FM Technical Profile: WHVK

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Station Name:
Christian Contemporary
Transmitter Location:
[map] Atop Green Mountain, off Mountcrest Road SE.
Power (ERP):
900 watts
Antenna HAAT:
1,519 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:PS-[?] Time-[?] Text-K-LOVE - (artist/song) PTY-Adult Hits PS-WHVK-FM
Power is <0.5% analog (12 watts)
HD-2: Worship Music
HD-3: Religious Talk
"American Family Radio Talk"
// W225AH Huntsville (HD-2)
// W229BL Huntsville, AL (HD-1)
More Information:
[Image] RDS display image from an Insignia radio, showing the PS (call sign) and Radio Text fields.
[Image] HD PAD data display image from an Insignia HD radio for the main channel, incorrectly showing the information for the HD-2 feed instead. August 2017.
[Image] HD PAD data display image from an Insignia HD radio for the second channel, with generic text, from August 2017.
[Image] HD PAD data display image from an Insignia HD radio for the third channel, from August 2017.
[Facebook] Facebook for the K-Love network
[Facebook] Facebook for the American Family Association
// KLVR Middletown, CA
Educational Media Foundation
This station is a new entrant into the Huntsville radio market for 2007, coming on the air November 1st.  It was reported that they tested for about a day with Christmas music, but flipped to an urban contemporary format the next day as "Hot 103-5", promising 10,000 songs in a row. This station was put on the air by Al Stroh of Stroh Communications, displacing a 200 watt translator licensed to Madison in the process.
In February 2009 Stroh picked up a translator from Radio Assist Ministry on 97.3.  The translator, with 250 watts, is licensed to Cullman but is physically located in or near Hartselle.
In January 2014 Stroh transferred the license to Educational Media Foundation.  As February began, the calls changed from WHWT to WHVK (HuntsVille K-love) in preparation for a flip to EMF's K-Love format.  In late May 2014 the new owners filed to take the station noncommercial.  In May 2015, EMF announced that they would be leasing the HD-2 of the station to the American Family Association of Tupelo, Mississippi, for $350 a month. The station's HD broadcasts appear to have come on (HD-1 only) in the month of April, 2016.  It's unknown if or when the HD2/3 channels will debut.  In late May 2016 the station received a construction permit to more than double power while also raising antenna height.  For this to happen, WLAY-FM in Muscle Shoals had to move to 100.1 MHz.  The American Family Radio feed appears to be active as of mid-July 2016, but on the HD-3, while the HD-2 launched as Air1 a few weeks later in early September.  The higher power facility went on the air in the late summer of 2016; shortly after, the station received another permit to add another hundred or so watts to the total power level, and that went on the air in November 2016.

In December 2021 it was announced that Educational Media Foundation would purchase the W225AH translator from Red Mountain Broadcasting for $145,000.  It previously broadcast iHeart's Alternative Rock "Alt 92.9" format, but flipped to Air1 in April 2022.