AM Technical Profile: WFPA

Talk, News
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [street view] At the end of Castle Rock Drive, off CR-89 (Scenic View Road).
Power (ERP):
Day: 1 kW
Night: 1 kW
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
[Facebook] - Main Page
[Facebook] - Alternate news/talk page
Owned by Wallace Broadcasting Company
This station came on the air the 8th of January, 1950, with 500 watts days only, on 1290 kHz and with the logical sounding WFPA calls.  It was put on the air by Lewis Killian, who later that year moved the station to its present 1400 kHz, with 250 watts day and night.  Killian was known for an early foray into cable television with a system he started in 1951.  In 1952 the station was sold to George Gothberg; it came under Robert H. Johnson's ownership in the late 50's or early 60's and stayed in his family for years.
The long-time WFPA calls were dropped in May 1997 for WMXN, and those calls changed to WDLL in the summer of 1999.  The station was a long-time holdout with adult contemporary on AM up until about 2000, when it moved towards news and talk programming.  The old WFPA calls returned in January 2002, with oldies music instead of talk.
In 2007, a new owner took the format back towards talk, mixed with adult hits-type music and the syndicated Delilah program.
The station was reported silent in late 2009 and was on the FCC's silent list as of January 2010.  As of May 2010 the station is reported on the air with a news/talk format, under local ownership of J. Michael Wallace.