AM Technical Profile: WTNI
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- Variety Hits
view] Approximately 2 miles north of I-10 west of Tucker Road,
between Glendale and McClellan Roads.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 10 kW
- Night: 1 kW
- 1 tower
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
Top of the hour ID audio, recorded 9 March 2021. M4A
format. 220 kb, 25 seconds.
// WANG Biloxi
// W278CE Biloxi
- Owned by
- This expanded
band station was put on the air by WVMI and simulcast their
news/talk format, which originally sat at 570 kHz. For the
history of that facility, see DWVMI.
in 2011, this station ran low power due to tower work. The Special
Temporary Authority covering the work claimed that salt air degraded
the tower and made it it is unsafe at its original height. The
STA allowed them to operate at lower power from a shortened antenna
system. The STA was granted November, 2010. The
construction permit for a new, electrically shorter antenna, was
granted at the start of March, 2011. The license to cover for
the new tower was granted right near the end of June 2011.
it made the jump to the expanded band as a talk station, it appears
that FM competition put it under and it is now (as of the summer of
2011) simulcasting AM 1490 WXBD in Biloxi with sports talk as "The
Team". In September 2011 the two AMs picked up an FM simulcast when
"Hank" country WUJM flipped to sports. Alpha Media acquired
the station in 2013. The FM dropped out of the simulcast in
September 2014. WXBD (now WANG, seriously) on 1490 kHz picked
up an FM translator later, and the stations are currently marketed
as "103.5 The Champ".
station was sold, along with most of the rest of the Alpha Media
cluster in Biloxi, to Telesouth Communications for $2.5 million in
December 2018. In March 2019, WANG and the translator were
broken off from the trimulcast to launch a (second) Classic Country
format in the market, leaving WTMI as the sole home of Sports Talk
as "1640 The Champ". That sports apparently ended sometime
before the summer, because as July 2019, 1640 is also airing the
"103.5 The Possum" classic country format.
In December 2020, it was reported that the WANG/WTNI/W278CE
multicast was flipped to a Traveler's Information type service known
as "106.3 Casino Radio".
Information format was dumped in October 2021 for Variety Hits,
bringing back the long-running "Bob FM" moniker to the market.