AM Technical Profile: WTKI


Frequency:
1450
Format:
Talk, News
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Between Bell Avenue NW and Wilson Drive NW in Huntsville.
Power (ERP):
Day: 1 kW
Night: 1 kW
Antenna:
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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[Studio] Street View imagery of the station's studios on Holmes Avenue, under I-565 in Huntsville.
Owned by Focus Radio Communications
// W225AH Huntsville
// W287DH Huntsville
History:
Came on in 1946.  WTKI was WFUN around 1959, when they were paid big bucks to change to WFIX and let a Miami top 40 station on 790 have the Fun Radio calls. Stayed WFIX into 1990, when it became WKGL. At some point the station changed to a news talk format from whatever it had been in the 90's. It acquired the WTKI calls in 1992. In the summer of 2001, the station switched to a classic country format. In the summer of 2002 the station switched to a new talk format with a focus on healthy living. The calls became WHOH (Heart of Huntsville) with a "Relationship Radio" slogan. That didn't seem to last too long, because by 2005 it was back to the WTKI calls with ESPN radio's sports format. The station's ownership, Mountain Mist Media, sold the station to Christian Voice of Central Ohio, Inc., in November 2006. Shortly thereafter in early 2007 the station flipped formats, this time simulcasting WDPT in Decatur, as "ProTalk 1450/1490" with a Christian-leaning talk lineup.
 
It was reported in early February 2009 that both WTKI and WDPT were shut down by the owners, citing the downturned economy as a reason they could no longer operate.  Christian Voice of Central Ohio transferred the license to Focus Radio Communications at the tail end of December 2009 and they began LMAing the station, along with WEKI.  The stations returned to the airwaves in late winter of 2010 with talk programming.
 
Around early March of 2010 WTKI picked up its first FM translator, W225AH in Huntsville.  In late March 2010, it was discovered that WEKI had picked up an FM translator, this time in Decatur, W232BX.  Although both stations carry similar programming and use the same "Talk Radio for Real Life" slogan, they no longer simulcast.
 
Although the station's FCC record lists the tower location as south of I-565 where the studios were, the actual location is off Bell Avenue NW, just north of I-565 and the former site.

The station received a permit to construct a new FM translator in Huntsville on the east side of Monte Santo Mountain on 105.3 MHz in January, 2018.  It will match a translator for their sister station, WEKI, also on 105.3 MHz, in Athens.  The Huntsville translator signed on in late July 2018.  The original translator, W225AH, is being moved to another location to relay WQRV-HD3.