AM Technical Profile: WREN
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view] A few miles south of Carrollton on AL-17.
Day: 1 kW
Night: 185 watts
WRAG came on in August
1951 as a daytimer with 1 kW along with WRAG-FM (now WZBQ). At one time
it was owned by Roth E. Hook. Before going to their current gospel
format, the station had stints as top 40, country and R&B. In
the late 90's the tower was struck by lightning, sending the station off
the air for quite some time. In more modern times, the station (owned by
Willis Broadcasting Network of Virginia) had been alive and kicking with
traditional black gospel music. Disc jockey and station manager Willie
Washington has been with the station for over 42 years. He currently runs
it with another jock, Al Hinton. Their slogan is "The Mighty 590
AM". At some point, Bishop Willis likely had to divest the station
as part of a settlement with the FCC over character issues. It came
under ownership of Serendipity Ventures.
In December of 2008
the station was reported to have changed calls from WRAG to WREN.
This station has been on the FCC silent list since June 2009. The
station was deleted by Serendipity's request in September, 2011.
The letter to the FCC can be viewed here.
Despite what the letter says, it is being reported that the station was
sale at a price no one was willing to meet. Rather than sell the
station at a reasonable price, the owners turned in the license.
Another rumor is that the station, when active, created some type of RF
noise problem with WZBQ-FM, whose transmitter and tower are on site with
the AM, and that Clear Channel, owner of WZBQ, talked the owners of WREN
into surrendering the license.