FM Technical Profile: WKLS
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- Station Name:
- Rock 105.9
Southwest of Rainbow City, east of US-411 (Rainbow Drive) at the end
- Power (ERP):
- 630 watts
- Antenna HAAT:
- 643 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- HD-2: Sports
- // W248CE
[Facebook] For Rock
- This station
dates back to an original construction permit issued to Cherokee
Broadcasting Corporation for a new Class A FM (as WKYD) signal on
105.9 MHz. It signed on in 1993 from a site off AL-68,
northwest of Centre in Cherokee County, as WRHY. The format
was Country as "Y-106".
Williams Communications, Inc. bought the station in 1999.
In March 2008, the format flipped to Rock as WFXO, simulcasting
The calls changed to WKLS in October 2012. Those calls had
previously been on a big Atlanta rock station. That same year,
the station began trying to move to the Gadsden market, first by
getting a permit to transmit from a taller antenna site south of
Centre, then later by getting a permit to broadcast from the site
they use today, south of Rainbow City in Etowah County. That
facility signed on in the summer of 2013, and was re-licensed to the
community of Southside.
After moving to the Gadsden area, the station eventually added HD,
launching a Sports Talk format on the HD-2 subchannel, which feeds a
translator on 97.5 MHz in Gadsden. ESPN was eventually dropped
for a temporary simulcast of their sister station WHMA-FM in the
Anniston area. That gave way to a revamped Sports Talk format
on the HD2 as "WKLS Sports".
The translator was purchased by Williams from Shelby Broadcast
Associates in the summer of 2019 for $40,000.