AM Technical Profile: WTSK
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- Black Gospel
aerial] East of where Fosters Ferry Road and 29th Street meet
in west Tuscasloosa.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 5 kW
- Night: 36 watts
- Day and night:
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
Street View imagery of the Townsquare Media stations in Tuscaloosa,
off Skyland Boulevard.
- Owned by
// W227DD Tuscaloosa
- Frederic M.
Rosemore, Stanley Besner and Samuel J. Simon (as Better Radio
Stations Company) were granted a construction permit for a new
station in 1957, for a daytimer with 500 watts on 790 kHz.
Originally assigned the WRBS call sign, it signed on in April
1958. Later that fall, the license was assigned to Tri-Cities
Broadcasting Company, who changed the call sign to WTUG in October
1958. The studios were located at the transmitter site (see
above) on Fosters Ferry Road. It appears that the station had
a black-oriented format from the very beginning.
The station upgraded to 1 kW, still as a daytimer, in 1965.
Radio South, Inc. acquired the station in 1977. In 1979, the
station upgraded power again, this time to 2.5 kW, still as a
daytimer. Around this time, the company spawned an FM sister
station, launching WTUG-FM in 1980. Shortly after the FM
debuted, the AM's call sign changed to WTSK (TuSK, a reference to
the elephant named Big Al that represents the University of
Alabama's sports teams.) From that point through the rest of
the 80s the station had a Gospel music format.
By the time the 90s rolled around, the format flipped to Rhythm and
Blues. That format lasted the better part of a decade before
the station returned to Gospel in the late 90s.
Radio South grew into a sizable cluster of stations, eventually
became Apex Broadcasting and expanding outside of the state.
They sold the Tuscaloosa cluster to Citadel Broadcasting in
2007. Citadel eventually morphed into Cumulus, and they are
who sold their Tuscaloosa cluster in 2012 to Townsquare
Broadcasting. In October 2018, the station acquired an FM