|Broadcast area||New Orleans metropolitan area|
|Slogan||The News, Talk, and Sports Leader|
|Frequency||105.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||September 8, 1970(as WVSL-FM)|
HD2: Sports/lifestyle talk "3WL"
|HAAT||306 meters (1,004 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Wide |
(Loyola University of New Orleans, former owner of WWL (AM))
|Former callsigns||WVSL-FM (1970–1975)|
(Entercom License, LLC)
|Sister stations||WWL, WWWL, WEZB, WKBU|
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WWL-FM is a simulcast of news/talk WWL (AM) in the New Orleans, Louisiana radio market, licensed to the New Orleans suburb of Kenner. The Entercom station broadcasts at 105.3 MHz with an ERP of 96 kW. The station's studios are located at the 400 Poydras Tower in New Orleans' downtown area, and the transmitter site is in the Chalmette, Louisiana.
Before October 2005, the station was rock WKBU, with previous formats including crossover (as WAIL 105) since 1981, adult contemporary (as WLTS, Lite 105) since 1984 (WLTS was used previously on the Electronic Program Guide on Cox Communications in the New Orleans area in the 1980s), and adult top 40 (as WKZN, "105.3 The Zone") since 2000.
On August 29, 2005, the station's transmitter was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. It would later return to the air with low power as a simulcast of WWL (AM) 870.
In early October 2005, WTKL and (Bayou 105.3) switched frequencies. On March 23, 2006, the station returned to the air as WTKL with a classic hits format with the "Kool" name, formerly of Kool 95.7. Only three weeks later, it was decided by Entercom to discontinue that format and return to the WWL simulcast, citing positive listener response to WWL being able to be heard on FM (and complaint about its removal), along with issues in the New Orleans CBD with AM reception, though the decline of the 50s/60s oldies formats and New Orleans' decline in population among those 55 and older also played a role in the change. The "Kool 105.3" format continued as an Internet-only webcast for a short time thereafter.
Sister station WLMG was the original home of the WWL-FM calls during the 1960s and 70s, airing beautiful music.
The station was instrumental in assisting motorists over the air during Hurricane Gustav that occurred on August 31, 2008.
New Orleans Saints on WWL–FM 105.3
|Season||Flagship station||Play-by-play||Color commentator||Sideline reporter||Studio host||Studio analyst|
|2009||WWL–FM 105.3||Jim Henderson||Deuce McAllister||Kristian Garic|
- WWL-FM website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WWL
- Radio-Locator information on WWL
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WWL
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