FM Technical Profile: WPAP
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- Station Name:
- 92 PAP
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 HAAT:
- 919 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Text-WPAP song - artist Panama City's Country
- // W242BF Panama
// W273DU Panama City, FL
- More Information:
Street View imagery of the Panama City iHeartMedia cluster's studio
facility on Lisenby Road.
- 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
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).
The station appears to have added IBOC HD digital broadcasting in the
year 2019 or 2020, and began using it to feed a translator for "96
Rock", a format that previously had aired on WDDV 590 AM. That
station's towers were knocked down after Hurricane Michael in 2018 and
the license was eventually turned in.
In September 2021, the Rock format was discontinued on the HD2 when it
was replaced by the WFLA News/Talk format that had previously been on
94.5 MHz WFLF. iHeart also added a second translator to the
simulcast when the talk format moved here.