WWL-FM

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WWL-FM
WWL AM870-FM105.3 logo.png
CityKenner, Louisiana
Broadcast areaNew Orleans metropolitan area
BrandingFM 105.3
SloganThe News, Talk, and Sports Leader
Frequency105.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateSeptember 8, 1970 (1970-09-08) (as WVSL-FM)
FormatNews/talk
HD2: Sports/lifestyle talk "3WL"
ERP96,000 watts
HAAT306 meters (1,004 ft)
ClassC1
Facility ID52435
Transmitter coordinates29°58′57″N 89°57′9″W / 29.98250°N 89.95250°W / 29.98250; -89.95250Coordinates: 29°58′57″N 89°57′9″W / 29.98250°N 89.95250°W / 29.98250; -89.95250
Callsign meaningWide
World
Loyola
(Loyola University of New Orleans, former owner of WWL (AM))
Former callsignsWVSL-FM (1970–1975)
WXEL (1975–1981)
WAIL (1981–1984)
WLTS (5/1984–9/1984)
WLTS-FM (1984–2000)
WKZN (2000–2005)
WKBU (1/2005–10/2005)
WTKL (2005–2006)
OwnerEntercom
(Entercom License, LLC)
Sister stationsWWL, WWWL, WEZB, WKBU
WebcastListen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Websitewwl.com

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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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.

The station is the flagship of the NFL's New Orleans Saints [2] and LSU Tigers football

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tucker, Ken (14 April 2016). "Oldies Come And Go In New Orleans". Billboard Radio Monitor. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Saints Radio Network Stations". New Orleans Saints. Retrieved 30 October 2016.

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