AM Technical Profile: WDNG
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- Classic Rock
view] Between W 15th and W 16th Streets, off Crawford Avenue,
- Power (ERP):
- Day and night: 1
- 1 tower
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
95.1 The Mountain
Audio of the flip from News/Talk to Classic Hits, from 6 August
Street View imagery of the station's Leighton Avenue studios in
// W236CQ Anniston
- Owned by Lake
- The history of
this station may date back all the way to 1929, when it was WFDW in
Talladega, on 1420 kHz. It's possible this station moved to
Anniston in 1931, becoming WAMC in 1934, then being reborn as
The FCC issued an initial construction permit to Harry M. Ayers for
the station as it exists today in 1938 for a 100 daytimer on 1420
kHz, with 100 watts. When it signed on as WHMA the fall of
1938, studios and transmitter were located at the Radio Building,
1330 Noble Street in downtown Anniston.
The station began operating 24 hours a day in 1940. As part of
the NARBA frequency realignment in 1941, the station moved to 1450
kHz. The station moved to its current transmitter site in the
summer of 1946. The license was transferred to Anniston Broadcasting
Company in 1947.
The station installed
a new Collins 300-J in 1953. The station
attempted to move to 1240 kHz in 1954, but the move was denied by
the FCC. In 1957, the station was transferred to Ralph M.
Allgood and Grover Wise d/b/a The Southland Broadcasting Company of
Montgomery. It's likely around this time that the studios left
downtown for a building at the transmitter site. Potts
Broadcasting Company, Inc. acquired the station in 1959 and swapped
it with WDNG on 1390 kHz.
In 1960, Potts moved the studios from the transmitter site to 1031
Noble Street in downtown Anniston. The station boosted power to 1 kW
full time in 1962, after installing a Collins 20-V transmitter.
Through the entirety of the 80's, the station had a Top 40 music
In 1990, the station had migrated to an Adult Contemporary music
format, but it was short-lived as the station was doing News/Talk by
- In October 2013
it was revealed that one of the partners in the station's ownership
(as "WDNG, Inc."), Francis DiPietro, had failed to pay the IRS taxes
on the station from 2009 to 2013. The other partner, Charles Fuller,
paid the back taxes from his personal account to keep the station
going. As repayment, a representative of DiPietro (who was convicted
for theft of property) has transferred all ownership to Fuller in
exchange for the IRS payments, totaling over $64,000. In January
2015, Charles Fuller passed away, willing the station to Charlene
- Near the end of January
2016 this station was granted a construction permit for a minor update
to the coordinates of the transmitter site. The previously
listed coordinates on file with the FCC dated back to the station's
construction in 1938 and were inaccurate by nearly 1,000 feet.
This site already had the correct coordinates and street view imagery,
so no changes needed to be made. In April 2016 the station
purchased an unbuilt translator in the Talladega area and was
permitted to move it to Anniston to rebroadcast the station.
That facility came on the air in early December, 2016.
The station flipped to a locally-programmed and community-oriented
Classic Hits and Adult Contemporary format as "My 95" on 6 August
2018. The station is being run by Stocks Broadcasting (Adam and
Karen Stocks), who also owns WFHK in Pell City ("94.1 The
River"). They agreed to buy the station outright in October
2018, for $130,000.
In April 2021 they announced that the format would be flipping to
Classic Rock on 24 April 2021, as "95.1 The Mountain". This
coincided with a Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) with Lake
Broadcasting. In July 2021, Stokes Broadcasting sold the station
to Lake for $235,000.