|City of license||Tuskegee, Alabama|
|Broadcast area||Auburn, Alabama
|Branding||Classic Hits 580|
|Slogan||The Greatest Music of All Time|
|Translator(s)||101.1 W266BJ (Tallassee)|
|First air date||1952 (as WABT)|
|Power||500 watts (day)
139 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||We Believe In Love (previous format)|
|Former callsigns||WABT (1952-?)
|Sister stations||WAUD, WQNR, WQSI, WTGZ|
WACQ (580 AM) is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Tuskegee, Alabama. The station's broadcast license is held by Tiger Communications, Inc. and operated by Fred Randall Hughey.
As of June 28, 2012, the station broadcasts an oldies music format to the Montgomery, Alabama, area. The music mix, described as the "greatest hits of all time", is hosted by live, local personalities including Fred Randall Hughey, Harold "Pete" Cottle, Harry Joe Bunn, Michael Bird, Scott Adcock, and Joseph Moore. This programming traces its origins to the June 1979 sign-on of then-WACQ (1130 AM, now WALQ) in Tallassee, Alabama.
In November 2005, Tiger Communications Inc. (Thomas Hayley, president) reached an agreement to acquire the station, by then known as WBIL, and WQSI from H&H Communications LLC (Fred Randall Hughey, member) for a reported combined sale price of $350,000. The FCC approved the deal on February 13, 2006, and the transaction was consummated on April 6, 2006. In retaining partial ownership in WBIL and rights to the WACQ call sign, Fred Randall Hughey and his wife Debra began programming AM 580 effective June 28, 2012.
On July 27, 2012, the station changed its call sign from WBIL to the current WACQ.
|City of license||ERP
- Carlyle, Jacquelyn (July 12, 2012). "WBIL now WCAQ out of Tallassee while transitioning to FM transmission". The Tuskegee News. Retrieved July 13, 2012. "“We have combined 580 AM (WBIL) and 1130 AM (WACQ in Tallassee),” said radio station owner Fred Randall Hughey of Hughey Communications, Inc. in Tallassee."
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- "Deals - 12 December 2005". Broadcasting & Cable. December 12, 2005.
- "Application Search Details (BTC-20051118AAB)". FCC Media Bureau. April 6, 2006.
- "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- "AM History Profile: WACQ". Alabama Broadcast Media Page. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
- WACQ 580/101.1 official website
- Rejoice 580 official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WACQ
- Radio-Locator Information on WACQ
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WACQ