FM Technical Profile: WMXN
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- Station Name:
- 101.7 The Torch
- Classic Rock
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view] Due east of Pisgah, on the north side of County Road 61,
just south of Alabama Highway 71 in rural Jackson County.
- Power (ERP):
- 2.3 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 541 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Google Street View of the station's studios on John T. Reid Parkway
- Southern Torch
- This station
dates back to an original construction permit issued to Lynn, Ltd.
(Ted Edmiston, Jimmy D. Blevins, Charles M. Pendley) in March 1976,
for a new Class A signal on 101.7 MHz with a power of 937
watts. When the station filed a license to cover in November
1977, it was transmitting with a Harris FM-1H3 transmitter feeding a
Harris FMC-3A antenna, located in the Old Fabius community just east
of Stevenson. The studios were on US-72 East in
Stevenson. The call sign was WVSV for "Voice of SteVenson" and
the format was Full Service/Diversified in nature. The studios
moved to the (rural) transmitter site in 1979.
By the early 80's, the format had settled into Country music.
The station's license was transferred to George Guess in 1990.
In 1991, the station was able to raise its antenna height while
decreasing transmitter ERP. Shortly after the boost, the
station migrated slightly towards a Modern Country music
format. The call sign changed to WKZA in June 1993. The
station's license was transferred to KEA, Inc., owners of WKEA in
Scottsboro, in 1994, for $300,000. A year after the
acquisition, they changed the call sign to WMXN and flipped the
format to Adult Contemporary to remove a competitor to their main
In 2005, the station signed on from its current transmitter
location, with more power to better reach Scottsboro and Fort
Payne. Around this time, the format flipped to Classic Rock.
station, along with Scottsboro sister-station WKEA, was sold to
Southern Torch, Inc. in February 2019, for $600,000. Southern
Torch is a DeKalb County-based weekly newspaper for Northeast
Alabama. After the acquired the station, they changed the name
to "101.7 The Torch".