AM Technical Profile: WANI
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- Talk, News
view] Co-located with WTLM, behind the iHeartMedia studios on
Saugahatchee Lake Road in Opelika. (*The Auburn Network's studios
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Night: 1 kW
- 1 tower
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
Story on FCC losing bid to revoke station's license due to Mike
Hubbard's ethics conviction.
- // WGZZ-HD2
- // W254AY Auburn
- This station
dates back to an original Construction Permit issued to J. H. Orr,
Yetta G. Samford, C. S. Shealy, and Thomas D. Sanford (as
Opelika-Auburn Broadcasting Company) in the spring of 1939.
The original authorization was on 1370 kHz, with 250 watts during
the day and 100 watts at night. The studio and transmitter
were originally at 1400 Auburn-Opelika Road in Opelika. The station
signed on in the summer of 1940 as WJHO for J. H. Orr's initials.
The NARBA Reallocation occurred in 1941, and this station moved to
1400 kHz. In 1948, the station was granted the ability to
transmit at 250 watts day and night.
In July 1961, the station signed on a new Collins 300-J-2
transmitter and boosted their power to 1 kW day and night. Two
years later in 1963, the station moved studio and transmitter to
2009 Pepperell Parkway in Opelika.
During a license renewal phase in 1970, The Human Rights Council of
Alabama submitted a petition to deny the station's license renewal,
but it was later withdrawn. Prior to the mid-70's, it appears
the station had something of a full service slate of programming,
including Top 40, Country, Middle-of-the-Road and even
Black-oriented programming. By 1977, it was listed as "WJHO
14" in advertisements.
The station was sold to Sun Broadcasting in 1991 for $50,000.
By the mid-90's, the concept of a full service slate of programming
was antiquated and the station had flipped to a standard News/Talk
format. The license was acquired by Mike Hubbard's Auburn
Networks, Inc. in November 1997 for $135,000. The next month,
the call sign changed to WANI. Hubbard was a Speaker of the
House in the Alabama House of Representatives, and went on to own
WGZZ in Waverly and an LPTV station permit in Auburn before being
convicted of ethics violations and being forced to sell his
In May 2022, the FCC, after several years of investigation, lost
their bid to force Auburn Networks to lose their broadcast licenses.
The station is currently heard on WGZZ-FM's HD2 channel as well as
translator W254AY, via that HD2 broadcast.