FM Technical Profile: WDLG


Station Name:
Guadalupe Radio Network
Frequency:
90.1
Format:
Religious
Transmitter Location:
[map] East of Grove Hill Park on Orange Hill Farm Road, south of Old Highway 5 South.
Power (ERP):
650 watts
Antenna:
Directional
Antenna HAAT:
460 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[FCC]
[RECnet]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
Owner:
La Promesa Foundation
History:
This station has had a short but troubled broadcast history.  The facility was granted a construction permit in 2004 and signed on in April 2007, only to fall silent due to antenna issues in August of that same year.  During the silent period, a permit to increase power and antenna height was granted, and the FCC extended the silent authority when the owners asked to build out the new facility instead of fixing the old one.  The station came back on the air briefly in August 2008 just long enough to keep the license active, then went silent again citing financial issues.  They are currently silent as of August 2010, and a construction permit they held to boost power to 10 kW expired in October 2010.
 
In late 2011 the station was transferred from Nationwide Inspirational Broadcasting to Divine Word Communications, who operates WDWR in Pensacola and WCVC in Tallahassee.  It appears to be on air again as of early October 2011.  In April 2012 the station filed to change city of license to Grove Hill, which is where the station currently transmits from, and included an out of spec antenna pattern in the request.  That application was granted a few months later and then rescinded by the FCC in September 2012.  An application with corrected information was granted in January 2013, boosting the coverage area and changing the city of license from Thomasville to Grove Hill.  The station has been reported silent since late August 2015.  In mid-October 2015 it was announced that all the Divine Word Communications stations were being sold to La Promesa Foundation, which runs the Guadalupe Radio Network.  The stations are expected to continue offering English-language Catholic programming, including shows hosted by EWTN.  The license was transferred just after Christmas of 2015, and through a rush of construction La Promesa was able to get the station on the air via its permitted facilities two days after the expiration of the construction permit.  The organization asked for and received a waiver because of the short delay beyond the expiration date (due to weather).