AM Technical Profile: WRNE

Black Adult Contemporary
Transmitter Location:
Out towards Garcon point, west of where Escambia Co. roads 191 & 281 meet.
Power (ERP):
2,500 watts day / 1,000 watts nights
2 towers day:  / 2 towers night
Other Information:
980 started as WBOP in the late 50's. Became an R&B ("Bop") station within a few years after it started. For several decades, it was Pensacola's only station programming to the black community. Since 980 was a daytime frequency, WBOP bought the fulltime 1230 signal in the 80's and moved there. 980 then stayed more or less an Adult Contemporary station as WCHZ (Big Cheese) and WFXP (The Fox), during which time it was re-licensed from Pensacola to Gulf Breeze to get full time operation. Later, WBOP (now on 1230) abandoned it's black format after 30+ years, leaving a format void. 980 returned to the black format as WRNE (Rhythm Nine Eighty), as it is today. To avoid competition with FM stations, WRNE leans mostly towards oldies and gospel.

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