FM Technical Profile: WQKS
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- Station Name:
- Kiss 96.1
view] Between exits 3 and 4 just north of I-85 in
Montgomery. Just north of Harrison Road between Greenwood
Cemetery and Lincoln Cemetery. Located at the WAKA/WNCF/WBNM studio
space on their old tower.
- Power (ERP):
- 900 watts
- Antenna HAAT:
- 247 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
PS-KISS-FM - plus song title/artist info
HD-2: Classic Hip-Hop "Yo! 100.5"
- // W263BX
HD-3: AOR "107.1 The Vault"
- // W296AI
HD-4: Classic Country "The Possum"
- // W280EI
AUX (CP): 500 watts vertical @ 199 feet. 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
for Yo! 100.5
107.1 The Vault
for The Possum
Street View imagery of the Bluewater Broadcasting studios in
- This station
started off in December 1990 as WLNE-FM (Light N Easy) with
beautiful music. Moved towards lite AC as Lite FM 96. The station
then switched to the popular "Arrow" (All Rock and Roll Oldies)
format and changed the calls to WROW. Since then it switched back to
regular AC as Soft Rock 96.1, and has settled in 1999 as Kiss 96
with an urban AC/classic soul format. Monday, September 27, 1999,
has this station with another new format — this time all
80's music! The calls are still WQKS but the slogan is now "The 80's
Channel, Kiss 96.1".
- In September
2000, the station switched formats to an adult
contemporary/contemporary hits format similar to that of WBAM's. The
change occurred along with changes at WBAM and WJMZ in the market.
Those stations switched back to their original formats in October,
but WQKS has moved to news and talk, which is what WJMZ was,
briefly. Confusing? Yes!
- WQKS dropped
the news/talk experiment early in October 2000 and moved to "Rockin'
hits of the 80's, 90's and 70's" with the slogan "Alice 96.1".
That format morphed eventually into more classic rock-oriented music
- In March 2004
the station was bought in a group purchase of four Montgomery
outlets by Bluewater Broadcasting.
- In late August
2008 the station flipped from longtime variety hits "Alice" to "Q
96.1" with classic hits.
2011 saw some big changes for the Montgomery radio dial, as WQKS
added HD multicast broadcasting to its slate. The HD-2 debuted
in August 2011 with lighter adult contemporary fare as "Lite 100.5",
while the HD-3 channel started a little later with urban jams as
"Yo! 107.1". Both subchannels are being fed to area
translators. On 25 September 2013 the Yo! format was dropped
for an album cut-leaning classic rock format known as "The
Vault". The "Yo!" branding returned to the market after
Christmas 2014 when the HD-2 dropped "Lite 100.5" for classic
hip-hop, again using the "Yo!" moniker. In July of 2013 the station
added a fourth subchannel, launching classic country "The
Possum". Leading up to this HD/translator combo's launch,
Bluewater peppered the area with billboards showing nothing but a
possum, leading some locals to wonder if it were a new restaurant
(!) coming soon. The station dropped "The Vault" on the HD-3
for CHR as "Hits 107.1" in September, 2015. That lasted less
two years, when The Vault's AOR format returned to 107.1 and the HD3
in August 2017.
- The station flipped from
classic hits on 9 March 2016 to adult contemporary as "Kiss 96.1",
marking the second time the station has used that moniker. The
flip came after a few weeks of rumor that a third full-power CHR was
set to launch in the market, which may have been a diversion for the