Sunny 97.1

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History of Sunny 97.1

Sunny 97.1 and 1580 are located in Du Quoin, Illinois.  We operate on the assigned frequencies of 97.1 MHz and 1580 kHz.  Sunny 97.1 features a Hot AC format and plays the greatest songs from The 90's and Now!  Sunny 97.1 is operated by E&R Media, LLC, owners of the Du Quoin Weekly and Pinckneyville Press Newspapers.

Sunny 97.1 and 1580, previously branded as WDQN, originally began as WAVA and was owned and operated by the Ava Broadcasting Company.  It's studios and transmitter were located in Ava, Illinois.  The station was purchased by Ray Lankford in 1953, the station was then moved to Du Quoin and began transmitting from north of Du Quoin in St. Johns.  WDQN's first studio was on the 2nd floor of the Riggio building at the corner of Main and Walnut Streets in Du Quoin.  In 1959, a new studio was constructed at the site of the tower.  WDQN signed on with a BC-GY250 transmitter that as manufactured by the Gates Radio Corporation of Quincy, Illinois.  WDQN operated at a daytime power of 250-watts and a nighttime power of 10-watts and remained at this power even after the deregulation of broadcast powers by the Federal Communications Commission.  This power cycle was used until the original transmitter was replaced in 2003, when the power was then reduced to 170-watts daytime and 6.6-watts nighttime.

In 1969, WDQN signed-on a new FM frequency at 95.9 MHz, and was assigned the call letters, WDQN-FM, which operated as a simulcast of WDQN's AM signal.  In 2003, the Du Quoin Broadcasting sold WDQN-FM to Three Angels Broadcasting of West Frankfort, Illinois.  

The original tower was constructed to a height of about 173 feet, but was then added on to in 1988 to take the height to its current 311 feet.

On October 19, 2018, WDQN signed on a new FM frequency at 97.1 and rebranded as "Sunny 97.1" on October 22, 2018 at 12pm.  Our local commitment to the community has not changed.  Sunny 97.1 will continue to feature local news and sports, and the best music from The 90's and Now for Southern Illinois.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why do I have trouble receiving 1580-AM on my radio at night?

A: During nighttime hours, our immediate signal coverage is reduced by distant stations.  AM radio signals at night are susceptible to "skywave" signals off the ionosphere.  Pictured to the left is a diagram to help show how this happens.

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