AM Technical Profile: WTXK


Frequency:
1210
Format:
Sports talk
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [goKML aerial] Between Woodley Road (CR-39) and US-231/82 in the far southeast corner of Montgomery, on Macedona Drive, east of Guy Court.
Power (ERP):
Day: 10 kW
Critical hours: 5 kW
Night: 30 watts
Antenna:
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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Owned by Frontdoor Broadcasting
History:
A fixture on the Ozark radio dial since 1968, but on 1190 as WAYD (for owner Wade B. Sullivan). It operated as a daytime only station with 1 kW up through the 70's with a country format.  After moving through several owners, the station moved to 1200 and upgraded to 10 kW days only.  Through some more ownership changes the calls shifted to WFSF in the late 80's. The station received the WQLS callsign in July 1993. A few years later the station shifted to 1210 kHz with the same 10 kW days, more critical hours power and for the first time, nighttime operation with about 30 watts.

 
In December 2008 the station filed for a STA to operate at low power (1 kW days, 3 watts nights) due to a fire at the transmitter site.

 
In December 2009 the station received a construction permit to relocate to the Montgomery area, with the same authorized power/setup as the current Ozark license. The station was also sold once again, this time to Montgomery-area based Stroh Communications, who owns a religious-formatted FM in the region.

 
Before the move to Montgomery, the station had aired a gospel format as "The Light".  As of February 2010 it is reported to be classic country. The station is also reported to be on Montgomery translator W298BC at 107.5 MHz.  In early March 2010 it was reported that the station dropped country for sports as "The Ticket" and shortly thereafter dritched the WQLS calls for the more appropriate WTXK.  Although still branded as The Ticket, the station picked up Yahoo! Sports Radio in the summer of 2011.  After the new year's debut of CBS Sports in 2013, WTXK dropped Yahoo! Sports for ESPN after WMSP took CBS Sports affilition.