AM Technical Profile: WASG
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view] [bird's eye] Off
Talisman Avenue, near the intersection of Interstates 65 & 165,
on the WIJD and WAVH-FM tower.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 2.5 kW
- Night: 19 watts
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
Image of the temporary tower that was erected put WIJD, its FM
translator and WASG back on the air from Prichard in late 2012.
// W291CY Mobile, AL
- Owned by
Alabama Radio Corporation (Wilkins Radio Network, Inc.)
- Starting out on
1140, WASG originated in 1981 as contemporary Christian -- one of
the few Native American owned radio stations in the country.
According to the NAB in 1985, the station broadcast in stereo with
the Motorola C-QUAM system. Boosted power to 50 kW days, then
moved to 550 kHz with low power but comparable coverage. Obtained FM
companion WYDH, then the new owners shut the AM down. Later
owned by Pensacola
Radio, they resurrected the 550 signal, moved the station to a
site near Cantonment, Florida (co-located with co-owned WNVY) then
boosted the power to 10 kW days.
station was reported silent again as of March 2008. An
application was filed in July 2007 to move to Daphne, which was
granted in January 2009. The new tower site is in Prichard,
co-located with WIJD. It remained on the FCC silent list until
a program test authority was filed in January, 2011.
license to cover was filed in February 2011, but shortly thereafter
the station was silent. It is unclear if the station was ever
actually on the air at all, or just long enough to show the new
facility as operational before being shuttered again.
station was finally confirmed on air around 28 July 2011.
Contemporary Christian music was heard being played with no segues,
announcing or other interruptions except for the top of hour
ID. It's worth noting that the original license for the Daphne
move was for 10 kW, but as of the last update from the FCC (Feb
2011), the day power has dropped to 2.5 kW. In late September
2011 it was announced the station was sold to Alabama Radio
Corporation, owned by Bob and Luann Wilkins. They also own
co-located WIJD. The station fell silent on 23
October 2012 when the tower was taken down by emergency dismantling
after being declared a safety hazard. The tower also held FM
station WAVH and another AM, WIJD. WIJD and WASG resumed low
power broadcasting in mid-November from a temporary tower on the
site of their previous license site. Wilkins eventually got a
new tower built on the same site, and full power broadcasting
resumed by March of 2015. During the rebuilding phase, Wilkins
put the station up for sale for $540,000, but had no takers.
In March 2016 they filed to modify the station to commercial
operation. In the fall of 2016 the station began to be heard
on FM translator W291CY on 106.1 MHz.