AM Technical Profile: WALQ
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Contemporary, Talk, News
closeup] [studio: #1
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:
- Day &
critical hours: 1 tower, omnidirectional
- 0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's
Owned by Hughey Communications, Inc.
Silent STA filed in
August 2014; operates sporadically to keep license active
// WIRB Level Plains
- This station
dates back to an original construction permit issued to Hughey
Broadcasting Company, Inc, for a 1 kW daytime only operation on 1130
kHz licensed to Carrville. When the station signed on in the
summer of 1979, it was broadcasting with a Collins 820D2
transmitter, located at the studios on Tallapoosa County Road 6 just
northeast of Tallassee. The station likely signed on with an
“AC with local news” format. It later would switch to a
satellite fed Adult Contemporary format.
The call sign changed to WSFU in August 1985, although the format
and ownership remained the same. It was back to WACQ by June
In 1989, Hughey launched an FM companion to the station, WACQ-FM on
99.9 MHz, transmitting from the WACQ tower. It simulcast the
AM for a short time before splitting off to do its own programming.
The station and its FM sister were sold to Tiger Communications in
1992 for $50,000. The station would be sold again in 1994 to
Tuskegee Communications Company for $250,000. Two years later,
the license would be transferred to WACQ Licensee, Inc. The
format around this time dropped music for News/Talk. In 1998,
the stations would be sold back to Hughey for $382,000. Hughey
would later transfer the FM back to Tiger Communications, but keep
the AM… for a little while.
The station was sold in February 2000 to Progressive United
Communications, Inc. for $165,000. They flipped the format to
Oldies. The station was granted a permit to raise power to 25
kW, while still remaining a daytimer, in August 2007. That
facility signed on in the fall of 2008. The station eventually
began to be heard on FM translator W266BJ, licensed to the
unincorporated community of Golddust. By day it was relaying
WACQ's Oldies format, but at night it switched to relaying WRLD-FM
in Valley, which also had an Oldies format at the time.
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
- Hughey transferred
the license of the station to Westburg Broadcasting Montgomery, LLC
in May of 2011.
- In late August
2011 it was announced on the Montgomery
& 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 was later repossessed, and 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
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.
In October 2022, the FCC fined the station $11,000 for various rules
violations, including unauthorized periods of silence, operating at
lower-than-authorized power levels and failure to file a license
renewal in a timely manner. In November 2022, Augustus
Foundation sold the station back to Hughey Communications for a total
of $25,000, including the $11,000 fine from the FCC.