FM Technical Profile: WRKH


Station Name:
96.1 the Rocket
Frequency:
96.1
Format:
Classic Rock
Transmitter Location:
[map] On the WKRG-DT tower and co-located with several FMs: WMXC, WABD and WHIL.
Power (ERP):
77 kW
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
1755 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.

Artist Experience (album or artist art and station logos) - Active, both channels
HD-2: Sports "99.5 The Jag"

* HD2-PTY-
Talk
// W258AY Mobile
HD-3: Christian Religious "Freedom Radio FM"
// W223BX Saraland (soon?)
// W266CM Mobile
:
PS-Rocket The Home of Classic Rock [artist / song title]
Time-
Present
Text-
Rocket [song title/artist] The Home of Classic Rock
PTY-Classic Rock
PI-
KAZN-FM
Radiotext+ Song Title/Artist-Yes
Radiotext+ Station Short Name-Rocket
Radiotext+ Station Long Name-Rocket The Home of Classic Rock
More Information:
[FCC]
[FCCdata]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
[Facebook] For "The Rocket"
[Facebook] For "99.5 The Jag"
[Facebook] For Freedom Radio FM
[Picture] Image showing the HD PAD data for the station's HD-1 broadcast, from September 2015.
[Picture] Image showing the HD-1 PAD data on a Toyota HD radio, showing album art
, from March 2016.
[Picture] Image showing the HD-1 PAD data on a Toyota HD radio, showing the station logo, from March 2016.
[Picture] Image showing the HD-2 PAD data on a Toyota HD radio, showing a placeholder for album art or station logo, from March 2016.
[Picture] Image showing the HD-2 PAD data on a Toyota HD radio, showing the station logo
, from March 2016.
[Picture] Image showing the HD-2 PAD data on a Toyota HD radio, showing the "99.5 The Jag" logo and information in the text, from March 2016.
[Picture] Image showing the HD PAD data for the station's HD-2 simulcast of AM 710 WNTM, from September 2015.
[Picture] Image showing the HD PAD data from a Mazda sedan's radio, with the simulcast of AM 710 WNTM, from September 2015.
[Picture] Image showing the HD PAD data for the station's HD-3 Freedom Radio FM broadcast, from May 2017.
Owner:
iHeartMedia
History:
Was Mobile's first independent FM. WLPR were the calls, which stood for Living Presence Radio -- a term to describe the stereophonic sound. Went on the air in 1964. Likely started off from a short tower off Schaub Avenue in west Mobile, off Airport Boulevard. Later moved to the First National Bank building downtown, with a small antenna atop the building and studios on the 12th floor. Stayed with those calls and the beautiful music format until 1987, when new owners re-named the station WAVH, The Wave. The format was vocal based easy listening. Within two years the station went to the oldies format. In the mid 90's the station changed to WMYC -- Mobile's Young Country -- as a strategic move against a sister station's competitor. At this point the WAVH calls and oldies format went to 106.5 FM. Once the competitor was bought out, 96.1 underwent more changes, this time to WRKH calls with a classic rock format.
 
The start of September saw a change on the station's HD multicast channel.  They've dumped CHR "Hot Spot" programming for a simulcast of WNTM-AM, Clear Channel's Mobile-based news/talker.  This gives the station a substantial boost in coverage over the AM, especially at night.  The HD multicast fell silent in January 2012, but returned in March of that year, then fell silent again in August, only to return sometime in January 2013.
 
Although this station is listed as a full class C, it does not actually have the maximum facilities.  Clear Channel had a permit to raise the power to 100 kW at an even greater antenna height, but that permit was dismissed in March 2012.  It is believed they dropped the boost so WBBN in Taylorsville, Mississippi, could improve its coverage area.  In November 2015 the station added graphical station logo capability to the HD-1 and HD-2 channels.
In the winter of 2016 it was revealed that iHeart Radio signed a deal with the University of South Alabama to create a Jaguar-themed sports channel, to be hosted by WRKH-HD2 and fed to a translator at 99.5 MHz.  The format, which officially debuted on 2 April 2016, includes a mix of sports play-by-play for the university, as well as talk shows and the Uncle Henry show from News Talk 710 WNTM.