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City Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Broadcast area Raleigh/Durham
Research Triangle
Branding "The Light 103.9"
Slogan No. 1 Station for Inspiration
Frequency 103.9 (MHz)(also on HD Radio)
Format Urban Gospel
ERP 7,900 watts
HAAT 176 meters
Class C3
Facility ID 9728
Transmitter coordinates 35°35′47″N 78°45′18″W / 35.59639°N 78.75500°W / 35.59639; -78.75500
Callsign meaning WNND (previous format)
Light (current format)
Former callsigns WZZU-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]
Owner Radio One
(Radio One Licenses, LLC)
Sister stations WFXC, WFXK, WQOK
Webcast Listen Live
Website thelightnc.com

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. ^ http://www.hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=91
  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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