AM Technical Profile: WHIY


Frequency:
1600
Format:
Urban Oldies
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [street view] Northeast of Oakwood University on Jordan Lane NW (Ardmore Highway), just north of the intersection with Oakwood Road & Sparkman Drive NW. Co-located with WEUP.
Power (ERP):
Day: 5 kW
Night: 500 watts
Antenna:
Day: 1 tower, omnidirectional
Night: 6 towers [pattern - PDF]
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
[FCC]
[FCCData.org]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
[Studio] Google Photos images of the station's studio and signage.
[Studio] Street View imagery of the station's studios on Highway 53 in Huntsville.
Owned by Hundley Batts Sr & Virginia Caples
History:
This station was WEUP back in the 70's and had most likely always been an urban-oriented station.  WEUP made the move to FM back in the 90's but kept the heritage AM station, mellowing the sound a little.  In 2006 the calls changed to WEUV, most likely coinciding with a format change of some sort.  The calls changed again in 2006 to WHIY.  At some point, they had a gospel format but it is unclear if this was as WEUV or after changing to WHIY. It's also unclear if this was merely a simulcast with WEUP-AM, now at 1700 on the dial.  Sometime in late 2006 or early 2007 the station went dark, but was reported back on the air in the spring of 2008, with a jammin' oldies and party blues format similar to WLOR at 1550.