AM Technical Profile: WPNN


Frequency:
790
Format:
Talk, News
Transmitter Location:
Day: [map] [bird's eye] [street view]  West of FL-292 junction near Clarinda Lane.  Co-located with WVTJ.
Power (ERP):
Day:  1 kW
Night:  66 watts
Antenna:
Day & night: 1 tower, omnidirectional
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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Licensed to Miracle Radio, Inc.
// W279CY Pensacola
History:
790 was WPFA (Pensacola FloridA), a country-western station from about 1955 through the 80's. It did a few years as contemporary Christian after FM competition made their country format untenable. With new calls WSWL, they ran Headline News audio for most of the 90's. Sometime around 2002 the calls changed to WPNN (Pensacola News Network?)  The Headline News, mixed with WEAR-TV's newscasts, ceased at some point (after 2008?) and the station picked up a conventional conservative news/talk format.
 
At one time the station was licensed to broadcast from two different sites: daytime from the current site, above, and from a tower on Garcon Point at night.  In May 2010 the station was issued a construction permit to change frequencies to 780 kHz, which included dropping nighttime service completely. This would have increased daytime power three-fold.  In January 2011 a modification to that permit was dismissed by the FCC.  It would have changed frequencies to 770 kHz and added a three tower directional array, with 50,000 daytime watts only.  If built, it would have broadcast from the same site as WEBY on Garcon Point, but it never got off the ground and the permits were either cancelled or allowed to expire.  Currently the station now broadcasts 24 hours from the same tower site in Pensacola.
 
In February 2016 the station acquired a move-in translator from Carrabelle, Florida as part of the great AM Revitalization project approved by the FCC.  It lit up on 103.7 MHz in early April 2016.