AM Technical Profile: WFNO


Frequency:
830
Format:
Spanish
Transmitter Location:
[map] On Lower Guide Levee Road, just southwest of I-10, between I-55 and I-310.
Power (ERP):
Day: 5 kW
Night: 750 watts
Antenna:
Day: 2 towers, light nulls to the southeast and southwest [pattern - PDF]
Night: 3 towers, irectional to the southeast, towards New Orleans. [pattern - PDF]
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
[FCC]
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[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
Owned by Ernesto Schweikert III
History:
830 came on the air in the mid 80's as WADU, a non-descript adult contemporary/oldies station for the western suburbs of Norco, Reserve, Garyville, etc. Started WADU FM which still operates today. The station engineering was known to be excellent -- it was owned by an AM consulting engineer (DuTreil). The transmitter is in a good conductive site and coverage is great. AM adult contemporary became a dinosaur soon after the station began, so Spanish seemed to be a good alternative. The calls have changed to WFNO (radio Fabulosa New Orleans).  Later the station slogan became "La Raza".  Under the ownership of Sunburst Media of Louisiana, the station was known as "La Caliente 830".  In May 2015 the station was sold by Sunburst to Ernesto Schweikert III of Crocodile Broadcasting. Crocodile has another Spanish-language AM and also runs the New Orleans Telemundo affiliate.