AM Technical Profile: WVNN
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- Talk, News
view] Day: Just west of the Limestone/Madison county border on
US 72, west of the intersection with CR-87.
view] Night: Just east of I-65, north of the
intersection with US-31 north of Athens.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 7 kW
- Night: 250
- Day: 1 tower,
- Night: 3 towers
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
Street View of the Huntsville market Cumulus studios on Lee
Highway in Athens.
- Owned by
Cumulus Broadcasting LLC
// W254DM Athens, AL (CP)
Broadcasting Company (Homer F. Dunnavant) was granted an original
construction permit for a new station in November 1947. The
station was originally on 1010 kHz, and ran 250 watts daytime
only. It signed on in December 1948 as WJMW with a Gates
BC-250-GY transmitter from a site on Hines Road next to what is now
the Athens Fitness Park.
In the winter of 1953 the station applied to change from 1010 kHz to
730 kHz; by the fall of that same year it was on the air on the new
frequency and with 1 kW, albeit still as a daytimer.
From at least the 60s, and possibly from the beginning, the station
aired a Country music format and was strictly a local Athens
The station sought a big change in 1981 when it applied to move to
770 kHz. That move allowed it to boost power during the day to
10 kW and incorporate nighttime service for the first time, with 500
watts directional. The new transmitter site was relocated out
of Athens city limits and just off I-65 on Looney Road. The
new facility signed on in 1984 and broadcast in stereo with the
Harris system. The station dropped its longtime country format
for News/Talk in 1988, and has been talking ever since.
In the early 90s, the station changed to a two-site operation,
lowering the daytime power to 7 kW from the current daytime listed
above, while retaining the old site for nighttime directional
After the death of Homer Dunnavant, Bill Dunnavant began running the
station, along with a few other Huntsville area stations. They
were all sold to Cumulus in 2003. In 2006, Cumulus added an FM
simulcast on 92.5 MHz, and that station became known as
- This station
has spawned some national talent: Sean Hannity got his start
here, with Dave Stone as his news sidekick. Hannity also met
his wife while working in Huntsville.
The station won a construction permit for a new FM translator in
Athens in June 2018.