FM Technical Profile: WQEM


Station Name:
-
Frequency:
101.5
Format:
Religious: Glen Iris Baptist Church
Transmitter Location:
[map] In rural central Shelby County, between Alabaster and Columbiana on CR-331, between the road and Bounds Lake, behind the water tower.
Power (ERP):
1.8 kW
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
607 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[FCC]
[FCCdata]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
[Facebook] For the Glen Iris Baptist School
[Twitter] For the Glen Iris Baptist Church
Owner:
Glen Iris Baptist School
History:
This station dates back to an original construction permit issued in the fall of 1996 to a company called Sharepoint Management, Inc.  Eleven months after getting the permit, they assigned ownership to a company called Southern Star Communications.  Eleven months after that transfer, the license was transferred to Clear Channel Communications, who was unable to get the station on the air before the original permit expired.  After getting the permit re-instated, the station picked up the WQEM calls and was first was heard on air in October 1999, relaying Clear Channel's CHR 103.7 WQEN in mono. 

In January 2003 WQEM changed from a relay of WQEN-FM Gadsden to a relay of WGIB-FM Birmingham. The deal occurred to allow Clear Channel's 102.5 WDXB to relocate from the Tuscaloosa tall tower to a site in Birmingham on Red Mountian.  As part of the deal, Clear Channel sold this station for $1,000 and access to WGIB's tower site on Red Mountain.  WGIB relocated to Double Oak Mountain at US-280 in southeast Birmingham and picked up more power and a bigger coverage area, as well as this relay.  In the winter of 2005/2006 the station received a permit to slightly increase power, from the original 1.4 kW to 1.8 kW.