FM Technical Profile: WAAO
- Station Name:
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
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
View] Studio location in downtown Andalusia.
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.
- Three Notch
- 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
facility with 23 kW was put on the air in mid-December 2016.