FM Technical Profile: WQLS
- Station Name:
- The Q - The People's
- Black Gospel,
Urban AC, Blues
view] South of Camden on AL-265 at Bo Diddly Road.
- Power (ERP):
- 400 watts
- Antenna HAAT:
- 420 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- This station
goes back to 2008 as a construction permit issued to TBTA
Ministries, for a facility Wilcox County with 11 kW and a slightly
directional antenna, but over time the owners were unable to fund
construction. As the expiration date approached, the owners
(at that point, Alabama Christian Radio) filed a changed in November
2011 for minimum power just to get the facility on-air. They
got it on air by New Year's Day 2012, running black gospel
music. If the WQLS calls sound familiar, that's because they
had a home over in Montgomery for years on what is now WTXK.
being a non-commercial station, it is reported they run full-on
adverts during some programming. The station started out
running black gospel music, but has reported to be running more
secular music, including R&B and blues. In the spring of
2012 the station was sold by Alabama Christian Broadcasters to
Townsend Broadcasting Enterprise, along with the construction permit
for WVPL in Dozier. In the fall of 2012 they started
broadcasting in stereo.
- In April 2012 the station
received a construction permit to relocate to a nearby tower, increase
power to 8.5 kW and employ a directional antenna. That permit
expired, unbuilt, in 2015
- The station's license was
transferred from Townsend Broadcasting to a consortium of the
station's DJs and staff in May of 2016, for $2800. The new
ownership group is named Wilcox Broadcast Communications.
The station announced on the air in September 2018 that they would be
shutting down at the end of the month, although as of the first week
of October, that has not happened. It appears the station did
finally go off the air sometime around the start of 2019.