AM Technical Profile: WACQ
- Classic Hits
view] South of Tuskegee on US-29, just southeast of the
intersection with CR-46.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 500
- Night: 139
- Day &
night: 1 tower, omnidirectional
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
Street View imagery of the station's small studio on Barnett
Boulevard in Tallassee; behind the building is a
studio-to-transmitter tower with the FM translator antenna visible
near the top.
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// W251CM Tuskegee, AL
- This station dates back
to July of 1952 when it came on the air as WTUS under the Radio
Tuskegee company, as a daytime-only operation. In either '58 or
'59, the calls changed to WABT. Those calls had previously been
on Birmingham's channel 13, and would later show up again on a station
in the Huntsville area. Maco Broadcasting owned the station by
the 70's, and under their ownership the format was Middle-of-the-Road
- The station was acquired
by the curiously-named All Channel TV Service, Inc. in 1973; they
changed calls to WBIL (for We
Love) and flipped
the format to service the black community, including urban
contemporary music. During its years as WBIL, the station
converted to 24 hour operation with a small amount of night power.
- After nearly 40 years of
service to east central Alabama's black community, the Montgomery
Radio & TV website reported that Carrville's WACQ would be taking
over the 580 kHz frequency from WBIL; although the move was planned
for August 2011, it wasn't until June 2012 that the switch actually
happened. A planned tower move to better compete in Montgomery
never materialized, either. The WBIL calls were discarded for
WACQ in July 2012. (WACQ, on 1130, fell silent and took the WALQ
calls.) A year later the station picked up an FM translator
companion on 101.1 MHz.
The station received a construction permit for a new translator on
98.1 MHz in Tuskegee in January, 2018. In July 2018, they filed
to move the translator permit to a site between Tallassee and
Tuskegee, while their existing translator on 101.1 MHz will move
halfway between Tuskegee and Auburn, to rebroadcast Auburn's WAUD.
That facility signed on in early September 2018.