FM Technical Profile: WINL


Station Name:
Dixie 100
Frequency:
98.5
Format:
Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] In rural Marengo County, on the south side of CR-30 between CR-73 and Fire Tower Road, north of Dixons Mills in the Shiloh community.
Power (ERP):
100 kW
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
810 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:PS-WIN 98.5 TODAY'S BEST COUNTRY AND ALL YOUR FAVES Time-[?] Text-[none] PTY-[?] PI-WINL-FM
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[Street View] Image of the studio that's shared with WXAL and WZNJ in Demopolis.
// WDXX Selma
Owner:
Westburg Broadcasting
History:
This station dates back to an initial permit granted in August of 1986, for a station on 107.1 MHz as a Class A broadcaster with 3 kW of power.  The transmitter was located west of Linden on AL-69 near the town of Myrtlewood.  The original calls were WDAL.  The station is reported to have signed on in August of 1988 although there appears to be no information available as to the format.  The next year the station finally was granted a permit to move to 98.5 MHz with 50 kW of power from a site near Faunsdale.  In the fall of 1990 the station and permit were sold by Marengo County Broadcasting to Radio Communicators Inc for $125,000.  They, in turn, modified the application to go for a full 100 kW from the present transmitter site. 

The calls changed to WINL in March 1991.  The station finally signed on from their full power facility in April 1991 with a young country format. 

The station was acquired by West Alabama Broadcasters in early 2001 for $1.28 million.  They operated the station until June of 2011, when it was sold to Westburg Broadcasting.  The month prior to the sale, the popular and award-winning Southern Gospel Review program was taken off the air for unknown reasons. 

Under the ownership of Westburg Broadcasting, who also own stations in Demopolis, the station needed technical improvements and began simulcasting other Westburg stations, including WXAL out of Demopolis in June 2011 and WZNJ out of Demopolis later that fall.  On 7 October 2011 the station switched to a country simulcast with "Dixie 100" WDXX in Selma, after that station returned to its long-time country format.  This and other Westburg stations in west Alabama are being operated via LMA with Dixie's owners, Broadsouth Communications.