AM Technical Profile: WACT
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eye] [street view: studio
Visible from I-359 in Tuscaloosa, the station's studios and tower
are located at the end of 38th Street, just off Greensboro Avenue.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 5 kW
- Night: 108
- 1 tower
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
Street View imagery of the iHeartMedia studios in downtown
Owned by iHeartMedia
W245BR Tuscaloosa, AL
- 1420 was WACT
(for Alabama Crimson Tide) and was the city's first top 40 station
in the late 50's, even though it was a daytimer. They had to give up
the top 40 in the early 60's and went easy listening. Later got a
companion FM (WACT FM) and became sucessful as a country combo. The
FM played contemporary country, the AM classic country. Was "taken
over" by Rick and Bubba along with WACT FM when Capstar bought out
the station. The FM went rock and the AM changed to a southern
gospel format. According to the NAB in 1985, the station broadcast
in stereo with the Motorola C-QUAM system.
- In July of 2004
the station changed to an all sports format, calling itself "The
Tusk". The station broadcasts some University of Alabama sports.
- In September
2008, Birmingham's rock outlet changed calls, releasing the historic
WENN calls. They wound up here, displacing the historic WACT
- The historic
WACT calls returned to the station on February 28th,
2009. They've also dropped the sports for a news/talk format,
sharing some programming with Birmingham talker WERC and replaying
Rick and Bubba mid-days. Around the first of May 2009 the
station was reported to be simulcasting on Brookwood-licensed FM
station WRTR. In 2012 the station split from the news/talk
simulcast to pick up Clear Channel's 24/7 Comedy network.
- Clear Channel shut down
their comedy network in August of 2014. The station flipped to
gospel music under the "Hallelujah 1420" moniker.
- The gospel was dropped in
March of 2015 as the station began playing adult contemporary music as
"96.9 MYfm", while now also being heard on translator W245BR.
In late August 2019, the translator received a construction permit to
leave the Jug Factory Road tower that all the TTI, Inc. translators
had been using for one in Holt, previously home to WMHZ's translator.