AM Technical Profile: WANG


Frequency:
1490
Format:
Sports (ESPN Radio)
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Approx 1/2 mile north of US 98, near Debuys Road between Gulfport and Biloxi.
Power (ERP):
Day: 1 kW
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 Telesouth Communications
History:
The original call letters back in the 50's were WLOX (biLOXi). It's best known as the origin of WLOX-TV 13, the area's only VHF television station. The format for most of the 60's and 70's was top 40. Around 1981 the TV station sold off the AM and it went to WBND (big BaND) with the nostalgia format. It continued to air satellite fed nostalgia as WXBD. This class IV signal is probably the poorest one to be found anywhere; the tower is very short and the ground system is under a parking lot at the WLOX TV studios. (!) Prior to Hurricane Cammille, the transmitter was on a pier and the ground system was in the salt water.
 
At some point in the 21st Century this station changed from adult standards to ESPN sports, and later simulcast with expanded-band 1640 WTNI in Biloxi as "The Team".  In September 2011 the two AMs picked up an FM simulcast when "Hank" country WUJM flipped to sports.  The FM station dropped out of the simulcast in September 2014.  The sports founds it way back to FM again a few years later when this station picked up a small translator on 103.5 MHz, wherein the stations began being marketed as "103.5 The Champ".  In February 2018 the station's call sign changed from WXBD to WANG.  Really.

The station was sold, along with most of the rest of the Alpha Media cluster in Biloxi, to Telesouth Communications for $2.5 million in December 2018.