FM Technical Profile: WRTT
- Station Name:
- The Rocket
Co-located with WAHR and a few other stations on the tower at the
end of Juniper Lane NW, just off Pulaski Pike NW.
- Power (ERP):
- 13.5 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 909 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- :PS-95.1 | THE ROCKET plus song
title/artist Time-[unknown] Text-(song)
/ (artist) PTY-Rock PI-WRTT-FM
Image of the RDS text display from an Insignia HD portable showing
the station's Radio Text and PI (call sign) fields.
Street View imagery of the Rocket City Broadcasting studios at The
Boardwalk in Huntsville.
- Southern Stone
- This frequency
dates back to 1947, when The Huntsville Times put a station on the
air here with 15 kW as a companion to WHBS AM. As WHBS-FM,
little is known about the station or its format, and it seems to
have gone away by 1955.
The current facility dates to an permit for a new station on 92.9
MHz, with 3.1 kW, licensed to Hughey Broadcasting Corporation
(Austin M. Hughey and Mitchell Jerome Hughey), issued in May
1960. It signed on in November 1960 as WNDA. The station
broadcast from the same site as the studio, at 2409 9th Avenue SW in
Huntsville, near the Lowe Mill complex on Pinhook Creek. The
station used a Gates FM 1B transmitter feeding an Andrew 1304-2
4-bay antenna. The tower was short, and the "Height Above
Average Terrain" was actually minus
50.2 feet because of the hilly terrain surrounding the
city! Just a few months after signing on, the station sought
to move to 95.1 MHz, with the same power and antenna height.
That change debuted in February 1961.
Ownership of the station was sold to Wells Broadcasting (Frederic E.
Wells) in 1970 for $95,000. Under their ownership, the station
had a Christian Religious music format, along with a smattering of
Classical tunes. In 1972, the station upgraded to a maximum
Class C2 with 50 kW, but from a short tower height of just 108 feet
HAAT, still from their studio site on 9th Avenue SW. They
employed a Gates BCF-10C transmitter feeding Gates FMC-12B
At some point in the late 80s or early 90s it appears the format
shifted to a Contemporary Christian presentation.
STG Media purchased the station in 2000 for $6 million. The
station received another signal upgrade in 2000, when it moved to
the (co-owned by STG) WAHR site northwest of Pulaski Pike. The
big increase in height at this location required a downgrade in
power to 12 kW but increased coverage overall. On 31 January
2000, the longtime Christian music format went away when the station
flipped to "KIXX 95, Continuous Country", becoming WRTT in the
process. On 14 February 2000, the format flipped again, this
time to Classic Rock as "95.1 The Rocket, Huntsville's Rock
Station". Rumor has it that Fred Wells wanted the new owners
to "chase his listeners off" before they debuted the rock music,
hence the short duration country format!
Morning show Rick and Bubba were yanked of the station in November
2007, after the duo chose not to renew their syndication rights with
their employer. The show, under a new syndication deal, moved
to River 100.3 shortly afterwards.
After Black Crow (formerly STG Media) filed for bankruptcy, the
licenses of their stations were transferred to Southern Stone
Communications in December 2011. The
station received a construction permit to boost power from 12 kW to
13.5 kW, while remaining at the same location and antenna height, in
December 2016. They filed a license to cover for this minor
change in February 2017.