FM Technical Profile: WCSN
- Station Name:
- Sunny 105.7
- Classic Hits
view] Orange Beach: Alabama 180 approx. 2 miles before road
ends, just off Walke Lane.
- Power (ERP):
- 5 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 246 feet.
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
VOICE OF PARADISE SUNNY 105.7 | song by artist
Image showing the RDS text decoded by an Insignia HD portable, with
the PI (call sign) and Radio Text fields.
This "scoped" aircheck has had all the music excised (for copyright
reasons), and includes all the commercial breaks over a 1.5 hour
period on 23 August 2017. It features local ads, disc jockey
patter, public service announcements, weather, traffic and
more. Approximately 33 minutes in length. M4A (AAC)
format, 44 MB total.
- Gulf Coast
- This facility
dates back to an original construction permit first issued to
Pleasure Island Broadcasting in October of 1991, as a class A
station with 3 kW of power from the same tower site they use today,
but at almost double the height. With existing stations on
105.7 in Troy, 105.9 in Atmore and Pascagoula and 105.5 in Bay
Minette and Mary Ester, the station was tightly shoehorned in to
Orange Beach without much wiggle room as to where the transmitter
site could be located. Due to this limitation, nearly half the
station's coverage is over Gulf waters. The originally
assigned call sign was WXAH.
After control of Pleasure Island Broadcasting changed hands four
times and the station went through a whopping five Construction
Permit extension requests, the station finally filed a license to
cover in November of 1996. The station debuted with more power
(5 kW) and a lower antenna height (299 feet) than the original
permit. The call sign had also changed to the now-current
WCSN. (It technically became WCSN-FM in 2001 when a low power
TV station in another part of the country also began using these
Early on, the station had an adult contemporary format, and did some
light jazz programming on weekends. Despite being faced with
over a dozen big city signals from Mobile and Pensacola, the station
has done fine by being hyper-local to the beach communities of Gulf
Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key. The station has long
been heavy with community involvement, too.
Pleasure Island Broadcasting sold the station in 1997 to Purchase
Broadcasting (R. Lee Hagan, who has owned other stations along the
coast over the years) for $800,000. Purchase Broadcasting
later became known as Gulf Coast Broadcasting Company.
- In the summer
of 2005 the station began airing Spanish language music produced by
a Baldwin-county Hispanic club called "Club La Revancha". The show,
airing weeknights, is titled "La Poderoza". It may have been
around this same time that the station's format began leaning more
towards older AC and pop music instead of current hits; by 2011 or
2012 it was straight up classic hits, with a wide variety of
music. At some point, the Spanish language programming was
discontinued. Today, the station has a very wide ranging
variety hits type music format, carries Gulf Shores Dolphins high
school football and features a weekend program highlighting the
area's many local musicians.