AM Technical Profile: WKDG
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view — from 2014] [bird's
eye] Just east of Old Highway 78, south of Sumiton.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Night: 3 watts
- 1 tower
Contour from the
FCC's Public Files
Owned by Communication and Education Development Initiative
// W249EC Sumiton, AL (CP)
- This station dates back to an original
construction permit issued in 1977 to Sumiton Broadcasting Company in
Sumiton. It signed on June 27th, 1978 as a 1 kW daytimer playing
country music. The call sign was WRSM. The station chugged
along from the day it signed on until some time in 2003 when it fell
silent after one of the two station owners took it off the air.
The station remained off and did not notify the FCC of the silent
period, which passed the magic 12 month mark for automatic deletion
per FCC rules, wherein the commission deleted the license.
After a minority shareholder plead the company's case to the FCC, the
license was re-instated in March 2007. It's unclear if the
station remained on the air before the license was re-instated, and
whether it operated at full power afterwards.
- Sumiton Broadcasting Company attempted
to sell the station for just over $105,000 in 2008 to a group called
American Trust Corporation, but the deal fell through.
Afterwards, they wound up donating the license to Joy Communications,
Inc., who at the time operated a few other struggling small town AMs
as part of a fledgling Christian programming network. They
flipped the format to southern gospel and changed the calls to WKDG in
August 2009. Joy was able to run the station until about March
of 2010 when they were forced to take the station off the air due to
financial issues. It was noted that after Joy took the station
off the air, copper thieves vandalized the site, leaving it in a state
of total disrepair.
Before March of 2010 was out, Joy donated the license to
Communications and Educational Development Initiatives (spelled
“Iniative” on some FCC forms). They got the station up and
running with their Kingdom Radio Network programming by the end of
January 2011, and ran the station until they too were forced to take
the station silent in August 2017, citing loss of lease on the tower
site. It appears the station may have been off much longer that
this, however, as there is no evidence of a broadcast tower at the
licensed site going back to at least 2015.
Despite being off the air for who-knows-how-long, the station appears
to have been granted a permit for an FM translator on 97.7 MHz, in
In October 2018, a transfer application was filed to hand the license
for the station and its translator permit over to Save Our Daughterz,
Inc. That application was rejected in June 2019.
- Four days before the license was set to
expire for being off the air for more than a year, the station filed a
resumption of operations with the FCC with a temporary facility.
Concurrently, they also filed a Special Temporary Authority (STA) for
that temporary facility, but because the temporary location had not
been previously approved, it did not legally count. Therefore,
in the February 2019, the FCC canceled the license and deleted the