AM Technical Profile: WZKD

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Adult R&B
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [goKML aerial] Northwest of Montgomery, north of Wares Ferry Road along rural Riverside Drive.  Co-located with WMSP.
Power (ERP):
Day: 1 kW
Night: 45 watts
Day & night: 1 tower, omnidirectional
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files

[Image] RDS display data for the FM translator, as shown on a Mazda OEM stereo, from 2020.

Owned by Autaugaville Radio
// W231DF Montgomery
RDS logo :
The Big KD 94.1 WZKD
PTY-Rhythm and Blues
Originally WRMA (Radio Montgomery Alabama, or possibly Ralph M. Allgood, owner(?)), with a black-oriented format.  It signed on in May 1953 and was put on by The Southland Broadcasting Company, with studios at 26 North Lawrence Street in Montgomery. Southland also owned with WAOK, Atlanta's R&B giant. In the beginning this station was a daytimer running 1,000 watts. Through the first half of the 70's, the station evolved into a mixed R&B / Top 40 format, and later fully Top 40, eventually securing a full 24 hour schedule, with a directional array for night use.  Radio Montgomery (then-owners of WMGY and FM WAJM/WMGZ) sold their FM to WRMA, Inc. in the mid-70's.  The stations later wound up under the ownership of Brien Broadcasting Corp (Cleve J. Brien, President).

In the late 70's, when the FM rock stations went to top 40, AM 950 became the only Rock station in Montgomery. They also changed their calls to WLSQ, supposedly a tribute to Chicago’s WLS, with the "95 Rock" moniker. Sometime in March of 1987 the AM picked up the WREZ calls to match WREZ-FM, but it likely did not simulcast, instead sticking with the album rock format since the late 70's. In August of that year, the AM and FM were acquired by U.S. Broadcasting.  Later, in November of 1987, the FM became "Sunny 103" WSYA-FM and this station became WSYA, simulcasting the FM's Aadult Contemporary. 

In 1993, Colonial Broadcasting acquired this station and it's FM companion.  Early in 1994 the FM became WMXS, but it was still a simulcast with this station, which still held on to the WSYA calls.  For a short period in the mid-90's, the station tried a Nostalgia format, but soon flipped to an ambitious All-News format, picking up the WNZZ calls in April of 1995.  The news format was a mix of national and local news, with TV simulcasts, but it failed to find footing in a smaller market such as Montgomery, and by late 1997 the station was back to satellite-fed Nostalgia.  The station did, however, retain a relatively long block of simulcasting WSFA-TV's morning news programs.

Montgomery's Colonial Broadcasting was swallowed up by Cumulus in the winter of 1997/1998.  As Cumulus expanded its portfolio of stations in the market, it wound up having to place this station in a trust to stay under the ownership caps.  In 2011 this station moved to the Volt Radio Trust, where it stayed until June of 2016, when it was announced that Shelby Broadcast Associates (Lee and Andrea Reynolds, otherwise known as Reynolds Technical Associates) were acquiring the station for $55,000 cash.  At the time of this purchase, Reynolds was also in the process of moving WLDA from Dothan to Hope Hull, where it would reside on 93.5 MHz.  It was rumored that one or both stations would feature a sports format when the license transfer completed; the license transfer happened in the third week of August 2016.  The station and translator it's associated with were quickly spun off to Roscoe "Killer" Diller's Autaugaville Radio, owners of the WKXK/WKXN simulcast south of Montgomery.  The stations went off the air after the sale and were expected to return with a format different from the previous nostalgia format at some point.  The sale was made official at the start of November 2016.  Around that time, the new owners reserved the WZKD calls.  The station was reported on air in mid-January 2017 airing "The Big Station" Hip-Hop format heard on the company's two FM's south of town, WKXK/WKXN, but that was apparently just a placeholder for an Adult R&B format that launched in March as "KD 94.1".  It appears that as of March 2017, the KD format also found its way back to the other two FMs, and they are all now airing the same programming.