AM Technical Profile: WYLD

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Frequency:
940
Format:
Black Gospel
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [street view] Across Tullis Drive from the Lakewood Country Club.
Power (ERP):
Day: 10 kW
Night: 500 watts
Antenna:
Day: 4 towers, with a tight lobe northwest. [pattern - PDF]
Night: 3 towers, with northwest and southeast lobes. [pattern - PDF]
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
[FCC]
[FCCdata.org]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
[Studio] Street View imagery of the Clear Channel New Orleans facility on Howard Avenue.
Reception only good during day.
Owned by iHeartMedia
History:
940, in the 50's, was WTPS. It was a typical network affiliated adult station -- the calls represented ownership by a local newspaper, the Times Picayune States. The channel was bought around 1960 by a black station and it became WYLD. For the next 25 tears it was a formidable competitor in the New Orleans market as a soul station. When FM compeition -- including its own WYLD FM -- caused the AM to diminish, it switched over to black gospel.

The station was knocked off the air briefly by Hurricane Zeta, in late October 2020.  It was knocked off the air again in August 2021 from Hurricane Ida, but was back on by mid-September of that year.