AM Technical Profile: WKZD


Frequency:
1310
Format:
Religious
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] Southeast of the intersection of Upper River Road and I-65 just north of Priceville.
Power (ERP):
Day: 1 kW
Night: 33 watts
Antenna:
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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// W285EN Priceville
Owned by Somerville Baptist Church
History:
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 all 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.
 
Reported 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 mentions that the station has 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 has been reported the oldies are completely gone and the station is now strictly religious.