AM Technical Profile: WTLM


Frequency:
1520
Format:
Classic Country
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
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 iHeartMedia studios on Saugahatchee Lake Road in Opelika.
Owned by iHeartMedia
History:
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 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 again when it swapped calls with sister station WTLM on 910 kHz.  By the early 2000's the station was on a more nostalgic format as "Timeless 1520", but eventually tried a stint as sports 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.