AM Technical Profile: WZCT


Frequency:
1330
Format:
Southern Gospel
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Practically due north of the Scottsboro Airport, between Scottsboro and Hollywood.  North of Ridgedale Road, north and east of Edna Drive.
Power (ERP):
Day: 5 kW
Night: 38 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 Bonner and Carlisle Enterprises
History:
Rose M. Kirby (as Scottsboro Broadcasting Company) put this station on the air in 1952 as a 1 kW daytimer.  The calls were originally WROS for her name.  The studios and transmitter were originally at 717 Scott Street in Scottsboro.

Through the mid-70's, the station was a bit of a full service outlet, with country, rock and Middle of the Road (MOR) music played.  KEA Radio, Inc., purchased the station in the spring of 1978.  They changed the calls to WKEA (to compliment their existing station, which became WKEA-FM.)  They moved the music to an Adult Contemporary format.  They also moved the studios to the "Word Arcade" in Town Square.

The station received a permit to increase power to 5 kW, with a small amount of night power, in 1980, but didn't get it built out until 1982.  At this time, the transmitter site moved to its present location.  The station flipped to a gospel music format in 1987, along with the WSGG calls (Scottsboro's Gospel Giant?) 

Bonner and Carlisle Enterprises bought the station in 1990 and flipped the format to oldies, along with the WZCT calls.  By about 2000 or 2001, the station had gone Southern Gospel and never looked back.

 
In what is no doubt a snafu on the FCC's part, they show three callsign changes all on the same day, March 5th, 1990.  Those calls are KZCT, WSGG and WZCT.