FM Technical Profile: WAIP-LP

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Station Name:
Islamic Religious
Transmitter Location:
[map] At the corner of Broad Avenue and Beach Boulevard in Gulfport, atop the Wingate Hotel.
Power (ERP):
100 watts
Antenna HAAT:
72 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[Facebook] For the Gulfport Islamic Center
[Website] For the Gulfport Islamic Center
Islamic Center of Gulfport
This LPFM station was first granted as a new construction permit in April, 2014 with the calls by WAIP-LP.  The station was originally to be located at the Islamic Center on Broad Avenue, but two years after the permit was issued, it was moved to the Wingate Hotel a few blocks south, where it gained a small amount of extra height.  Shortly before coming on the air, the call letters were changed to the rather salacious WFUK-LP, but after word got out about the questionable calls, they were changed back to the original ones.  The license to cover was filed on 20 June 2016 and the station began broadcasting Islamic religious teachings and readings of the Quran.  This is likely the first radio station in all of the southeastern US to offer Islamic religious programming on the air.  In early September 2016 the station received a permit to move the station's transmitter site back to the Islamic Center itself, about a block north of the Wingate Hotel, but that permit was later cancelled.

The station was reported silent from 1 February 2023 due to a lightning strike.