AM Technical Profile: WQHC
Licensed location; tower and studio appear to have been removed by
view] STA location on Section Line Road in Hanceville.
Just east of Hanceville, on CR-538, near CR-537. (CP)
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 850 watts
- Critical Hours:
- STA: 10 watts
- Day: 1,000
- Day: 1 tower
- 0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's
// W264DL Hanceville, AL
- This small
station in an even smaller town dates back to an original
construction permit issued to Betty Jean Stinedurf (d/b/a B. J.
Morgan, who was president and GM) in the spring of 1984. The
owners struggled to get the station on the air, and the license
expired and had to be reinstated twice before things got up and
lumbering under their own weight. The station eventually
debuted in December 1985 with a religious format, and the WHZI
calls. It ran 460 watts, daytime only, although it was initially
licensed for 500 watts.
The station was sold by Betty Jean Stinedurf to "Rojo, Inc." for
$45,000 and change in 1990, although B. J. Morgan remained station
president and GM. The calls changed to WRJL in November, 1990,
but it kept the religious programming. The station got a boost
to 850 watts in 1994, but remained a daytimer due to its dial
position. The calls changed to WXRP in early 1997, still with
The station was sold to Maplewood Properties, Inc. in 1999, for
$175,000. In 2004 the station decided to try rock music to
appeal to the kids at the local community college. During this
time there may have been some Spanish language programming on the
Rock music on AM did about as well as you'd expect, and the station
struggled to stay on the air. It was sold to WJR Broadcasting,
LLC in 2004; they in turn donated it, likely while it was off the
air, to Joe Communications, who sort-of operated a network of AM
religious stations in Alabama and Georgia. Joy's Christian
network programming was put on the station when it was returned to
the air on 8 January 2007. Shortly after getting the station,
Joy changed the calls to WLYG (We Love You God?).
Joy took the station silent in August 2007. They filed for an
official Special Temporary Authority to remain silent in October of
that year. One year later they resumed transmitting just in
time to sell the station to Queen of Heaven Catholic Radio, for
$18,000. If that price seems low, it's because the sale did
not include the land or tower! Queen of Heaven was thus forced
to take the station silent again through another STA while they
sought a place to get it back on the air. Whilst on the hunt
for land, the calls changed to WQHC (Queen
of Heaven Catholic Radio), to
match their sister station WQOH in Irondale.
Catholic programming debuted when Queen of Heaven Catholic Radio got
the station back on the air in November of 2009. It broadcast
(again, with an STA) for 10 watts from a small whip antenna, mostly
to keep the license from being deleted.
- In late October
2011 the station was donated to La Promesa Foundation, who operates
several stations in Texas as well as one in Maryland. They
program Catholic religious in both English and Spanish. It
appears that with the donation, the station switched to
noncommercial operation. In August 2012 the station received a
permit to relocate to a permanent facility, with a small boost in
daytime power to 1 kW. In late July 2013 the station license
was transferred to Fatima Family Apostolate International. The
1 kW facility was never built out, and one running 850 watts was
instituted in 2014. In November 2015 the station again
received a permit to go 1,000 watts daytime only.
As of January 2018, the station is still operating on their 10 watt
Special Temporary Authority first applied for back in June of 2010,
having renewed it over a dozen times.
The station received a permit to construct a new FM translator on
100.7 MHz in Hanceville in late January 2018.