AM Technical Profile: WVSM


Frequency:
1500
Format:
Southern Gospel, Contemporary Christian Music
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] On AL-75 next to the Rainsville Funeral Home.
Power (ERP):
Day: 1 kW
Critical Hours: 1 kW
Antenna:
Day: 1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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// W276DC Rainsville, AL
History:
Calls stand for "Voice of Sand Mountain".  The station came on the air in May of 1967 by Sand Mountain Advertising Company and has had the same calls and daytime-only operation ever since.  Appears to have been religiously-programmed the entire time, as well.  At the end of July 2016 it was discovered the station purchased translator W257DB, licensed to Plainville, GA's Calhoun Seventh-Day Adventist Church, for $25,000.  That translator was put on the air at 103.1 MHz in the fall of 2016, giving the station its first ever nighttime service (via FM only, obviously).  While daytime programming remains southern gospel, the night time programming is contemporary Christian music.