FM Technical Profile: WHSL
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- Station Name:
- Hot 107.7
- Adult R&B
view] Located west of Butler on AL-10 (Pushmataha Street),
near the intersection with Sheffield Street.
- Power (ERP):
- 6 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 328 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
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- The Augustus
- The original
permit for this station was granted in 1997, as WPRN, FM companion
to an AM
station with the same calls. The station signed on in
2003 and only a few months later Butler Broadcast turned in the
license for the AM station. The station carried both Country
music and some Gospel/Religious programming. The license was
transferred to Joy Communications in July of 2011, converted to
non-commercial operation and around this time the station was either
already silent or fell silent thereafter. It remained mostly off the
air since then.
Communications announced the sale of the station to Leap of Faith
for $10 in the late summer of 2012. Leap of Faith is owned by
Joshua Coyle, who appears to be a local Seventh Day Adventist
minister in Butler. Shortly before the sale was announced, the
calls changed to WHSL, to coincide with a country format as "Whistle
107.7". The station stayed off the air for a long time while
the station's audio feed redirected to an LPFM jazz station in
Florida. In October 2012 the station converted back to commercial
operation. But no one could confirm if the station ever went
back on air at this time. In early November 2014 the license
was transferred from Leap of Faith to WHSL, Inc. The station
appears to be back on the air as of the start of 2015. At some
point the station morphed from Whistle Country to "Superstar 107.7",
still with country.
- At some point in the
spring of 2017, the station dropped the country music format for urban
contemporary as "Hot 107.7".
That lasted until October 2018, when the station filed to go silent
due to the poor economy in the area they serve.
The station was donated to The Augustus Foundation (led by Michael
Augustus) for a $42,000 tax deduction. The station resumed
operations as a non-commercial operation in November 2019. The
call sign was originally set to change to WBJZ after coming back on
the air as a non-commercial station, but as of January 2020 it's still
WHSL. It appears the station is airing a wide-ranging Rhythm
& Blues music format from their studios in Galveston, Texas.
In March 2020 the station filed a Silent STA, citing "completely
economic collapse" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.