FM Technical Profile: WSLY


Station Name:
Fox Sports Radio
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.
HD
HD-2: Classic Hip-Hop
"100.1 Da Bomb"
// W261CS Meridian, MS
Mono
:PS-WSLY Time-[?] Text-[?] PTY-Sports PI-WSLY-FM
(inactive?)
More Information:
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[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.