AM Technical Profile: WACQ


Frequency:
580
Format:
Classic Hits
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] South of Tuskegee on US-29, just southeast of the intersection with CR-46.
Power (ERP):
Day:  500 watts
Night: 139 watts
Antenna:
Day & night: 1 tower, omnidirectional
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// W266BJ Tallassee, AL
History:
Was WABT in it's early days. The 1957 Radio Annual shows it as WTUS and with an on-air date of 1952.  Had been WBIL for a number of years and until just recently (maybe, since the early 2000s?) was also simulcast on WBIL-FM (95.9) in Tuskegee. It's been the same format for years and has only recently added a night service. WBIL stands for "We Believe In Love".

 
In late August 2011 it was announced by the Montgomery Radio & TV website that Carrville's WACQ would be taking over the 580 kHz frequency and placing WACQ's classic hits, talk and sports format there.  The station will be part of this trimulcast for a while, eventually taking on the WACQ calls and originator for the translator. MRTV also reports the owners plan to move this station's transmitter site from Tuskegee to Shorter to better cover Tallasee and Montgomery.  As of May 2012, it appears this plan is discarded or on hold, as WBIL is still being reported as playing gospel and WACQ is still classic hits.  At the tail end of June 2012 the switch occurred and WBIL dropped gospel for classic hits.  The old WACQ 1130 fell silent and took on the WALQ calls.  The WACQ calls moved here in July 2012.