AM History Profile: WKYD
Early on the
WCTA-AM (CovingTon Andalusia) and it was on 1340 instead of 920.
on in 1946 as Andalusia's first station. It was first managed and
owned by J. Dige Bishop, who went on to start several other
the region. In 1951 they got an FM counterpart, with the
By the late 50's was on 920 kHz with the WCTA calls. In
station changed calls to WKYD and format to middle of the road
was acquired by a new owner. In 1980, the station became
"The Entertainer", with a mixture of music. The format didn't seem
because in the early 80's the station went country. The FM
AM when it had a CHR format in the mid 80's. In 1988 the FM
this station was sold and moved out of Andalusia a bit to better
Ft. Walton Beach and Pensacola. Eventually, WKYD began to
FM station, which was playing oldies as 98.1 "The Surf". In the
WKYD became a news/talk station. AM 920 was then sold to WAAO,
its studios into the WKYD building (built in the 60's for
WKYD had three
at one point; it was directional at night. Later it went
with lower power. Then one of the towers was taken down. After
Opel took down the one the station was using. Finally, a four-lane
road meant the demise of the last tower. The station went dark for
in the late 90's.
has been deleted, and it was reported silent in May of 2009.
station's making way for WEZZ, which is moving from Monroeville to
Before going off air, the station was licensed for 5,000 watts
watts night, and featured news, sports and talk programming.