AM Technical Profile: WALQ

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Adult Contemporary, Talk, News
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [satellite closeup] [studio: #1 | #2] About halfway between Shorter and Tallasee along the north bank of the Coosa River, just south of Taylor Road.
Power (ERP):
Day: 25 kW
Critical Hours: 1,000 watts
Day & critical hours: 1 tower, omnidirectional
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
Owned by Augustus Foundation
Silent STA filed in August 2014; operates sporadically to keep license active
// WIRB Level Plains
Came on the air in the late summer of 1979, possibly as a locally run 'AC with local news' station. For a short while it simulcast WACQ-FM when it signed on, then for a few years went to satellite AC. After that, it ran for a while with news/talk/sports, most of it satellite fed. Although the city of Carrville is no longer incorporated, it is still the city of license. The station switched to satellite fed oldies in February (year?).  At some point in either late 2007 or early 2008 the station upgraded to 25 kW days, 1 kW critical hours.  That and a transmitter site move increased coverage over Montgomery, Tuskegee and Auburn.
The station eventually got on an FM translator, heard over W266BJ during daytime hours, a translator licensed to the Golddust community.  At night, the translator repeated WRLD-FM out of Valley, which also did an oldies format.
It was reported in October 2008 that WACQ has switched to ABC's satellite-fed "Classic Hits" format, and that the FM translator was relaying the AM 24 hours a day.  The translator broadcasted from the tower behind the station's studios in Tallassee, which can be seen in the above Street View links.  Although licensed for 25 kW, the station has, as of August 2011, been only running 2 kW due to transmitter issues.
The station has transferred ownership many, many times since coming on the air.  It's had stints of ownership through Tiger Communications, Hughey Communications, Progressive United and others.  Hughey wound up transferring the license to current owners Westburg Broadcasting Montgomery, LLC in May of 2011. 
In late August 2011 it was announced on the Montgomery Radio & TV website that WACQ would be adding its format to WBIL's spot at 580 kHz.  It appears to be a trimulcast between this station, the translator and the Tuskegee station.  This station has been repossessed, and eventually moved out the trimulcast.  The WACQ calls and translator were to eventually be moved to the 580 kHz station while the gospel from WBIL will move here, but it took until the end of June 2012 for the move to happen.  WACQ 1130 thereafter went silent and has a silent STA filed with the FCC, allowing up to one year of silent operation.  The calls changed to WALQ in June 2012. 
The station came alive again in the summer of 2014, simulcasting the country music format of Selma's Dixie 100 (WDXX), which is also heard in Linden on WINL.  The station filed for another silent STA in August 2014, citing poor economic conditions in the area.  In August of 2015, the station was reported to be back on the air again long enough to maintain the license, this time simulcasting WNWN Coldwater, Michigan, out of the Battle Creek metro area.  Like WINL in Linden, it's also known as "WIN 98.5" and is also a country station.  Although still silent as of February 2016, the station has an application filed to be recipient of a new FM translator through the FCC's special AM revitalization plan; if granted, it would take the Westburg-owned translator from WBNM in Alexander City.  The station came alive again in October 2017 for a time to keep the license active, again simulcasting WINL and WDXX.  It did the same thing again in November 2018.  As of late June 2019, the translator that was slated for this station was deleted by the FCC for operating at variance with its licensed parameters.

As of early December 2019, the station is reported to be airing a News/Talk format.

It was announced in August 2020 that the station was being sold to the Augustus Foundation, owners of WHSL in Lisman, for $40,000. A Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) began on 10 August.  The station was reported off the air in late September 2020, but was on again in early October simulcasting WIRB Level Plains with a mix of Classic Soul, R&B, Talk and Sports programming. 

The music was changed to a "top 100 Adult Contemporary" format in March 2021.  The station filed another Silent STA in May 2021.

In March 2022, the station filed a resumption of operations and a concurrent Special Temporary Authority to operate at the 1 kW critical hours power due to damage to the transmitter.