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WWTN logo.jpg
City Hendersonville, Tennessee
Broadcast area Nashville, Tennessee
Branding SuperTalk 99.7 WTN
Slogan Accurate News and Stimulating Talk
Frequency 99.7 (MHz)
First air date March 29, 1979
Format News/Talk
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 395 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 31476
Callsign meaning W-W-TeNnessee
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations WKDF, WGFX, WSM-FM, WQQK
Webcast Listen Live
Website 997wtn.com

WWTN is a 100 kW, Class C0 FM radio station serving the Nashville, Tennessee media market. Its dial position is 99.7 MHz. Home to many local and national talk radio shows, the station is marketed as SuperTalk 99.7 WTN (the first W is eliminated for simplicity). It is owned by Cumulus Media.

WWTN is licensed to the city of Hendersonville, Tennessee, a city approximately 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Nashville. Its antenna (399 meters above ground level, 604 meters above sea level) is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) SSE of Nashville in Rutherford County, Tennessee, between the cities of Murfreesboro and Franklin. The station's studios are in the Music Row district of Nashville.

The station first signed on the air as WMSR-FM, licensed to the city of Manchester, Tennessee on March 29, 1979. It began focusing on the Nashville market in the early 1990s. Manchester is nearly halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga, but the Cumberland Plateau prevents a Manchester signal from penetrating Chattanooga, and vice versa. Currently, its far-reaching signal covers most of Middle Tennessee, even venturing into parts of Northern Alabama and Southern Kentucky. WWTN's studios are currently located in Nashville's Music Row area. The city of license changed to Hendersonville in 2008, as part of a larger project that saw four of Cumulus' five Nashville stations change cities of license in the process of allowing sister-station WNFN to move its transmitter and increase power.

The station was mired in bankruptcy in the early 1990s until being purchased by Gaylord Entertainment Company in 1995. During this period, it broadcast a mixture of locally originated general interest talk programming, sports talk, and the Business Radio Network. Within three years subsequent to the Gaylord purchase, WWTN was Nashville's highest-billing radio station, a position it continues to hold as of 2005.[citation needed] It, along with sister station WSM-FM, was sold to Cumulus Media in 2003 for $65 million [1].

WWTN serves as the flagship station for the nationally syndicated talk show hosted by Phil Valentine and also offers local programs hosted by Ralph Bristol, Michael DelGiorno and Dan Mandis. The remainder of the schedule is provided by Cumulus Media Networks: The Mark Levin Show, The Savage Nation and Red Eye Radio.

Market competition[edit]

WWTN's primary competition is WLAC, an AM talk radio station owned by Clear Channel Communications.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 35°49′05″N 86°31′23″W / 35.818°N 86.523°W / 35.818; -86.523