AM Technical Profile: WVNA


Frequency:
1590
Format:
Classic Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] Old site - Cox Road just south of AL-184 (East 2nd Street) in Tuscumbia.
[map] [street view] Near where Milk Springs Road and New Cut Road meet, just west of Old US Highway 43. Co-located with WQLT and WFIX on the tallest of the three visible towers in the street view. (STA) (CP)
Power (ERP):
Day: 5 kW
Day: 5 kW
(CP)
Night: 1 kW
Night: 43 watts
(CP)
Antenna:
Day: 1 tower
Night: 4 towers [pattern - PDF]
Day & night: 1 tower
(CP)
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
[FCC]
[FCCdata]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
[Studio] Street View imagery of the URBan Radio studios on North Main Street in Tuscumbia.
Owned by Singing River Media Group
// W244EF Florence, AL (CP)
STA: 2 kW day and night, operating from a vertical wire at the WQLT-FM radio tower site.
History:
Was on at least as far back as 1955, probably always as WVNA. In late June 2010 WVNA and Shoals-area WLAY lost the lease on their combined transmitter site.  The stations were off the air until a new site was located and facilities built. This station was transferred from URBan Radio to Kevin Wagner in January 2013.  As of December 2014 the station is on the air but only on nighttime power 24/7.  This station appears on the FCC silent list as of 12/14/2014, although it's reported to broadcast regularly.  The station finally went fully silent in April 2015.

On 7 December 2015 Kevin Wagner-led URBan Radio filed a pleading with the FCC to keep the license for this station and WLAY active, claiming to have found a buyer for both stations; the request was granted on the 15th of December.  The stations collectively will have been off for exactly a year as of the 16th, which normally means they are automatically deleted by the FCC.  As part of the request, URBan wants to return WVNA to the air from a temporary longwire installed on the WQLT-FM tower in Colbert County, with 2,000 watts.  The station resumed broadcasting the next day, on the 16th, with rock music and WVNA-FM liners, although it is not a direct simulcast of the FM station.  That simulcast is ongoing as of January 2017, when URBan filed an application to permanently relocate the station to the WVNA-FM tower nearby, on New Cut Road.  That permit was granted in late April 2017.
On 5 July 2017, Tuscumbia Utilities disconnected the power to the studios in town, causing all the stations to lose their programming feeds.  The stations fell silent (but remained on with dead air).  The station returned to the air on 12 July 2017.  After going off air again for a long period, the station popped back up at the end of December 2017 playing classic country music, most likely to keep the license active.

The station was granted a construction permit for a new FM translator on 96.7 MHz in mid-September 2018.

The station was sold, along with the other URBan Radio group of stations, to Singing River Media Group in October 2018, for $1.275 million.  Singing River Media Group is headed by James Michael Self, whose father (D. Mitchell Self) was the former owner of WLAY AM and FM.