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WCRL 95.3-1570 logo.png
CityOneonta, Alabama
BrandingWCRL 95.3 FM
Frequency1570 kHz
First air date1952
FormatClassic Hits
Power2,500 watts (day)
64 watts (night)
Facility ID5888
Transmitter coordinates33°57′16″N 86°28′20″W / 33.95444°N 86.47222°W / 33.95444; -86.47222
OwnerOur Town Radio, Inc.
WebcastListen Live

WCRL (1570 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Oneonta, Alabama. The station is owned by Our Town Radio, Inc. and began operation on July 29, 1952. WCRL airs a classic hits music format.[1]


The station was assigned the WCRL call sign by the Federal Communications Commission.[2] The station has been owned by the L.D. Bentley Jr. family since the early 1950s, through Blount County Broadcasting Service, Inc. In 1968 the station added an FM sister, WKLD. That station was sold to Great South Wireless LLC in a deal that was completed in September 2008.[3]

In November 2002, control of Blount County Broadcasting Service legally passed from Luther Daniel Bentley Jr. to Luther Daniel Bentley III.[4] The younger Bentley and his sister, Teresa B. Lowry, now respectively own 51% and 49% of the corporation.

On March 30, 2012, Blount County Broadcasting Service, Inc., reached a deal to sell WCRL and its translator, W237DH, to Our Town Radio, Inc., for $180,000. The FCC approved the sale on May 14, 2012, and the transaction was consummated on June 1, 2012.[5] Our Town Radio, Inc., is owned by Mark S. Sims (51%) and Robbie McAlpine (49%) of Oneonta, Alabama.


Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
W234DI 94.7 Douglas, Alabama 230 D FCC
W237DH 95.3 Oneonta, Alabama 100 D FCC


  1. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  3. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-20080417ABT)". FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BTC-20020725AAF)". FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20120330ALJ)". FCC Media Bureau. May 14, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2012.

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