AM Technical Profile: WPNS
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view] At the corner of Cedar Avenue and Kailyn Court in
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 3 kW
Critical Hours: 2.4 kW
- Night: 12 watts
- Day: 1 tower
Groundwave Service Contour from the
FCC's Public Files
- Owned By:
- Andala Enterprises
- There are some
discrepancies with the early history of this station. According
to FCC data, the original construction permit was issued in 1986 to
Harold R. & Louise J. Harding, but was passed on to Willie J.
Martin in 1987. They show the station filing a license to cover
(going on the air) in 1989, over a year after the original
construction permit was allowed to lapse. The calls that were
originally assigned were WWOU, but it is questionable whether the
station ever went on the air permanently at this time. Archived
copies of the Broadcasting Yearbook
don't show this station as on the air until 2000.
- The calls changed to WBZR
in 1998 while the station was likely still off air. Destiny
Communications acquired the station in 2001 and it had a
locally-oriented news/talk format at debut. The station's
license was transferred to Flagship Communications in 2003 and around
that same time the calls changed to WNWF (NorthWest Florida).
They continued the news/talk programming; the station was known during
this era as "1120 Fox News Radio". Flagship was owned by a local
lawyer who planned to start up his own talk radio network.
From the beginning, the station appears to have been diplexed with
1340 WFSH (now deleted).
- Flagship would pass the
station on to Andala Enterprises in 2007. Andala flipped the
station to progressive talk some time after they acquired it.
In 2013 they applied for a change to 1140 kHz, which added more power
during the day and the first nighttime service authorization for the
station. The station was reported to be on air with these
increased facilities in early 2016 but there was no signal observed on
1120 or 1140 kHz from Pensacola in mid-March of that same year.
Andala Enterprises, Inc. purchased the station in February 2016 and
the license transfer was official in May; They (Pensacola lawyer John
Ralls) had been LMA'ing the station since November 2015. The
station was reported to have dropped sports talk for adult standards
in October 2016. The station filed a silent notice in October 2017,
citing damage from Hurricane Irma, which hit in August 2017, three
months before the notice was filed. In December 2017, the
station finally filed a license to cover for their 1140 kHz
facility. Despite these moves, the station remains
off-air. While the station was off the air, the company applied
for an FM translator. A clerical mistake meant the application
was filed for Evergreen, Alabama, where the company had another
station. In turn, the Evergreen AM's translator application
listed Destin, too. Neither was granted.
The station filed a resumption of operations notice with the FCC in
January 2018, but again, no one can confirm that this station is on
In December 2018 this station swapped call signs with the AM in
Evergreen that had been in the translator city of license mixup,
discussed earlier. This station became WPNS and the other took the
The station filed another request to remain silent April 2021; it
resumed operations (presumably, again, no one has confirmed it has
ever been on) in June 2021.