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History of Sunny 97.1

Sunny 97.1 FM and 1580 AM 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 best music from 2K and TODAY!  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.  Its studios and transmitter were located in Ava, Illinois.  The station was purchased by Ray Lankford in 1953 and was then moved to Du Quoin and began transmitting just 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-AM's signal.  In 2003, the Du Quoin Broadcasting Company 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.  Three days later, on October 22 at 12pm, the new Sunny 97.1 took to the airwaves.  Our commitment to the local community has not changed.  Sunny 97.1 will continue to feature local news and sports along the best music from 2K and TODAY for Southern Illinois.