FM Technical Profile: WTAK
- Station Name:
- Classic Rock
view] South of Valhermoso Springs, south of West Point Road
and Union Hill Road.
- Power (ERP):
- 5.4 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 725 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
"Smells Like The 90's"
- :PS-WTAK (artist/song)
| WTAK Classic Rock 106.1 Time-[unknown] Text-[unknown]
Image showing the HD PAD data for the main HD channel.
Image showing the HD PAD data for the HD-2 channel.
Image showing the station's RDS data on an Insignia portable radio,
with the Radio Text and PI (call sign) fields.
Google Photos image of the iHeartMedia Huntsville studios.
Street View imagery of the iHeartMedia studios on Peoples Road in
- Dorsey Eugene Newman (as
"Radio 106, Inc."), owner of WHRT AM 860, won a permit to build a new
Class A FM station in Hartselle in 1991. The station signed on
in August 1992, simulcast the AM's Country music format, with the WYAM
calls. The transmitter location was originally near the
intersection of Tall Pine Road and New Center Road, east of Hartselle,
giving it coverage of Decatur only rimshotting Huntsville. In
1993, Griffith Broadcasting bought the station from Newman for $1.5
million and changed it to a Classic Rock/Album Oriented Rock (AOR)
hybrid with the WTAK-FM calls, bringing into sisterhood with AM 1000
WTAK in Huntsville. They also sought an upgrade from 3 kW to 5.4
kW, from the current site, which is further east of Hartselle to
better cover Huntsville. In 1995 or thereabouts an on-channel
booster was installed atop Monte Santo Mountain to improve coverage in
Huntsville. The booster ran 150 watts with a tight directional
pattern aimed at Huntsville to the west and was licensed to nearby
In 1997 the station, along with others in the Huntsville market, were
bought by Clear Channel. The format from this point onward was
In 2000, the on-channel booster was dropped and converted to a
standard translator operation on 106.5 MHz and dropped the aggressive
directional setup, but still continued to relay WTAK until it was
re-purposed for other uses in the mid-2010s. The station added
HD digital audio in 2005.