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Station Name:
Destiny Radio
Christian Contemporary
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Between Memorial Parkway SW and Robinwood Drive SW, just south and off of Hollywood Boulevard NW. Co-located with WNCV, WHWY and WTKE.
Power (ERP):
14 kW
Antenna HAAT:
338 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[Article] A story in the Northwest Florida Daily newspaper about the station's re-launching as Destiny Radio.
Destiny Worship Center
The Fort Walton Beach Educational Broadcasting Foundation was granted an original construction permit for a new non-commercial station on 91.1 MHz in Fort Walton Beach in December of 1984.  When it signed on in 1985, it originally ran just 383 watts from an antenna at 140 feet above ground level.  From the beginning, it carried Christian-oriented teaching and music programming.  It's unclear from FCC records exactly where this original transmitter site was located.

The station received a permit to boost power to 5 kW from an antenna height of 78 feet HAAT in 1992, most likely transmitting from the city water tower on Nicholson Street NE south of the old K-Mart store.  The station required multiple extensions before finally signing on this facility in 1996.  In 1999, the station signed on from the transmitter location at Hollywood Boulevard and Robinwood Drive, adjacent to one they used today.  This facility transmitted at just 148 feet HAAT, with 5 kW. 

The station received another permit to increase coverage in 2006.  When it signed on in the summer of 2007, the station was transmitting from another one of the three towers at Hollywood Boulevard and Robinwood Drive, at 344 feet HAAT and 11 kW.  To achieve this increased power they had to switch to a funky directional antenna, a Shively 6810 3-bay arrangement. 

The station was sold to Destiny Worship Center in May 2020 for an undisclosed sum.  They relaunched the Christian Contemporary Worship format as "Destiny Radio", with studios in a converted KFC/Taco Bell building located next to the church's campus. 

In July 2021, Destiny applied for an upgrade for more power (13 kW) at a slightly lower antenna height (338 feet), using the same Shively directional system they have now.  The application was rejected by the FCC for a minor technical reason.  It was re-submitted in January 2022 with corrections and the FCC granted it that same month.  One month later in February, the station applied to change the power to 14 kW at 322 feet HAAT based on a slightly different terrain modeling system.  That was granted in late February 2022, with a license to cover filed almost immediately after, at the very start of March 2022.