AM Technical Profile: WKZD
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eye] Southeast of the intersection of Upper River Road and
I-65 just north of Priceville.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Night: 33 watts
- 1 tower
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour from
the FCC's Public Files
owner-church's website, with schedule for the station.
- // W285EN
Owned by Somerville Baptist Church
- This station
dates back to an original construction permit issued in December
1983 to Abercrombie Broadcasting Company (Alvin Abercrombie, who
owned a local Chevrolet dealer), for a 1 kW daytimer. The
permit expired and an extension was sought multiple times to bring
it back to time, causing the station not to sign on until the end of
1986. It came on with a mix of Classic Country and Religious
programming, with studios in the Priceville Shopping Center.
The original call sign was WJRA.
By the early 90's, the station had transitioned away from secular
music and concentrated on religious programming and Southern Gospel
music. In 1996 Abercrombie launched an FM companion
(WQAH) licensed to nearby Addison.
In 2001 the station's call sign changed to match the FM, becoming
WQAH (AM) but with the same Southern Gospel format as before.
In 2006 this station flipped from a gospel format to Health Talk,
carrying the Health
Radio Network. As of July 2007, however, it went back to
Southern Gospel music.
In early September 2008 this station was reported to have dropped
Gospel for Oldies, eventually dropping the WQAH calls for WKZD,
"crazy about the oldies". They also began transmitting over
W287AD, an FM translator on 105.3 MHz licensed to Priceville.
Reports are that the translator's audio quality and coverage left
much to be desired, which may explain why, in the fall of 2012, the
station moved down two notches on the FM dial to 104.9 MHz.
silent sometime in mid July 2010, the station continued streaming
online, according to reports. In March 2011 it was reported to
be back on the air again.
- The station's
ownership was transferred from Abercrombie Broadcasting AM, Inc. to
Somerville Baptist Church in late April 2015, after the family of the
late Alvin Abercrombie decided to concentrate on the more profitable
FM station. The format stayed Oldies, but a report from early
October mentioned that the station had religious preaching while the
oldies keep playing in the background, softly. It's unknown if
this is on purpose or a technical screw-up.
By June 2016 it was reported the oldies are completely gone and the
station is strictly Religious. In November 2020, Somerville
Baptist Church filed to take the station non-commercial. They
began using the "Hope Radio" slogan on air afterwards.
In August 2021, Somerville Baptist Church sold the station and its
Priceville-licensed translator to Fun Media Group of North Alabama
(who own 92.7 WFUN in Arab) for $85,000. They applied to return it to
commercial status in September 2021. Concurrent with the sale
and change from non-commercial status, Fun Media Group is also
applying to move the translator to a cell phone tower west of the
Huntsville International Airport, and change frequency to 95.7 MHz.