AM Technical Profile: WCMA
[street view: studio,
Just east of the intersection of Mark Donnell Road and Dale County 102,
about a mile south of Level Plains.
Day: 50 kW
Critical Hours: 2.5
Night: 6 watts (CP)
1 tower / omnidirectional
Owned by Perihelion
Global, run by T.O.P.S. in a local marketing agreement (LMA).
This station traces it roots back to Samson
in Geneva County, as WRDJ on 1490 kHz. The station moved to 1350
kHz and moved up to Daleville in the mid 80's. Later they moved down the
dial to 1560 kHz. After being sold several times, the station eventually
picked up a talk format.
The station was bought by a company called
"News Talk 1560" in 1992, running 5kW days, 2500 watts during critical
hours and 50 watts pre- and post-sunset. (The 50 watt transmitter once
served all day when the main transmitter was taken out by a leaky roof!)
"News Talk 1560" was composed of station manager Wyatt Cox, Tom Holter
and Herb Kraft as CEO. The calls changed to WTKN (now We're
TalKiN') due to confusion between the WRDJ calls and area-FM WDJR.
The station enjoyed a strong audience, but went dark due to being underfunded
The station was LMA'd and eventually transferred
again, coming under John H Beebe's ownership in 1997. Under Beebe
the station got a permit to increase power from 5 kW days only to 50 kW
days, 2500 watts critical hours. That facility probably came on around
spring 2005. The calls changed to WCMA in February 2005. After
the upgrade signed on the station was reported to be running a classic
country format, but fell silent sometime thereafter. The station
was reported back on the air in March 2009 with a southern gospel/religious
The station's license was cancelled in January,
2011. Prior to cancellation, the station applied for and was denied
another STA to stay off the air while building out their construction permit.