FM Technical Profile: WZNN

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Station Name:
Classic Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] On CR-64, just east of where it intersects CR-16, north of Plantersville.
Power (ERP):
6 kW
100 watts
Antenna HAAT:
285 feet
-51 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC. (STA)
:PS-WLGD-FM Time-[?] Text-[?] PTY-[?] PI-KCHP-FM
More Information:
[Studio] Street View imagery of the studios of WZNN and WKLF in Clanton.
STA: From site behind defunct fireworks store in Maplesville.
License deleted 15 November 2017

Valleydale Broadcasting LLC
This station dates back to an original construction permit issued in December, 2009.  It filed to come on the air in December, 2012.  The initial programming was Christmas music.  In January 2013 the engineer suffered a heart attack and work on the station's facility stopped.  In June 2013 the station was reported on air, relaying Clanton's AM gospel station WKLF, most likely to keep the license active.  Around the start of August 2014 the station changed over to ESPN sports talk, citing poor support for the previous format.
The station as of 2014, IDs itself as "ESPN 106.3 FM WZNN Maplesville/Clanton".  As of November 2014, the WZNN calls actually reside on an unbuilt station in Calhoun City, Mississippi.  Those calls finally officially transferred over in January 2015. The station in Mississippi now has the WLGD calls that were here.  This station was reported to be off the air at the start of June 2015, citing technical issues.  It was back on in mid-July 2015, simulcasting Clanton's gospel AM, WKLF.  It was off again as of the start of March 2016, citing the loss of their transmitter site.  The station was reported back on the air as of 23 November 2016, although no update of their licensed site was filed with the FCC.  The format was no longer a simulcast of Clanton's gospel AM WKLF, but a liner- and commercial-free classic country format. 

In late June the station applied to move to the Montgomery area, from a transmitter site near Pine Level, on 106.5 MHz.  The station would re-license to Holtville.  A snag was hit in late September 2017 when the application to move was challenged by a Montgomery-area broadcaster, and it was dropped a month later.  In late October, the station filed for a Special Temporary Authority to operate from a short tower behind a fireworks retailer in Maplesville, with just 100 watts. 

Shortly after the filing, the same Montgomery-area broadcaster filed another complaint, this time asking that the STA be denied and the license deleted.  In mid-November 2017, the FCC agreed with the complaint and dismissed the STA and deleted the license.  In their ruling, they noted that WZNN's license expired because it went back on the air from an unauthorized site while submitting to the FCC that they had resumed operations from their old transmitter site, which was untrue.  As such, the "illegal" broadcast did not count, the legally licensed facility was off over 12 months and thus subject to dismissal.