FM Technical Profile: KRLE
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- Station Name:
Northwest of the Eldrige community in Walker County, between old
US-78 and Corridor X, at the end of Farris Road.
- Power (ERP):
- 79 kW vertical
/ 1 watt horizontal
- Antenna HAAT:
- 289 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Wiki link to the K-Love network page
Facebook for the K-Love network
RDS display image from an Insignia portable radio showing the PI
(call sign) and Text data fields decoded from Florence, Alabama.
- This station originated
as an allocation to Oberlin, Kansas in 2006, on 91.3 MHz. The
permit was won by a company called Salt & Light Communications,
which appears to be a shell of American Family Association. AFA
got the station in their name shortly after the permit was
granted. The original call sign was KOEN.
- AFA swapped the station
to Educational Media Foundation in March of 2007, and they changed the
calls to KRLE and likely flipped the format to Contemporary Christian
"K-Love" at that time. The company applied for a rare major
modification to this humble, low powered facility in 2009, which would
see it move from Kansas to Carbon Hill, and change frequencies to 89.7
MHz, while boosting power from under 300 watts to 79,000 watts.
The Carbon Hill facility was put on the air in the late fall of 2012,
still carrying the K-Love network programming.
- This is
officially Alabama's only station to start with a K-call sign.
In November 2013 they acquired a translator in Vance, halfway
between Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. It was only temporary, as
that translator was re-purposed for a commercial format by a
Tuscaloosa-area station in 2015.