AM Technical Profile: WYLS
- Black Gospel
view] A few miles northeast of York on the northbound side of
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 4.8 kW
- Day: 1 tower,
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
A story from someone who moved to York in the 70s tells the story of
the morning man (and station co-owner, Charlie) getting pranked by
the station engineer. The engineer, Barney (also a co-owner)
had hooked up a secret tape deck that played construction sounds any
time the mic was opened. Click the link to read the retelling,
at the very bottom of this edition of Tom Taylor Now.
Street View imagery of the studio building on Highway 11 in
// W264CI York, AL
// W273DW York, AL (CP)
Owned by Grantell Broadcasting
- This station
came on the air in the late fall of 1970, put on by Charlie J. Ewell
and William B. Grant (as Grantell Broadcasting). From the
beginning, the studios and transmitter site were northeast of York,
at the location shown above. The station began as a 5 kW
daytimer using a Collins 820-E transmitter on 1350 kHz, and has
always has the WYLS calls, which stand for York/Livingston/Sumter.
In 1976, the company started up an FM sister station, WSLY (YLS
The station moved to its current dial position (and power) in early
1988, for better coverage. The station started as something of
a full-service small town station with block programming, featuring
County music and Black programming. After the move to 670 kHz,
the station appears to have moved to a Middle of the Road (MOR)
format with an emphasis on older songs. Eventually it found
its way back to Classic Country.
Through the early 2000s the station had morphed to an Adult
Standards music format, but in the middle of the decade appears to
have had a Blues and Soul/R&B format, before flipping to Gospel
in January 2006. The station was reported off the air in
August 2008 due to a lack of advertisers, but was back on by the
start of 2009. The station picked up its first FM translator
in October 2012 (W26CI), which allowed it to program 24 hours a
day. In January 2013, the station picked up the syndicated
"Touch" R&B/Urban Adult Contemporary format, but was back at
gospel again by November 2014.
The station was awarded a second translator license in November
2018, for W273DW in York.
The station has always been owned by Grantell Broadcasting.
Charlie J. Ewell appears to have exited the company in 1976, leaving
William B. Grant as the main component of the company. After
his death in 2003, Sarah P. Grant took over running the company and