FM Technical Profile: WPAP


Station Name:
92 PAP
Frequency:
92.5
Format:
Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] On the Washington/Bay county line just went of the Fountain Community.  East of Hammond Lake, south of Owenwood Rd.  Co-located with WYYX-FM and WFSY-FM.
Power (ERP):
100 kW
Antenna:
Omni
Antenna HAAT:
919 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:
PS-song title/artist

Time-
[?]
Text-
WPAP song - artist Panama City's Country
PTY-
Country
TMC-
Metro Traffic
PI-
KERJ-FM
More Information:
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[Studio] Street View imagery of the Panama City iHeartMedia cluster's studio facility on Lisenby Road.
Owner:
iHeartMedia
History:
Dixie Radio, Inc. put this station on the air in March 1967 as the FM companion to AM 590 WDLP, as WDLP-FM.  At the start it simulcast the AM's Top 40 format, and ran 30 kW from a 10-bay antenna on the AM stick on 15th Street in Panama City.  They must not have had much luck with it, because it was reported silent from October 1968 until at least the end of that year.  While silent, the calls changed to WPAP; when the station came back on it launched a Modern Country format, which it's had ever since. 

The studios moved to 232 Harrison Avenue in Panama City in 1972, the same year that ownership passed to Denver T. Brannen.  A year later the studios moved again, to 210 Harrison Avenue.  A year after that in 1974, the license was transferred to Deltona Broadcasting Company (Frank E Mackle, Jr; Robert F. Mackle, Jr; Barbara Woodward).  Under their ownership, the station was granted an upgrade to 95 kW at 1,230 feet HAAT from the tower facilities listed above, near Frink, Florida.  They installed a Gates FM-20H3 transmitter coupled to a 14-bay Gates FMS-14 antenna.  They also began transmitting a Subsidiary Communication Authorization (SCA) broadcast on 67 kHz. 

Shore Broadcasting bought the station in 1980.  In 1990 ownership was with Southern Broadcasting Companies, Inc, which in turn appears to have been absorbed by Paxson Communications in 1996, which itself was eventually folded into Clear Channel (now iHeart Radio).