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WNFN
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City of license Millersville, Tennessee
Broadcast area Nashville, Tennessee
Branding i106
Slogan "Nashville's Hit Music Station"
Frequency 106.7 (MHz)
First air date September 22, 1995
Format Top 40 (CHR)
ERP 2,950 watts
HAAT 294.3 meters
Class C3
Facility ID 29862
Callsign meaning W - Nashville's FaN (from previous sports format)
Owner Cumulus Media
Sister stations WQQK, WRQQ, WSM-FM, WWTN
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://www.i106hits.com

WNFN (106.7 FM, "i106") is a Top 40 (CHR) formatted radio station in the Nashville, Tennessee market, broadcasting a Top 40 format.

Previously licensed to the affluent Nashville suburb of Belle Meade, and recently obtaining a permit for an increased signal, with a new license based in nearby Millersville, WNFN was formerly operated under the callsign of WNPL. The station's original construction permit listed Mt. Juliet, Tennessee as the city of license, but this was changed amid concerns of interference with radio communications at Nashville International Airport. WNFN now transmits their signal over HD Radio.

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Previous Formats

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As WNPL

As WNFN

  • 2004 to 2009: "ESPN 106.7 The Fan" (Sports Talk) (briefly named "SportsRadio 106.7 The Fan" upon launch)

The former all-sports format was adopted on December 23, 2004, in part as a way of splitting the sports shows then broadcast on WWTN away from the political talk shows that it otherwise broadcasts on the premise that the overlap in listenership between the two formats is minimal, and the callsign change soon followed. The station had marketed itself as "Nashville's only all-sports FM" and "Nashville's Sports Leader", until being dropped on July 29th, 2009.

The once-popular SportsNight afternoon drive-time talk show was briefly simulcast on both WWTN and WNPL/WNFN before being relegated to WNPL/WNFN alone in early 2005. Due in part to the lower power of WNFN and in part to the previous departure of popular host George Plaster to competitor WGFX, SportsNight (hosted by Blake Fulton, Joe Biddle and, for around two years, Pete Weber) fell into a precipitous ratings decline. Both it and the mid-day local talk show Sports Brunch (hosted by John Dwyer and Bryan Mullen) were discontinued in March 2006. SportsNight would eventually be replaced by The Sports Guys (which began in July 2006) featuring longtime Nashville sportscaster Bob Bell, former Middle Tennessee State University head football coach Boots Donnelly and Nashville newcomer Jonathan Shaffer. Donnelly left the show in February 2007, and was replaced by former Tennessee Titans President Jeff Diamond. Bell left in July 2007 and replaced by Thom Abraham out of Cumulus sister station WUMP/Huntsville.[1] The Abraham show was discontinued after February 6, 2009, leaving no local content, except for MTSU games and coaches shows. Otherwise, the station broadcasts almost exclusively programming from ESPN Radio and selected major sporting events. ESPN Radio was formerly featured on AM 560 WNSR (Nashville Sports Radio)in Nashville. According to a story in Billboard's Radio Monitor and other publications, Cumulus Media, WNFN's owner and ABC Radio, ESPN's parent company were both sued in Federal Court in Nashville over tortious interference with a contract (between ESPN and WNSR) due to the move of ESPN programming from WNSR to WNFN. According to the article, this was in violation of antitrust laws. Settlement was apparently made out of court after Cumulus and ABC tried unsuccessfully to move the suit to New York.

In 2006, WNFN became the flagship station of the Middle Tennessee State University athletic department.

Reformat to Top 40

On July 29th, 2009, WNFN went "under construction", airing construction sounds saying that a new station in Nashville was being built and to check back at 1:06pm. There had been rumors that the station would flip to a religious format as "Praise 106" and a man in a deep voice would occasionally quickly say "Praise 106", after a female announcer would say "A new station for Nashville is coming soon!", however no "Praise 106" ever launched, and this was thought to only throw people off. On July 30, 2009 at 1:06pm CST the station launched a Top 40 (CHR) format as i106, and immediately after the launch, the old 106.7 The Fan website redirected to the new i106 website. Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas was the first song. This is Cumulus's second top 40 station launched during the same month, cloned after sister station WRWM in Indianapolis.

References

  1. ^ "Sports host Abraham leaving, but show staying". The Huntsville Times (Huntsville, Alabama). 2007-06-24. "WUMP to also introduce new morning program WUMP-AM 730 sports personality Thom Abraham is moving to Nashville, but his show will remain on the air in Huntsville. Abraham hosts the daily "Thom Abraham Show" from 3 to 6 p.m. That show will continue at the same time but originate from Nashville's ESPN-FM 106.7 The Fan."  

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