AM Technical Profile: WVOK


Frequency:
1580
Format:
Oldies
Transmitter Location:
Day: [map] [bird's eye]Just off Cheaha Drive in Oxford, at the western terminus of Edgewood Drive, between Friendship Road and AL-21.
Night: [map] [street view] Just east of Talladega on AL-21, next to Pine Hill Memorial Park cemetery.
Power (ERP):
Day: 2.5 kW
Night: 22 watts
Antenna:
Day and night: 1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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History:
Started out in Talladega as WJHB in 1956, with studios on the south side of the square downtown.  Owned by James Hemphill, it was originally a daytimer with 1 kW. Later became WEYY.  In the early 80's the station moved from Talladega to Oxford, and in February 1986 the calls changed to WOXR.  The format at that time was easy listening, with an eventual change to country.  In August 2000 it changed to urban AC with the WARB calls.  In September 2002 the station took the famous (in Birmingham, anyway) calls of WVOK, to go with their FM sister station.  Around that time the format changed to oldies.  Later picked up Scott Shannon's  True Oldies channel.  The True Oldies Channel format was killed off at the end of June 2014; the station has most likely picked up the "Good Time Oldies" format from Westwood One.
 
The station's licensed night facility, shown above, is not actually used; both day and night service are from the day coordinates.