FM Technical Profile: WTID
- Station Name:
- Kowliga Country
Just outside the Thomaston city limits to the south, west of AL-25,
behind AL Johnson High School.
- Power (ERP):
- 500 watts
- Antenna HAAT:
- 46 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- // WKGA-FM
- Great South
- This is a tiny
station with a long list of call letters. It started out as
WAYI, on 97.7 MHz back in the late 90's. The station fell
silent in 2002 and wasn't back on until 2003, then was off again in
short order in May 2003. Great South Wireless acquired the
station in 2003, and while still silent changed the calls to
WSMO. The station barely made it back on the air again before
the license was revoked, only to go off again a short period of time
later. During this third silent period, the station changed
hands (within the same company, apparently) and changed calls
several times: to WEZZ, then WKGA, then WZLM. Finally in
2008 the station grabbed the WTID calls, which resided for a long
time on a Tuscaloosa station. The station is still
listed as silent according to the FCC, dating back to June
2009, citing issues getting power from the power company to the
transmitter site. The station was found to be still silent, or
silent again, in February 2015.
station received a construction permit to move to 103.9 MHz in
August 2008, and the station returned to the air in March
2009. As part of a shuffling of Great South and other black
belt regional stations, WTID received a construction permit to
relocate and re-license to Orrville, which would have brought
Selma's WMRK to Thomaston, but this was either cancelled or allowed
to expire without being built out.
early March 2010, the station received another construction permit
to boost power from their existing 30 foot tower. The station
would have increased power from 500 watts, to a very oddball setup
of 6,300 watts horizontal and 1,260 watts vertical. In
February 2012 the station received a modification to that permit to
increase to an even 7 kW H/V, at a much taller antenna HAAT of 287
feet, located on an existing tower south of Thomaston off Highway
25. That permit was cancelled in February 2012.
The station's license was deleted, along with several other Great
South/Valleydale stations, in late February 2018.