AM Technical Profile: WXVI


Frequency:
1600
Format:
Gospel
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] [bird's eye] About due east of the New Town subdivision off North Ripley Street, near the intersection of North Decatur Street, at the end of the dirt road called Fourney Street.
Power (ERP):
Day: 5 kW
Night: 1 kW
Antenna:
Day: 2 towers, "angel" layout, with the body pointing barely SSW, and the two wings pointing ESE and NW [pattern - PDF]
Night: 2 towers, same as day layout [pattern - PDF]
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
[FCC]
[FCCData.org]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
[Aircheck] Soul On The Air #14 sample of "Ugly" Al Dixon on WAPX, from February 24, 1975.  External link, opens in new window.
[Studio] Street View of the station's studio on Perry Street in Montgomery.
History:
1600 was originally WAPX (APeX) when it went on in 1947, a full timer top 40 station competing with daytimer WBAM. They also affiliated with ABC and Mutual in the mid 50's. Later became an R&B station as WXVI, the Roman numeral for 16. Beaten at that game by FM, the station then moved to black gospel, mostly running ABC's "The Light" satellite gospel format.