FM Technical Profile: WSLY

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Station Name:
ESPN Twin States
Frequency:
104.9
Format:
Sports Talk
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] On Powell Tanks Loop Road, east off CR-9, south of the Ward community.
Power (ERP):
50 kW
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
492 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:
PS-
WSLY
Time-
[?]
Text-[?]
PTY-
Sports
PI-
WSLY-FM
(inactive?)
Mono
HD

HD-2
: Classic Hip-Hop
"100.1 Da Bomb"
// W261CS Meridian, MS

HD-3
: Classic Hits
"100.9 Alex FM"
// W265BO Meridian, MS
:
PS-
ALEX FM
Time-
[?]
Text-MERIDIANS CLASSIC HITS
PTY-
[?]
PI-
[?]
More Information:
[FCC]
[FCCdata]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
[Facebook] For WSLY
[Facebook] For 100.1 Da Bomb
[Facebook] For 100.9 Alex FM (Meridian)
[Studio] Street View imagery of the studio building on Highway 11 in York.
Owner:
Grantell Broadcasting
History:
Grantell Broadcasting (William B. Grant) put this station on the air in the fall of 1977 as the FM sister to their AM, WYLS.  The calls are merely the AM's, but reversed.  When it signed on, it was a Class A on 99.3 MHz, running 3 kW via a Collins 830-E1A, feeding a Jampro JSCP-3 three-bay antenna.  Early on the station had a Top 40 format.

Towards the end of the 80's, the station moved to a black-targeted format, but also mixing in some country.  By 1990 it was doing Urban Contemporary.

The station received a permit to relocate to 104.9 MHz in 1992, boosting power to 50 kW in the process.  It took them two years to get it on the air, finally signing on in the winter of 1994, albeit in glorious mono.  The station stayed urban until around 2006 or 2007, when they tried a Jack FM Variety Hits format.  A flip to Sports Talk with the Fox Sports network happened in 2009. 

For many years, the station had a translator in Tuscaloosa to expand their coverage, but that was discontinued the mid-to-late 2000s.  They picked up a new translator in 2012, and over the course of a few years slowly walked it from York to Meridian, Mississippi.  It relayed the Fox Sports programming until late June 2018, when the station debuted a HD digital subchannel with Classic Hip-Hop, which began feeding the translator in Meridian.  As of October 2019, the translator is apparently relaying the HD4 subchannel, which is a simulcast of the main channel's ESPN sports format.  That ended in November 2019, when the HD4 and translator flipped to a Classic Hits format as "Alex FM", modeled after WALX in Selma, Alabama.