FM Technical Profile: WKNU


Station Name:
Coyote Country
Frequency:
106.3
Format:
Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Approximately 2 miles east of Brewton and 2 miles north of US 29 along CR-22 (Ridge Road).
Power (ERP):
3.8 kW
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
417 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:PS-106.3 Coyote Country Time-[?] Text-WKNU Coyote Country 106.3 from Brewton, AL PTY-Country PI-none
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[Article] Story from the Brewton Standard regarding the sale of the station in 2007 from Hugh Ellington to Jack Floyd.
Owner:
Ellington Radio, Inc.
History:
This station came on the air in September 1973 as WKNU, as a full class A of the time with 3 kW at 299 feet HAAT.  Put on the air by John E. Shipp, Jr. (who was also the General Manager and Chief Engineer), the station debuted with a mix of country, rock and pop music along with some religious programming.  Shipp transferred the license to Hugh Ellington (Ellington Radio, Inc.) in December 1978. Under Ellington's ownership, the station morphed into a progressive country outlet for a short time before settling back with a regular country format.  The station was a true family affair, with Hugh Ellington acting as President, Chief Engineer and Sales Director, while his wife Carol Ellington was General Manager and Sales Manager.  Son Joe Ellington handled Promotions and acted as both Program and Music Director for the station. 

The station was sold for $1.3 million by Ellington Radio, Inc. to Jack Floyd (as WKNU, Inc.) in March 2007.  Carol Ellington stayed on as one of the two paid employees of the company after the transaction.

In August 2017, it was revealed that the owners had been unable to make their monthly payments to Ellington Radio for some time, leading to Ellington Radio to exercise a contract clause to take back operation of the station due to lack of payment.  As Hugh Ellington passed away in March of 2012, Carol Ellington took control of the station.