AM Technical Profile: WCKA
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- Classic Country
view] Off CR-19 (Roy Webb Road), just north of Jacksonville,
on John Turner Broadcast Blvd.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 50 kW
- Night: 500
- Day: 2 towers [pattern
- Night: 3 towers
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
the Continental transmitter's front panel
Sonny at the helm
a view of the towers.
an alternate view of the towers.
Owned by Alabama 810 LLC (Steve Gradick)
- This station first signed
on the air during March 1987 as WJXL, with an adult contemporary
format, after roughly decade of extensions to the original
construction permit. From the get-go, the station ran 50 kW
during the day and 500 watts at night.
Roughly a year later, ownership changed from HMS Broadcasting of
Jacksonville to Bussey-Hayes Communications, Inc; one half of this
company was Bill "Bubba" Bussey of the popular Rick
& Bubba Show that is syndicated throughout the
south. Bussey was the general manager of the station when it
came on the air. The Hayes half of the duo was likely Troi
Hayes, the head sales manager at the time.
After the station fell silent, the license was transferred to Peoples
Network in May of 1995 and the call sign later changed to WNSI.
Under their ownership, the station came back on the air with a talk
format. Less than a year later, the station's license was
transferred to United Broadcasting Network, headquartered in White
The station was sold by United Broadcasting to Les Graddick's Alabama
810, LLC in the fall of 2003 for $235,000. The calls changed to
WCKS in the winter of 2004, and the station flipped to its current
wide-ranging country format. The calls changed again, to WCKA in
November of 2006 after the company acquired an FM station in Ashland
(now WCKF). After Les Gradick passed in 2019, ownership passed
to his son, Steve.