|Broadcast area||East Alabama/ West Georgia|
|Slogan||Alabama 810/ 94.3 & 97.1 FM|
|Translator(s)||94.3 W232BS (Anniston)
97.1 W246DB (Anniston)
|First air date||March 19, 1987 (as WJXL)|
|Power||50,000 watts (day)
500 watts (night)
|Former callsigns||WJXL (1987-1996)
|Owner||Leslie E. Gradick
(Alabama 810 LLC)
WCKA (810 AM, "Alabama 810") is a radio station licensed to serve Jacksonville, Alabama, USA. The station is owned by Leslie E. Gradick and licensed to Alabama 810 LLC. It airs a Classic Country music format.
Programming is simulcast on translators W232BS 94.3 FM and W246DB 97.1 FM, both licensed to Anniston, Alabama.
WCKA Alabama 810/ 94.3 & 97.1 FM broadcasts a classic country format 24 hours a day. On air personalities include Rick Sisk, Roger Allen, Kim Chase, Brian Lane, Rob Lee and others. WCKA airs Honky Tonkin' w/ Tracy Lawrence and The Original Country Gold Request Show hosted by Rowdy Yates on Saturday nights along with Bill Cody's Pure American Country Radio Show and The Country Flashback Countdown with Sam Meyers on Sunday nights.
In March 1988, HMS Broadcasting Company of Jacksonville, Alabama, reached an agreement to sell WJXL to Bussey Hayes Communications, Inc. The deal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission on April 29, 1988, and the transaction was consummated on May 2, 1988.
In July 1995, Bussey Hayes Communications, Inc., reached an agreement to sell WJXL to People's Network Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on September 12, 1995, and the transaction was consummated on December 21, 1995.
The station's callsign was changed from WJXL to WNSI on January 22, 1996.
In May 1996, People's Network Inc., reached an agreement to sell WNSI to United Broadcasting Network, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on July 19, 1996, and after an FCC-approved time extension the transaction was consummated on December 23, 1996.
In October 2003, United Broadcasting Network, Inc. (Ron Gettelfinger, president) reached an agreement to sell WNSI to Steven L. Gradick's Alabama 810, LLC, for a reported sale price of $235,000. The deal was approved by the FCC on November 25, 2003, and the transaction was consummated on November 26, 2003. At the time of the sale, the station broadcast a news/talk format. The new owners of WNSI petitioned the FCC for new call letters and the station was assigned WCKS on February 5, 2004.
In December 2005, control of Alabama 810 LLC was transferred from Steven L. Gradick to Leslie E. Gradick. The station changed call letters again on November 29, 2006, when the station was assigned the current WCKA call letters by the FCC.
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- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
- "Application Search Details (BAL-19880308EC)". FCC Media Bureau. 1988-05-02.
- "Application Search Details (BAL-19950628EA)". FCC Media Bureau. 1995-12-21.
- "Application Search Details (BAL-19960530EE)". FCC Media Bureau. 1996-12-23.
- "Changing Hands - 2003-11-17". Broadcasting & Cable. November 17, 2003.
- "Application Search Details (BAL-20031021ADL)". FCC Media Bureau. 2003-11-26.
- "Application Search Details (BTC-20051206ABG)". FCC Media Bureau. 2005-12-22.
- WCKA official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WCKA
- Radio-Locator Information on WCKA
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WCKA
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W232BS
- Radio-Locator information on W232BS
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W246DB
- Radio-Locator information on W246DB