WALV-FM (105.1 FM) is known as "ESPN 105.1 The Zone" and is a radio station serving Chattanooga, Tennessee. The station is an affiliate of ESPN Radio.


The former WALV-FM main broadcast studio in Cleveland, Tennessee

Before WALV moved to 104.9, the station was at 95.3, and called Alive 95. Alive 95 signed on in August 1983. Brewer Broadcasting Company acquired the station in 1998, making Alive 95's sound more uptempo and competitive-sounding. Morning drive was handled by Mike Lee and Ed Ramsey from 1998 until late 2006. Before becoming Alive 105, 104.9 was AC Lite Rock 104.9 WDNT-FM, a call sign that the station shared its AM located at 1280. Before Becoming Lite Rock 104.9 the station played a mix of Oldies from the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and early '80s, under the moniker Oldies 104.9. Before the station started playing oldies in October 2000, the station played country music under the call sign WDNT-FM and was actually based in Dayton. The WDNT Oldies station was programmed by the late Max Hackett, a longtime talk show host in the market.

In December 2007, WALV-FM's main broadcast studio was moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee with sister stations WJTT-FM and WMPZ-FM. Sister station WHJK-FM was also moved into the Chattanooga building at this time. The new studio location is 1305 Carter Street in Downtown Chattanooga.

On June 15, 2009, WALV dropped its Hot AC format and "Alive" name for ESPN Radio as "ESPN 105.1 The Zone". Wells Guthrie is the station's program director.

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Coordinates: 35°15′22″N 85°13′34″W / 35.256°N 85.226°W / 35.256; -85.226