AM Technical Profile: WDNG
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- Classic Hits/Adult
view] Between W 15th and W 16th Streets, off Crawford Avenue,
- Power (ERP):
- Day and night:
- 1 tower
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
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 Stocks
- Part of the
Anniston switcharoo, this station was once WHMA, before it moved to
1390. It appears to have come on in Anniston in 1938 according
to an old copy of the Radio Annual. The history actually goes
further back, to 1929 as WFDW Talladega, on 1420 kHz, making it one
of the oldest stations in the state. Another source points to the
calls and frequency moving to Anniston in 1931, with calls changing
to WAMC in 1934 and then WHMA in 1941, wherein it moved to 1450 kHz.
1959 the WHMA calls migrated to 1390 kHz and this station became
"new" with WDNG for calls. In recent times they were country, but
recently picked up a strong lineup of talk show hosts when they went
all talk and news.
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 Fuller Gossett.
- 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.