FM Technical Profile: WFSY
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- Station Name:
- Sunny 98.5
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
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Text-SUNNY 98 The Variety Station
- AUX: 1.4 kW @
302 feet. 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Image showing the station's Radio Text and PI (call sign) RDS data
decoded on an Insignia portable in Baldwin County, Alabama.
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
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.