|City||Kinston, North Carolina|
|Broadcast area||Kinston, North Carolina|
|First air date||October 12, 1968|
|Owner||Dick Broadcasting |
(Dick Broadcasting Company, Inc. of Tennessee)
|Sister stations||WERO, WQSL, WQZL, WRNS, WXQR|
Broadcasting at 95.1 MHz, the station has a non-directional signal of 100,000 watts, that reaches "from the capital to the coast". The station has served Kinston and eastern North Carolina since the 1960s, when it was WFTC-FM. At one time, it was the only country station in the area and had one of the highest market shares of any station. Known for its generosity, the station has held a radiothon for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital annually for the past 5 years. The station is constantly ranked as the #1 station in its market by Arbitron.
The WRNS-FM transmitter antenna is located on WCTI-TV's tower north of Trenton, North Carolina. Studios are located in New Bern.
In September 2017, Dick Broadcasting announced the purchase of Alpha Media stations in three markets — 18 stations and two translators in total, at a purchase price of $19.5 million. The acquisition of WRNS-FM by Dick Broadcasting was consummated on December 20, 2017.
Jim Mantel, who spent 18 years on WGAR-FM in Cleveland and was named to the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2017, retired in 2018 after hosting the morning show since 2010, joined by Crystal Legends in 2012. Bobby Bones moved from WQSL/WQZL to replace Mantel, and Legends, also program director, moved to middays.
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-324. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
- "Raleigh-Durham FM Dial". Archived from the original on 2003-02-01. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
- Venta, Lance (2017-09-05). "Dick Broadcasting Acquires Three Markets From Alpha Media". radioinsight. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
- Venta, Lance (2018-03-12). "People Moves 3/12: Julian 'Jumpin' Perez Becomes First 104.3 Jams Host". radioinsight. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
- Venta, Lance (2018-07-02). "WRNS Revises On-Air Lineup Following Jim Mantel Retirement". radioinsight. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
- WRNS-FM website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WRNS
- Radio-Locator information on WRNS
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WRNS
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