WYAM (AM)

WYAM (AM)

Infobox Radio station
name = WYAM


city = Hartselle, Alabama
area = Huntsville, Alabama
branding = "Fiesta Mexicana 890"
slogan =
frequency = 890 (kHz)
airdate =
format = Spanish Variety
power = 2,500 watts (day only)
class = D
facility_id = 17352
coordinates = coord|34|34|00|N|86|54|46|W
callsign_meaning =
former_callsigns = WHRT
affiliations = American Family Radio
owner = Decatur Communications Properties, LLC
licensee =
sister_stations = WYAM-LP
webcast =
website =

WYAM (890 AM, "Fiesta Mexicana 890") is a Spanish language Variety formatted radio station licensed to serve Hartselle, Alabama.cite web |title=Station Information Profile |work=Arbitron |url=http://www.arbitron.com/] The station primarily serves the Huntsville, Alabama, market. It is owned by Decatur Communications Properties, LLC.

Due to FCC regulations, the station must sign-off at sunset, to protect Chicago's WLS. The WYAM transmitter is located about 1 mile south of the Tennessee River adjacent to I-65. FCC sunset is at various times, yet this transmitter is normally on 24 hours a day.Fact|date=June 2008

Programming

The station is one of three in the area that broadcast in Spanish. [cite news |work=Columbus Ledger-Enquirer |title=Alabama Radio Reaches Hispanics |location=Columbus, Georgia |date=2001-07-05 |page=C4 |quote=Suzie Wiley's radio station had a special mission on Independence Day — explaining what the holiday is all about. Wiley's WYAM-AM has started a new Spanish-language program called "Juntos" that caters to north Alabama's growing Hispanic population. |accessdate=2007-12-30] The others are WKAC (1080 AM) in Athens (which broadcasts part-time in English) and WJHX (620 AM) in Lexington.

The station is also an affiliate of the American Family Radio network. [cite web |work=American Family Radio |url=http://www.afr.net/newafr/stationlist/alabama.asp |title=Station Listing - Alabama]

WYAM is a former affiliate of the now-defunct Outdoor Sports Radio Network. [cite news |work=This & That: Online Auction Roundup |title=Calling All Collectors Radio Show |first=Ina |last=Steiner |url=http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y204/m01/abu0110/s06] The station carried limited OSRN programming, including Gary Sohmers' "Calling All Collectors" on Saturday mornings.

History

The station has previously aired Gospel music and Oldies formats. Until June 1, 1994, the station's call sign was WHRT.cite web|url=http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=17352&Callsign=WYAM|title=WYAM Call Sign History|work=FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database]

Another station in the Huntsville market, WTAK-FM, was assigned the WYAM call letters from November 15, 1991, until July 6, 1993.cite web |url=http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=25383 |title=WTAK-FM Call Sign History |work=FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database]

Ownership

In September 1999, WYAM was sold to Priority Communications LLC (Danis L. Willingham and James D. Early, members) by WAJF Inc. (d/b/a Grass Roots American Inc.) for a reported sale price of $75,000. [cite news |title=Changing Hands |author=BIA Financial Networks |work=Broadcasting & Cable |date=1999-12-20] [cite web |title=Application Search Details - 287015 |url=http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=287015
work=FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database
] In September 2003, Priority Communications consummated its transfer of the WYAM license to Decatur Communications Properties LLC, the station's current owner. [cite web |work=FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database |url=http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=660742 |title=Application Search Details - 660742]

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