FM Technical Profile: WSGN
- Station Name:
- Public Radio:
Classical, NPR Talk
view] Located on a ridge alongside I-59 in the Reese City
area, just north of the Tuckahoe Golf Course along the scenic road.
- Power (ERP):
- 6.3 kW vertical
- Antenna HAAT:
- 522 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- // WBHM
// W284CA Fort Payne
Coverage map of WBHM and WSGN (hosted on WBHM's website).
- Educational Media
- Gadsden State
Community College was granted a construction permit for a new
non-commercial radio station in March 1974. The original
facility, which went on in March 1975, broadcast from atop the
Student Center Building on campus, with 3.5 kW of power from a GE
BT-3B transmitter into a 3 section Gates FMC-3A antenna located
approximately at 75 feet HAAT. The studios were also in the
Student Center Building, and were assembled from various donations
by other broadcasters as well as purchases from the state of
Alabama's surplus auctions. School instructors assembled the
station, along with help from folks at WBRC-TV in Birmingham.
The call sign was WEXP (for 'EXPerimental').
For years, the station was run by students and faculty. Early
on, it had a widely diverse format, everything from Middle of the
Road to Jazz to Classical, plus Urban music and even
educational/classroom programming. In 1985, when Katz
Broadcasting acquired 610 AM WSGN in Birmingham, the new owners did
not want to use the historic WSGN calls, but did not want them to
appear elsewhere in the Birmingham market. Therefore, a deal
was struck with the college, who took the WSGN call sign in April
The station received a construction permit in 1994 to move the
transmitter off-campus to a site north of Gadsden, to improve
coverage. This entailed switching to a vertical-only
polarization and employing a directional antenna. A lack of
finances kept the station from signing on under this new facility
until the fall of 2000. In the interim, a new station manager
struck a deal with public broadcaster WBHM in Birmingham to
rebroadcast all of their content.
The station began being heard on a Fort Payne area translator
(W284CA, owned by Sand Mountain Broadcasters) in 2012.
It was announced in mid-September 2018 that the station was being
sold by the school, since there was no more broadcasting school or
classes being offered. The station signed off on 30 September
2018, pending sale to Education Media Foundation, who will flip the
station to their Christian Contemporary "K-Love" format when the
license transfer is approved. The school will retain ownership
of the historic WSGN calls.
The Fort Payne translator that had rebroadcast WSGN will remain on
air, carrying WBHM.