FM Technical Profile: WPLX-LP

Station Name:
The River
Variety Hits
Transmitter Location:
[map] - Hampton Lakes subdivision in Pelham, off Oak Mountain Trail.
Power (ERP):
100 watts
50 watts, horizontal only
Antenna HAAT:
95 feet
144 feet (CP)
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
North Shelby Community Radio
North Shelby Community Radio (headed by ABC 33/40 weekend sportscaster Jeff Speegle) was granted a permit for a new LPFM station in Pelham in January 2015.  The station was originally in a three-way competition on its chosen frequency, so it moved from a proposed site above the Oak Mountain Amphitheater off I-65 in Pelham to a residential area east of I-65, which put it far enough out to not have signal overlap issues with the other stations.  The station finally signed on in July 2017 with a Christian teaching format.

In mid-September 2018, it was reported that the station had flipped to an oldies-leaning but wide-ranging Variety Hits format as "The River". 

The station received a construction permit in early December 2018 to relocate from its original site on a mountain east of I-65 to a site behind Pelham High School.  As part of the move, the station will drop vertical polarization and lower power from 100 to 50 watts.