- WYAM (AM)
Infobox Radio station
name = WYAM
city = Hartselle,
branding = "Fiesta Mexicana 890"
frequency = 890 (kHz)
power = 2,500
watts (day only)
class = D
facility_id = 17352
coordinates = coord|34|34|00|N|86|54|46|W
former_callsigns = WHRT
American Family Radio
owner = Decatur Communications Properties, LLC
WYAM (890 AM, "Fiesta Mexicana 890") is a
Spanish languageVariety formatted radio stationlicensed 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 Riveradjacent to I-65. FCC sunset is at various times, yet this transmitter is normally on 24 hours a day.Fact|date=June 2008
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 Radionetwork. [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.
The station has previously aired
Gospel musicand Oldiesformats. 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 lettersfrom 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]
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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