FM Technical Profile: WKEA
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- Station Name:
- Wild Country
view] On the north side of the intersection of CR-100 (McGee
Street), CR-158 and CR-121 west of AL-35 and the Powell community.
- Power (ERP):
- 11 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 492 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- :PS-WKEA FM Time-?
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Google Street View of the station's studios on John T. Reid Parkway
- Southern Torch
- This station
dates back to an original construction permit granted to local
dentist Dr. Ralph M. Sheppard in July 1965. The station signed
on in the fall of 1966 as a Class A on 98.3 MHz, with 1.5 kW from
atop Reservoir Mountain (later known as Melody Mountain). The
station utilized a GE BT-3-B transmitter feeding a Andrew 1302 2
second antenna. The studios were in the Thomas Building in the
Five Points section of Scottsboro. The station was first
assigned the WPJC calls but before it signed on they changed to
WCNA. At the time, it was Scottsboro's third radio station but
first on FM.
From the beginning, the station featured a Country music format.
In 1970, the license was assigned to the company called Mellow Sound
Broadcasting, Inc. That same year, they swapped to a RCA
BTF-1E2 transmitter feeding a Gates FMC 4A four section antenna for
better coverage. In 1979, the studios moved to 115 South
Market Street in Scottsboro.
The license was transferred to KEA, Inc. in 1981, and the call sign
changed to WKEA-FM that same year. The station raised power to
2.35 kW in 1984, from the same transmitter site on Melody
Mountain. They marketed the station as "K 98".
The station boosted power for a second time in 2007, when it boosted
power to the current 11 kW.
In late August 2013 the station debuted a translator on 105.7 MHz,
relaying WKEA. In a curious move, despite being a simulcast,
the translator has its own branding, as "Lake 105.7", including a
website that redirects back to K-98's site. Strange.
The station, along with Stevenson-licensed sister FM WMXN, was sold
to Southern Torch, Inc. in February 2019, for $600,000.
Southern Torch is a DeKalb County-based weekly newspaper for
Northeast Alabama. They re-launched the station as "Wild
Country 98.3" in late August 2019.