AM Technical Profile: WAMI


Frequency:
880
Format:
Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] [alternate map view] [street view] Just west of US 331, near where Main Street Extension ends and US 331 and N Main Street split.  Co-located with WAMI-FM.
[map] Off Old Billingsly Road, on the north side of AL-22 (4th Avenue N), just west of Clanton. Co-located with WKLF. (CP)
Power (ERP):
Day only: 1 kW
Days: 10 kW (CP)
Critical Hours: 1.2 kW
(CP)
STA: 50 watts
Antenna:
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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Owned by Brantley Broadcast Associates
Silent?
History:
Signed on in December, 1952.  The call sign stood for "Where Agriculture Meets Industry".  The station originally had a block format with programs of country, gospel, easy-listening and popular music.  This changed in 1986 when WAMI (AM) switched to a country format. (WAMI-FM switched to easy-listening).  The station was originally daytime only.  Low-power night-time operation was authorized in 1986.  The station has never changed frequencies, and used the tower that was erected in 1952 until sometime in the 2000s when it moved a short distance to a newer WAMI-FM tower up the street.  The station has been reported silent in June of 2010 and 2011.
 
At one time they had an application pending to relocate the facilities to Kanab, Utah, on 1540 kHz, but it was dismissed in February 2012.  In June of 2016 a license transfer was initiated to transfer ownership from Opp Broadcasting Company, Inc., to Christopher W. Johnson.  The station, which has been silent for years, won a construction permit to move up 20 kHz to 880 kHz, with 1,000 watts during the daytime only.  A license to cover was filed for that facility in early October, 2016.  The station was reported off air starting on 10 March 2017, and a silent STA was filed on June 26th 2017.  That same day, the station applied to move to a site near Clanton, in Chilton County.  Not too long after that in August 2017, the station was sold by Johnson to Brantley Broadcast Associates for $16,000 and rent free use of a tower site.  The application to move to Clanton (but be licensed to nearby Maplesville) was approved in mid-November 2017.

In early June 2018, the station filed to resume operations from their Opp-area tower with just 50 watts, citing concerns that a diplexer needed to get the station on the air from the WKLF tower in Clanton would not be ready before their previous STA to stay silent expired.