FM Technical Profile: WUAL
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- Station Name:
- Alabama Public
- Public Radio,
Classical, Jazz, Blues, Folk
view] Southeast of Tuscsaloosa on Hargrove Road. Several
miles east of US-80.
- Power (ERP):
- 100 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 518 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
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// W267BF Demopolis
Info Radio 92.5"
// W223BZ Tuscaloosa
"BBC World Service"
- SCA: Alabama Radio Reading Service
- AUX: 10 kW @ 450
feet. 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- More Information:
Alabama Public Radio
RDS display from an Insignia radio in northwest Alabama, showing the
Radio Text and PI fields, from June 2017.
[Aircheck] APR top of the hour legal ID,
featuring all the stations' call signs, read by various
individuals. 32 seconds, 535 kb, M4A format.
// WQPR Muscle Shoals
// WAPR Selma
// WHIL Mobile
- University of
- The University of
Alabama's first radio station debuted on 91.7 MHz in 1949, as WUOA,
with a light music and public radio format. From the
beginning, the studios were located in Bryce Hall (Formerly the old
Union Building) at the corner of Colonial Drive and University
Boulevard on campus. At the start, the station ran 15 kW from
a tower behind the building that was about 120 feet tall. By
the mid-60's the station struggled to get funding and was off the
air. The station was gone and license deleted by 1970.
In 1971 the Board of Trustees filed an application to bring the
station back to life, as a little 10 watt station, still on 91.7
MHz. Because the original calls were taken by a commercial
station in town, they had to pick a new call sign and chose
WUAL. When the station signed on in September 1972, the
station catered to the college kids' music preferences and was
listed as a Progressive Rock outlet.
The station sought to upgrade its coverage area in the late 70's and
originally planned to run 100 kW from a site near the intersection
of US-11 and AL-215, but that proposal was dropped for a site near
Duncanville, south of the city limits, with a taller tower.
That new facility signed on in 1981, utilizing a 10-bay Harris
antenna, and implementing a 67 kHz SCA (Subsidiary Communications
Authority) feed. Around the time the new signal signed on, the
format switched from college-oriented to a full service public radio
format. The college format was kicked over to the University's
new lower powered student-run station, WVUA.
The station became an early adopter of the HD digital hybrid
broadcasting system via an experimental permit in 2005, and
eventually began carrying the Xponential Radio Adult Album
Alternative format, until it ended national distribution.
Today, The University programs its own AAA-formatted music format
called APR Rocks.
For a time in 2016, the station was being heard on a translator in
Demopolis as filler until the translator picked up a more permanent
parent station. The University put on a new translator in
Tuscaloosa in December 2016 on 92.5 MHz. That translator began
relaying the main WUAL programming channel but is listed as relaying
a future HD4 subchannel, whose programming has yet to be revealed.
The HD system went offline for replacement in February 2018, and
came back on in August 2018, using a combined FM+HD antenna system,
instead of the old system which had separate antennas for each
broadcast. After the system was turned back on, the HD2
channel began carrying the "eXpoNential Radio" Adult Album
Alternative format from WXPN in Philadelphia. It also began
carrying game day announcements for people visiting the University
for football games. In late August 2019, the HD-2 channel and
translator re-launched as "UA Info Radio", a 24/7 feed of campus
news and information. The station will also feature traffic
and safety news during football game days and other major events on
campus, as well as severe weather information when necessary.
The HD-2 format is also being heard on an FM translator in town.