FM Technical Profile: WKLV
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- Station Name:
In rural Clarke County, Mississippi, about halfway between Lisman,
Alabama and Quitman, Mississippi. Along the north side of
CR-420 about half a mile north of its intersection with CR-425.
- Power (ERP):
- 32 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 610 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Rebroadcasts KLVR, Middletown, CA
// W261CS Livingston, AL (actual site: Meridian, MS)
: PS- K~Love (artist/song)
Time-[?] Text-93.5 Positive &
encouraging K-Love (artist/song) PTY-Adult
Facebook for the K-Love network
Image showing the RDS data decoded by a Radio Shack DX-398, showing
the PS (station name) field.
- This station
dates back to 1979 as WQGL, a small class A serving the Butler
community. In 1997 they received an upgrade to 25 kW and
became WKZB a short time later. Around the time of the
upgrade, the station started targeting the nearby Meridian,
Mississippi market. After another minor upgrade that moved the
transmitter all the way into Mississippi, the station dropped its
then classic rock format for a variety hits format as Mix 93.5, then
dropped that later for hot AC, as V 93.5 with the WMLV calls.
- In June
2011 it was announced the station was being handed off to
religious-themed Educational Media Foundation as part of a big
sell-off of stations in Meridian. That deal was finalized in
August 2011; the station was noted to be off-air in early September
2011 before a switchover to the K-Love Christian music format, which
is a direct rebroadcast of KLVR in Middletown, California. In
April 2015 the station was also being heard on translator W261CS, on
100.1 MHz, in Meridian. It was moved in from Livingston,
Alabama. By middle July 2015 the station's call letters
changed to from WMLV to WMLG, as the K-Love folks moved the WMLV
calls to a newly acquired station in Miami. The RDS continued
to show "WMLV" as the station name, even after the call sign changed
to WCLR in early June 2017.
The station's call sign changed to WMKQ at the end of November,
2018. This brings it into line with most of the other K-Love
affiliates, which have either LV or K somewhere in the call
sign. It also returns the WCLR call sign to Chicago (via EMF's
station in that market) where it was once on a Easy Listening/Adult
Contemporary station in that market known as "Clear 102".
In July 2019, the call sign changed again from WMKQ to WKLV.
These two sets of calls swapped places; WKLV was previously on a New
York City station that EMF acquired and flipped to their K-Love
format. That station (licensed to Port Chester, NY) flipped to
Air1 after EMF bought New York's semi-legendary WPLJ and moved the
K-Love format to that bigger signal.