FM Technical Profile: WZBQ

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Station Name:
94.1 ZBQ
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [street view] About a mile south of Carrollton on Commerce Street (AL-17).
Power (ERP):
98 kW
Beam tilt ERP 100 kW
Antenna HAAT:
1,007 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:PS-94.1ZBQ (song title/artist) Time-present Text-941ZBQ TUSCALOOSA'S HIT MUSIC PTY-None Listed PS-WZBQ-FM
More Information:
[Image] Picture of the display of an Insignia HD portable's RDS decoding the Radio Text and PS (call sign) fields.

[Studio] Street View imagery of the iHeartMedia studios in downtown Tuscaloosa.
The station was once WRAG FM (with AM companion WRAG in Carrollton) with a country format. It appears to have gone on the air at the same time as the AM station, which is rather unusual. The approximate date of commencment is August 1951.  Much later switched to WAQT-FM. At one point was AC, then country.  Or vice versa!  The calls were later changed to WCKO when the station went to oldies. The current WZBQ calls were picked up (along with the hot AC format of ZBQ) when that station left 102.5 in Jasper/Birmingham. Picked up morning show Steve and DC, who once worked in Tuscaloosa radio,  from St. Louis a number of years ago.

In July 2003 the station aquired an RDS encoder, which proudly sent text advertising WNRN's programming. I assume WNRN is who they aquired the equipment from. :)  In October 2003 the RDS went off, but it was back on by December 2003, with the correct info.