AM Technical Profile: WIRB
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view] Between Enterprise and Level Plains, north of US-84,
- Power (ERP):
- 1 kW
- 1 tower
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
Owned by Fabiola Lev and Arik Lev, G. P.
- Licensed to
Level Plains, just east of the town of Enterprise. The WIRB
calls were originally on a station licensed to Enterprise on 1230
and later 600 kHz (history
on this station). That frequency has been silent since the
incarnation of WIRB dates back to 2003, when a new construction
permit was granted to "Virgile Leon Strictland, Individually".
The permit was for 430 watts day and night from the current site
listed above. In March 2006 the station modified the permit to
operate with 1 kW day and night. A license to cover was filed
in December 2006, but the station didn't actually seem to get on the
air until May 2008, when it debuted with a mix of southern gospel
and contemporary religious music.
The station has struggled to remain on the air for any notable
length of time, and has officially listed silent periods: November
2009 to October 2010; October 2011; December 2011 to March 2012;
October 2017 to July 2018.
In October 2018, the license was transferred from Virgile Leon
Strickland to Fabiola and Arik Lev, for $5,000. They flipped
the format from Southern Gospel to News/Talk as "Talk 1490".
The license transfer grant was rescinded by the FCC in December
2018, for unknown reasons, but then accepted again later that month.