AM Technical Profile: WCNU


Frequency:
1010
Format:
Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] South of I-10 in Crestview, northwest of the intersection of S Fenton Boulevard and P J Adams Parkway.
Power (ERP):
Day: 10 kW
Night: 84 watts (authorized)
Antenna:
Day: 1 tower
Other Information:
[Wikipedia]
History:
This station came on the air in the spring of 1948 as Crestview's first local radio station, owned by a company called Gulfshores Broadcasting Company, headed by Cyril Reddoch.  The station started off with 1 kW, daytime only, and played country music.  In the 60's, Sam Townsend and Vernon Cooper bought the station; Sam was one of the original GMs and an early announcer for the station.  Jerry Milligan, Sr. purchased the station in the late 70's and in in the early 80's added soft adult contemporary music to the mix.  In the fall of 1983 the station increased power to 10 kW days and later received authorization to add a small nighttime service (84 watts), although it's unclear if this night service ever went into operation.  By 1990 the station, facing tough times in a small town with strong local competition, went dark.  The license was passed on from Jerry Milligan (still as Gulfshores Broadcasting) to a company called Eagle International Broadcasting in the early 90's, but they were unable to resurrect the station and the FCC deleted the license permanently on 1 February 1996.