FM Technical Profile: WAHR
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- Station Name:
- Star 99.1
- Variety Hits
eye] Off Juniper Drive NW, west of Pulaski Pike NW.
- Power (ERP):
- 100 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 984 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Time-[unknown] Text-song title /
artist PTY-[unknown] PI-WAHR-FM
HD-2: Classic Hip-Hop/R&B
"98.1 The Beat"
// W251AC Capshaw
// W298BZ Huntsville
// WLOR Huntsville
Image of the RDS text display of an Insignia HD portable showing the
PI (call sign) and Radio Text fields being decoded, from a few years
RDS decoded on an AT&T Insite phone in Florence showing the PS
and Radio Text fields as well as PTY (format), May 2019.
Street View imagery of the Rocket City Broadcasting studios at The
Boardwalk in Huntsville.
- Southern Stone
- WAHR was put on
the air in 1959 by Arnold H. Hornbuckle (Arnold Hornbuckle Radio or
Arnold Hornbuckle Records), a local record store owner. The studio
and transmitter were both housed in the Huntsville Times building,
- The station was
sold to former WAHR jock Steve Shelton (STG Media?) in July 1999 and
now calls itself "Star 99". The transmitter is now off Drake
Mountain off Juniper Road. In March 2001, the studios moved to
a complex housing WRTT and WLOR at 1900 Memorial Parkway.
interesting to note that this is the only top rated FM in the market
that's actually located in the city of Huntsville. All the other top
FMs are located in Athens (WZYP), Decatur (WDRM), Trinity (WWXQ),
Hartselle (WTAK) and even Tullahoma, TN (WPZM)!
the 2009 summer season this station transitioned from a sleepy soft
AC into a more upbeat Hot AC type station, according to
reports. After WWFF flipped to its "Journey" 80s and 90s
format, Star moved off Hot AC And back to a more variety hits type
format. In December 2011 the Black Crow stations, including
WAHR, were transferred to Southern Stone Communications.
The station showed up on the iBiquity HD radio guide website in
early 2019, although it wasn't active at the time. That HD
signal signed on in early April 2019, and the HD2 came on in October
2019, airing the "98.1 The Beat" Classic Urban format from
WLOR. After Thanksgiving 2019, WLOR and one of the translators
it was feeding broke off to do Christmas music, but rejoined "The
Beat" format heard here on the HD2 format after the start of 2020.