Out towards Garcon point,
west of where Escambia Co. roads 191 & 281 meet.
2,500 watts day / 1,000
2 towers day:
/ 2 towers night
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.