FM Technical Profile: WQUA
- Station Name:
- SonLife Radio
view] About 7 miles west of Citronelle, west of the
intersection of Lott Road and CR-96 (Beverly Jeffries Highway).
- Power (ERP):
- 15 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 426 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
PS-SONLIFE RADIO WQUA
Text-Sonlife Radio, www.jsm.org Donations Call 888-288-8350
Image from a Radio Shack DX-398 portable showing some of the
scrolling PS (station name) field.
Image from a Radio Shack DX-398 portable showing a different segment
of the PS field.
Street View of the SonLife Radio studios on Bluebonnet Boulevard in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- Family Worship
Center Church / Jimmy Swaggart Ministries
- This station
dates back to an original construction permit first issued in 1987
to Barbara Kay Turner, for a class A 3 kW station on 101.9 MHz, with
the WSYE calls. The permit was transferred to Fuller
Broadcasting Company of Mobile in 1988. In 1989 the calls
changed to WKQR (KickeR). They got the
station signed on in 1990, with 1.7 kW from a tower site northeast
of Citronelle off Odom Road. The format at this time was
Lyn Communications — then owners of 98.3 WDLT licensed to Chickasaw
— acquired the station in 1993; they kept the country format for a
while but changed the calls to WHXT. Around this same time,
the station was awarded a permit to increase to Class C3 status,
with 15 kW of power on 102.1 MHz. This change limited the
station's choice of transmitting locations, and they signed on the
higher power signal 1995 from a site well west of Citronelle off
Lott Road in rural west Mobile County.
The station flipped formats to southern gospel in 1998 and became
WQUA in October of that year. Just one year later the station
tried classic R&B as "Jammin' Oldies Q 102" but failed to find
traction due to a signal that did not reach Mobile's black
audiences. By the end of July 2001, they were back to southern
gospel, then eventually back to classic R&B.
ABC Disney bought the station in 2002 for $1.5 million
dollars. They flipped the format to their Radio Disney
By the mid-2000's, Radio Disney was transitioning from money-losing
AM and FM outlets for Radio Disney to a more online-centric
approach, and had begun selling off stations. WQUA was sold to
Jimmy Swaggart's Family Worth Center Church out of Baton Rouge in
2005, for $1.25 million dollars. Swaggart's organization put
on their religious preaching and teaching Sonlife