FM Technical Profile: WVUA

Station Name:
The Capstone
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [street view] On the campus of the University of Alabama, behind Reese Phifer Hall.
Power (ERP):
220 watts, vertical only
Antenna HAAT:
161 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
The University of Alabama Board of Trustees
This is the student run "training" station at the University of Alabama. It was originally WUAL-FM, but whne the full service NPR outlet on 91.5 came on the air in the early 80's, the called and college format switched to WVUA and the new frequency. Shortly thereafter, the calls WUOA became available when that Tuscaloosa station on 95.7 changed calls. After much discussion between the communications department and the student "employees", it was decided to not change the calls, primarily because of WUOA's connotation as a softer station. The WUOA calls have since been picked by one of the University's TV stations, serving the Birmingham area. In late August 2010, the station received a construction permit to increase power from 120 to 220 watts from the existing site.  The permit was listed as on air in December 2010.