WNAH STATION HISTORY AND

PHOTO GALLERY

WNAH began broadcasting at 6 a.m. on December 24, 1949, from studios in the penthouse of the James Robertson Hotel in downtown Nashville.  WNAH was the first station in Nashville to accept local religious programs as a part of its regular schedule.  Fatherland Baptist Church was the first church to begin broadcasting on WNAH and  continues to this day.   Fatherland’s first broadcast was December 25, 1949.  Several other churches have been on the station almost as long. WNAH is the only Nashville licensed radio station to continue to be operated by its original owner.

In 1961 the station moved to the Hermitage Hotel and remained there until 1973.  In September of 1973, the studios were moved to a much larger facility in the Whitehall Building at 1701 West End.  In 1978, to facilitate continued rapid growth of the station, WNAH purchased the building that houses our present facilities at 44 Music Square East.  The station transmitter site has remained at the same location on Whites Creek Pike since the station went on the air in 1949.  In October, 2010

WNAH installed a new BE-AM-1 transmitter greatly improving our AM sound quality and signal.   Simulcast broadcast service is now available worldwide at www.wnah.com.

Major sports events such as Chicago White Sox Baseball, the Mutual Game of the Day,  Notre Dame Football, and coverage of local sports are all part of the station’s rich history.  For a period of time in the 60’s, the New York Metropolitan Opera was aired every Saturday afternoon.  Since its inception WNAH has been affiliated with, or carried news and /or programs from all the major radio networks ... CBS, ABC, NBC and Mutual.  WNAH presented live broadcast coverage of the Tennessee State Fair for many years. Many other remotes from important Nashville events have been covered through the years including Christmas Village and various expos as well as other important Nashville events.  Since 1965, WNAH has presented the “WNAH Direct Line to

Santa Claus” at the North Pole workshop.  From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Children of all ages can here daily updated messages from Santa Claus by calling 615-737-9333.

The format of WNAH is Christian Talk ... 24 hours a day featuring many well known national and local pastors and teachers.

The goal of WNAH has always been and will continue to be to provide the highest quality, friendliest service available to our many fine customers and loyal audience.  In the future, it is our intention to stay in tune with the latest technologies and developments and to continue to provide the same quality service, hopefully for another 64 years!

 

 

 

Van T. Irwin, Jr.

Opening Day  12/24/49

Van T. Irwin, Jr.

Tony Cappuccilli

WNAH announcer Webber Parrish interviews

Charlton Heston

in the early 1950’s about

his latest movie.

President John F. Kennedy campaigning  for President at Memorial Square in Nashville in the fall of 1960.  Carried live by WNAH.

Text Box: The WNAH transmitting tower, sending out a powerful signal over
middle Tennessee and 
southern Kentucky

            Tony         Jason           Hoyt

 

Text Box: This is inside the WNAH transmitter 
building displaying the new (2010)
Broadcast Electronics transmitter
on the right. The old Gates transmitter
is now used only as a stand-by and is
visible on the far left of this picture.

Downtown Nashville as viewed from near the top of the WNAH tower on  Whites Creek Pike. 

Phot0 taken by Jason Cooper while climbing the tower for inspection and maintenance.

 

WNAH was in the Hermitage Hotel from 1961 until 1973.  .

 

 

Mrs. Goldie G. Irwin

and son

Van T. Irwin, Jr.

at the Hermitage Hotel  studios

around 1967.

Hoyt Carter recording a commercial in the WNAH studio in the Hermitage Hotel in 1965.

Altec Microphone unsed in the WNAH Control Room During the 1960’s

Hoyt Carter

Hoyt in the present WNAH

control room.

Text Box: WNAH Building from 1978 until the present.

David Atwood hosting a Saturday afternoon Broadcast on WNAH from the Iris Room of the Hermitage Hotel.  This program features live musical performances featuring local talent.

Davcid Atwood  just completing a live local newscast in the WNAH control room at the Hermitage Hotel studios in 1970.  National and world news was provided from the Mutual Broadcasting System and the ABC Radio Network.

The WNAH studios were located in the

Whitehall Building at 1701 West End Ave.

from 1973 to 1978.  This shows parts of the reception area and control room.

Text Box: Bob Nelson
Text Box: Gary McCollum
Text Box:             A SALUTE TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN  A PART OF AND GREATLY CONTRIBUTED TO
THE RICH WNAH HISTORY.  THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS  WHO MAY NOT BE SHOWN 
OR MENTIONED IN THE PREVIOUS  WNAH WEB PAGE NFORMATION.

Herman Rippy  Sales   1950 - 1967  (Deceased)
N. T.  (Doc) Gallucci    Sales 1968 - 1997  (Deceased)
Jim Williams,  Program Director   1958 - 1965
Bob Whitson   Announcer  1955 - 1960
Jerry Haddux   Announcer    1957 -  1965
Howard (Woody)  Woodard   Chief Engineer  1949 - 2000  (Deceased)
Paul Caldwell   Announcer  1985 - 1995    (Deceased)
Mike Perry   Announcer   1981 - 1993   (Deceased)
Tim Easter   Announcer   1979 - 1982
Joel Keen  Announcer  1981 - 1983
Mark Kissling  Production  1983 - 1986
Karl Peltier  Sales  1967 -  1986  (Deceased)
Mike Brown   Announcer    1995 - 2001
Scott Winchel Announcer   1988 -  1993
Robert  (Bob) Ogles   Production     1979 -  Present
David Spence  Announcer  1999 -  2001
George Hale  Engineer  1975 -  Present
William (Bill) Grist  Promotion 1967 - Present
Marshall Griffin  Production  2009 - Present
David H. Profater  Production   2007 -  Presnet
Joey Carpenter  Production  2008 -  Present
Mark Allen   Production   2010 - 2012
Scott Bailey  (WMRO Radio, Gallatin, TN)   Production 1994 - Present
Ron Gabriel   Production   1974 - Present
Gladys Sanders Hart  Talk Show and Features  1983 -Present
Mike Richardson   Features   2005 - Present
Jeff Carr  Announcer  1996 - 2000

Eric Cornell in the WNAH

control  room (2001)

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