FM Technical Profile: WQNR

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Station Name:
Kate FM
Classic Hits
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Just south of I-85 exit 32, on CR-30.
Power (ERP):
2.85 kW
Antenna HAAT:
459 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
-Adult Hits

More Information:
Tiger Communications
Hughey Communications acquired the original construction permit for this station in February 1989, to be the FM companion of their daytime only AM'er WACQ.  When it signed on in October 1992, it launched with a rather rare formula for a small town radio station: locally programmed Top 40, with an emphasis on Tallassee and Reeltown school sports.  The station was known as "Power 99", WACQ-FM.  The studios and transmitter site were the same as the AM, on Macedonia Road just outside Tallassee.  The station later dropped being local for automated Top 40, but then was changed to Oldies by 1997.  Two years later in 1999, the station was known to be simulcasting the Alternative Rock format of sister station WTGZ-FM in Tuskegee.  Around this time, the calls changed to WQNR.  The simulcast must have been a success, as it went for most of the year, despite WTGZ never mentioning the 99.9 MHz frequency on air.  The station broke from the simulcast in October 1999 to launch a Classic Rock format, with Auburn sports

By the year 2000, the format was tweaked to lean more Alternative.
The format was tweaked again early in April 2008, moving to a classic hits-type format as "99-9 Kate" (later just "Kate FM").