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CityFuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Broadcast areaRaleigh/Durham
Research Triangle
BrandingThe Light 103.9
SloganThe Triangle's Inspiration Station
Frequency103.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)105.7 W289BD (Raleigh, relays HD2)
First air date1981 (1981)
ERP7,900 watts
HAAT176 meters (577 ft)
Facility ID9728
Transmitter coordinates35°35′47″N 78°45′18″W / 35.59639°N 78.75500°W / 35.59639; -78.75500
Callsign meaningWNND (previous format)
Light (current format)
Former callsignsWZZU-FM 11/01/1996 - 03/06/1998
WTCD 05/01/1996 - 11/01/1996
WNND 05/17/1989 - 05/01/1996
WAZZ 08/01/1987 - 05/17/1989
WAKS-FM 08/15/1978 - 08/01/1987[1]
OwnerUrban One
(Radio One Licenses, LLC)
Sister stationsWFXC, WFXK, WQOK
WebcastListen Live

WNNL is an Urban Gospel formatted station serving the Raleigh/Durham metropolitan region. Owned by Radio One with WQOK and WFXC/WFXK, "The Light 103.9" is The Triangle's #1 Station for Inspiration and home to the Yolanda Adams morning show. Its studios are located in Raleigh and its transmitter site is in Fuquay-Varina, the station's city of license.

WNNL broadcasts two channels in the HD radio format.[2]


WAKS-FM was a Country station in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina and sister station to WAKS-AM when it signed on in 1981. In 1987 the station became easy listening WAZZ. In 1989 the station moved to Cary, North Carolina and began playing smooth jazz as WNND "The Wind".[3]

After financial problems, WNND was sold to Clear Channel [4][5] and switched to a classic hits format, with the call letters WZZU, previously used by what is now WNCB. The current format began in October 1997 on WZZU and WDUR.[6]

Clear Channel owned WNNL, WFXC, WFXK and WQOK until 2000 when the stations were spun off to Radio One for Clear Channel to meet ownership caps following their acquisition of AMFM.[7]


  1. ^ "Call Sign History". Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2017-07-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Raleigh-Durham Radio Dial". Archived from the original on 2003-02-01. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
  4. ^ Tanika White, "Radio Station Says Legal Confrontation Is Over", News & Observer, July 26, 1995.
  5. ^ "Briefs", News & Observer, March 7, 1996.
  6. ^ David Menconi, "ZZU Gospel Format Right Outta the Can", News & Observer, October 27, 1997.
  7. ^ "Clear Channel to sell 4 Triangle stations". Triangle Business Journal. 2000-03-13. Retrieved 2011-11-03.

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