FM Technical Profile: WLRH
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- Station Name:
- Public Radio WLRH
- Public Radio
view] [Bing bird's
view] In the Periwinkle Spring area atop Monte Santo Mountain,
just south of Bankhead Parkway, across Monte Santo Boulevard from
WAAY-DT and WHNT-DT's towers. Co-located with WHIQ-DT.
- Power (ERP):
- 100 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 1,047 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- SCA: Alabama Radio Reading Service for print-impared
- HD-2: Classical24
- :PS-WLRH Huntsville's Public Radio
Time-[?] Text-[?] PTY-[?]
// W283CM Fort Payne
- More Information:
RDS display from an Insignia HD portable radio.
HD-1 display from an Insignia HD portable radio.
HD-2 display from an Insignia HD portable radio.
HD-3 display from an Insignia HD portable radio.
Educational Television Authority
- This station
dates back to an application for an original construction permit by
the city of Huntsville Public Library in 1973. The original
application was planned to broadcast with 100 kW from an antenna
height of 754 feet Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT) at the
Burritt Museum property on Monte Santo Mountain east of downtown
Huntsville. The studios would have been at the historic First
National Bank of Huntsville building on Fountain Circle, across from
the Madison County Courthouse. For the next year, objections
to the application were filed by Taft Broadcasting Company, owners
of WBRC channel 6 in Birmingham. These objections were almost
certainly over interference concerns due to the closeness of the
frequency to TV channel 6 and the power level requested. Taft
had also objected to the application for WBHM in Birmingham.
In 1974, the application was updated. The studio location was
changed to Room 222 of the Times Building in Huntsville. The
transmitter location was changed to the 12000 block of Mountcrest
Road SE, atop Green Mountain, about 8 miles south of downtown
Huntsville. The transmitter type was changed to an RCA
BTF-20E1, and antenna updated to a ten-bay RCA BFC-10B model.
The facility was finally signed on in the fall of 1976. The
call sign was WLRH, for Library Radio Huntsville.
It also launched with a Subsidiary Communications Authorization
(SCA) on 67 kHz, for a radio reading service for the blind.
This represented the first Public Radio formatted station in
Alabama, beating Birmingham's WBHM to air by just a few months.
The library was unable to maintain the station, so in the fall of
1977, the license was transferred to the Alabama Educational
Television Commission (AETV), operators of the state's Alabama
Public Television (APT) network.
In 1988, the studios left the Times Building for the campus of the
University of Alabama at Huntsville, despite the university having
no hand in the station's operation or management.
- In late October
2009 the station received a construction permit to move from its
existing site on southeast Huntsville's Green Mountain to the
WHIQ-TV tower atop Monte Santo, not far from where WAAY and WHNT
operate. The change increased antenna height but not the
coverage area due to using a directional antenna. In January
2011 it was reported to be on air from the new facilities, with HD
The station appears to have started being rebroadcast on Fort
Payne-licensed translator W283CM in early 2017. The translator
had originally repeated Gadsden's WSGN (which itself repeated
Birmingham's WBHM) but this ceased when WSGN was sold to new
owners. That translator was sold in 2022 to a company based in
Scottsboro, so it will likely cease rebroadcasting WLRH at some
point later that year.