FM Technical Profile: WAAO

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Station Name:
Mainstream Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] Just north of Andalusia on the east side of US-29, just off the aptly-named WAAO Road.
Power (ERP):
23 kW
Antenna HAAT:
341 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
Text-New Hit Country 93.7 WAAO - - (334) 222-1166
More Information:
[Street View] Studio location in downtown Andalusia.
[Street View] Mural on the side of the studio's building in downtown Andalusia, showing some of the satellite dishes and STL tower for the FM and TV station.

[Image] RDS display data as shown on a Mazda OEM stereo, from 2020.
Three Notch Communications
This station came on the air in 1987 as a companion to WAAO-AM, with a country format. It originally was on 104.7 MHz. It's rumored that WAAO stands for "Andalusia And Opp".  In November 2014, a series of changes to Dothan area radio stations was approved by the FCC, culminating in one station relocating to Hope Hull, just outside Montgomery.  As part of the changes, WAAO is going to be required to change from 103.7 to 93.7 MHz.  The requirement was posted in November 2014, and the station should be filing a construction permit for the change (paid for by the Dothan radio group who is moving its station) in the next 90 days.  That construction permit finally wound its way through the FCC and was approved in May of 2015. The station got a slight boost in power and height from the new allocation, and already has an application in the pipeline (granted just 10 days after they moved to their new frequency) to boost power all the way to 23 kW.  The station moved from 103.7 MHz to 93.7 MHz on 11 October 2015, although the sign-on was troubled because WDBT in Dothan was still on the same frequency!  The facility with 23 kW was put on the air in mid-December 2016.