FM Technical Profile: WKKR

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Station Name:
Kicker 97
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view #1 | #2] [bird's eye] On the southeast corner of the intersection of AL-51 (Marvyn Parkway) and Moores Mill Road.
Power (ERP):
3.1 kW
Antenna HAAT:
453 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[Studio] Street View imagery of the iHeartMedia studios on Saugahatchee Lake Road in Opelika.
Signed on with lower power in the late 60's as WFRI by Faulkner Broadcasting.  Had a MOR format, then migrated to oldies and then top 40 in the 70's.  In the 80's it was known as "Rock 97" and had a classic rock format.  After an ownership change of this and AM sister station WAOA (now WTLM), the AM flipped from country to oldies, and the FM flipped from rock to country.  It was at this time the calls changed to the present WKKR (KicKeR fm).  In May 2014, then-owners Qantum Communications sold their entire cluster to Clear Channel, including this station.

The station received a construction permit in mid-May 2018 to leave their old transmitter site off Marvyn Parkways in town, to relocate to the AM tower behind the studios on Veterans Parkway, northwest of Opelika.  The change comes with a big drop in coverage due to lower power and lower antenna heights used.  The permit that was issued in mid-May 2018 was cancelled at the licensee's request in November 2020.