FM Technical Profile: WNSP
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- Station Name:
- Sports Talk 105.5
- Sports talk
eye] Just south of the intersection of Baldwin Co. 138 &
Alabama 225 near the Crossroads community.
- Power (ERP):
- 5.3 kW.
- Antenna HAAT:
- 348 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
PS-[name of show] on WNSP
Text-Online at wnsp.com
- More Information:
Image from an Insignia HD portable showing the RDS PI (call sign)
and Radio Text fields.
Image from a Radio Shack DX-398 portable showing the RDS PS (station
"'The Community Round Table & 251 Now with Kelley Finley' —
Behind the Scenes with Tim Camp" Podcast version of the show
features an interview with the owner of .COM+ and The Sound of
Mobile. 54:18 (Google Podcasts)
- .COM+ LLC
- WBCA AM owners
Faulkner Radio (Jimmy Faulkner, whose name adorns a state
University), was granted a new construction permit for an FM station
in Bay Minette in 1964. When the station signed on late in
October 1964, it was on 105.5 MHz, with 3 kW ERP into a Gates FMA-4A
four bay antenna, with a Gates FM-1C transmitter. The
transmitter was originally going to be at 114 W 2nd Street in Bay
Minette, but that was moved to the WBCA AM tower on White Avenue
before signing on. The call sign was WBCA-FM.
A few years after debuting, the station was doing Easy Listening as
WWSM (Wonderful World of Stereo Music).
In 1973, the station license was to be transferred to Brown
Broadcasting, Limited, but the deal fell through and it was never
consummated. By 1975, the station had flipped to an Urban
Adult Contemporary/Soul format, with the call letters now
conveniently standing for "Wonderful World of Soul
Music". The Class A signal was limited to the Bay
Minette area, so it struggled financially. Before the end of
the decade, it was listed as doing Top 40.
By the early 80's, the station was trying Country music. In
1987, WLPR FM 96.1 MHz dropped its Beautiful Music format, so this
station took that music and the WLPR calls. In 1988, in order
to try and improve coverage of the larger Mobile market, the station
received a construction permit to relocate to the tower site it uses
today. It signed on from that new facility that same
year. The station changed formats again in 1989, to Urban
Contemporary as WMMV, FM companion to WMML AM.
In March 1992, the station flipped to Christian Rock as New Life
105, with the WYMZ calls. The format was a failure, and
appears to have gone dark for a time. In October 1992, the
chief engineer Tim Camp at WABB AM entered into a LMA with Faulkner
Radio to carry WABB's News/Talk format on FM. The stations
were the first in Alabama to carry the newly syndicated Don &
Mike Show out of Washington DC; it would later go on to have quite a
following in Mobile.
In August 1993, the calls changed to WNSP (for News and Sports)
and became the first Sports Talk station on FM in the United States,
with ESPN Radio programming.
+COM+, LLC (Kenneth S. Johnson and Tim Camp) acquired the station in
1998 for $1.05 million.
In May 2011 it was announced the station was dropping ESPN due to
high fees required in a new contract. The new feed will come
from Sporting News Radio. SNR changed branding to Yahoo
Sports Radio on 1 August 2011. In 2013 the station
dropped Yahoo for Fox Sports. The station would later be the debut
outlet for Paul Finebaum's radio show in Mobile.