FM Technical Profile: WLXY-LP

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Station Name:
Cool 96.9
Classic Hits/Oldies
Transmitter Location:
[map] At the crest of Double Oak Mountain, just east of US-280 and Highland Lakes Drive.
[map] Just off Meadowbrook Road, between Valleydale Road and AL-119 in Shelby County, on the cell phone tower next to the water tank.
Power (ERP):
2.8 watts
Antenna HAAT:
601 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
Chelsea Community Radio
This station started off on 106.1 MHz, with 100 watts, from a site east of Chelsea, south of US-280.  The original calls were WCXX-LP, but it changed in April 2014 to WLXY-LP.  The WLXY calls have a history in west Alabama, on the station that eventually moved to 100.5 MHz and re-licensed to Helena.  This LPFM station went through a few minor changes before filing a license to cover on December of 2014. 

Since going on the air, the station has filed for two more moves.  One would have re-located the transmitter site to the center of Chelsea; it was never built.  Instead, a much lower powered broadcast from a nearby mountain was granted and built out.  It signed on in the summer of 2015, with Christmas music.  Shortly after debuting, the format flipped to classic hits as "Cool 96.9".  In December of 2015 the station received a construction permit to relocate again, this time to high atop Double Oak Mountain overlooking Inverness.  The power dropped to just 3 watts but the coverage area (on paper) includes a lot more people.  That facility had its license to cover filed in early January 2016 and it was granted in June of 2016. 

In April 2017 the station received a permit to raise height slightly from their existing location, and put it on the air less than a month after the permit was granted.  In August 2017 the station received yet another permit, this time to relocate to 90.7 MHz and raise power to 20 watts. This permit has the station moving to a cell phone tower off Meadowbrook Road in Hoover near Spain Park. That permit expired, unbuilt.