FM Technical Profile: WFSY

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Station Name:
Sunny 98.5
Adult Contemporary
Transmitter Location:
[map] On the Washington/Bay county line just went of the Fountain Community.  East of Hammond Lake, south of Owenwood Rd.  Co-located with WYYX-FM and WPAP-FM.
Power (ERP):
100 kW
Antenna HAAT:
1,083 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
song title/artist
SUNNY 98 The Variety Station
Soft Rock
TMC-Metro Traffic

AUX: 1.4 kW @ 302 feet. 60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[Picture] Image showing the station's Radio Text and PI (call sign) RDS data decoded on an Insignia portable in Baldwin County, Alabama.
[Studio] Street View imagery of the Panama City iHeartMedia cluster's studio facility on Lisenby Road.
Radio Gulf (J. W. Collins, Sr.) was granted the original construction permit for this station in February 1970, for an FM companion to AM WGNE (GeNiE), licensed to nearby Panama City Beach.  The station went on the air with 100 kW from the studios at 9722 Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach, in August of that same year, with a Beautiful Music format.  Collins died in 1972 and his estate sold the stations to Janus Broadcasting (Frederick Leonard Lindholm, Donald George McCoy and David Arvid Johnson).  The format morphed into an easy Middle-of-the-Road (MOR) format, which lasted well into the mid-80s. 

In 1986, the Columbus, Georgia-based Woodfin Group bought the station and its AM companions.  They changed the calls of this station to WFSY in December of 1986 and flipped the format to a 60s/70s/80s Classic Hits format.  By 1988 the station had begun transmitting from a much taller tower north of Panama City, to add coverage of Dothan and the surrounding areas.  The format morphed into a Lite Hits (80s/90s) by the late 90s.  Not too long afterwards they went Adult Contemporary and have had that format ever since. 

Paxon acquired the station and its stablemates in 1996.  They later became Clear Channel, who is now iHeart Radio.