FM Technical Profile: WLRH

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Station Name:
Public Radio WLRH
Public Radio
Transmitter Location:
[map] [Google sky view] [Bing bird's eye] [street view] In the Periwinkle Spring area atop Monte Santo Mountain, just south of Bankhead Parkway, across Monte Santo Boulevard from WAAY and WHNT's towers.
Power (ERP):
100 kW
Antenna HAAT:
1,047 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
SCA: Alabama Radio Reading Service for print-impared people.
HD-2: Classical24
HD-3: News/Talk/Music
:PS-WLRH Huntsville's Public Radio Time-[?] Text-[?] PTY-[?] PI-WLRH-FM
How's the Signal?
Slightly squashed to the north and south, but it covers all of the Huntsville-Decatur region well.
More Information:
[Picture] RDS display from an Insignia HD portable radio.
[Picture] HD-1 display from an Insignia HD portable radio.
[Picture] HD-2 display from an Insignia HD portable radio.
[Picture] HD-3 display from an Insignia HD portable radio.
Alabama Educational Television Authority
The calls stand (rather boringly) for Library Radio Huntsville. WLRH was started by the Huntsville Public Library in 1976 and broadcast from the Huntsville Times building. It became the first public radio station in the state, beating WBHM in Birmingham by a few months. The library was unable to maintain it, so the license was transferred to the Alabama Educational Television System (now Alabama Public Television.) In 1988, the studios were moved to their present location on the campus of the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Strange, considering the station isn't managed, staffed or programmed by the university.
In late October 2009 the station received a construction permit to move from its existing site on southeast Huntsville's Green Mountain to a tower in the Monte Santo area.  The change will facilitate an increase in height but the coverage area will not change much due to using a directional antenna.  In January 2011 it was reported to be on air from the new facilities, with HD digital multicasting.