AM Technical Profile: WTLM

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Black Gospel
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [street view] Co-located with Auburn Network's WANI, behind the iHeartMedia studios on Saugagatchee Lake Road in Opelika.
Power (ERP):
Day: 5 kW
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
[Studio] Street View imagery of the iHeartMedia studios on Saugahatchee Lake Road in Opelika.
Owned by iHeartMedia
James Faulkner Sr. put this station on the air in 1968 as a 5 kW daytimer, with the WAOA (Auburn-Opelika Alabama) calls. It had a Country music format that lasted from inception until the station was sold in 1985.  After the sell, the calls changed to WZMG and the format flipped to Oldies.

The station's calls changed in 1997 when it swapped calls with sister station WTLM on 910 kHz. 

By the early 2000's the station was onto a more nostalgic Standards format as "Timeless 1520", but eventually tried a stint as Sports Talk radio.  When that didn't work, they went back to Timeless.  When that didn't work, they flipped to the satellite-fed True Oldies Channel format run by Scott Shannon. 

In May of 2014 the station, along with the entire Qantum cluster in Auburn and West Point, Georgia, were sold to Clear Channel.  The
True Oldies Channel format was killed off at the end of June 2014; the station flipped to Classic Country as "Classic Kicker Country", referencing their contemporary country sister station, Kicker 97.7 WKKR.

In the early summer of 2020, the station dropped country for Black Gospel as "Hallelujah 1520", taking on the format displaced by sister station WZMG after it flipped to Sports Talk.