FM Technical Profile: WRYD
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- Station Name:
- Revocation Radio
- [map] [street
view] County Road 42 in Chilton County,
halfway between Jemison and I-65. Co-located with WPJN.
- Power (ERP):
- 13 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 459 feet.
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC
- : (inactive)
- How's the
- Signal is very
good south of Alabaster, in Columbiana, Calera and Montevallo.
Signal is poor over most all of Jefferson and northern Shelby
counties. Listenable in most part of Hoover and some southern parts
of Bessemer. As long as you're facing south on a hillside, you
should be fine. The signal suffers from shadowing on the northern
parts of the hills due to the low transmitter height.
RDS display from the station on a GMC Yukon's radio, from the Peach
// WKRE Argo
// WKUA Moundville
- TBTA Ministries
- This station is one of the oldest FMs
in the state of Alabama, believe it or not. Southeastern
Broadcasting Company put this station on the air in April 1953, as
WKLF-FM. Originally, it was going to be on 101.7 MHz, but a
change early on had it moved to 100.9 MHz, running just 370 watts and
broadcast from the site site as the AM, using a Raytheon RF-250
transmitter. Early on, it appears to have duplicated the AM's
country music programming full-time. In 1966, the station moved
to 97.7 MHz and boosted power to 3 kW as a full class A. They
pressed a Gates FM-1C transmitter into service, broadcasting into a
Gates FM-A4 four-bay FM antenna.
The station ended its simulcast with the AM in 1969, and changed calls
to WEZZ in July of that year, picking up a Variety-type format.
By the mid-70's, the format was Oldies. That morphed into a more
upbeat Oldies and Contemporary mix by the mid-80's, when it flipped to
a Country format.
In the fall of 2004 the station changed facilities — they increased
power, antenna height & location and changed city of license from
Clanton to Jemison. In January 2006 the station began touting a change
to new calls and an oldies type format of 60's and 70's music, and
debuted the format at the beginning of March as "The Peach".
- The Peach was
approved for a construction permit in August 2008 to move
transmitter site west of Jemison and increase power to 13,000
watts. This improved coverage in Shelby county. As part
of this change, Great South's WKLD in Blount County (also on 97.7
MHz) moved from Oneonta to near Huntsville to enter that market as a
sports talk station. In March 2015 the license was sold by
Great South Wireless to Peach Holdings, Inc, which is a sub-division
of SummitMedia in Birmingham.
The station was sold to TBTA Ministries, owners of WKRE in Argo and
a few other stations in Alabama, in May 2018. The sale price
was $525,000. TBTA will be placing their rock/urban hybrid
Christian music format "Revocation Radio" on the frequency when the
deal closes. The format flipped to Revocation Radio's format
on 24 July 2018, and the calls changed from WHPH to WRYD shortly