|Slogan||"Tri-State's New Hit Country"|
|First air date||November 3, 1965|
|HAAT||150 meters (492 feet)|
|Former callsigns||WCNA (1965-1981)|
|Affiliations||Jones Radio Network, Fox News Radio|
|Owner||KEA Radio, Inc.|
Radio station WCNA-FM was founded in 1965 by Dr. Ralph Sheppard, a local dentist and owner of the Jackson County Advertiser, a weekly newspaper. The first FM radio station in Jackson County, Alabama, WCNA-FM began broadcasting a country music format on November 3, 1965. In 1971, Sheppard transferred the license to a company named Mellow Sound Broadcasting. The city of Scottsboro later honored Sheppard by declaring April 30, 2008, as "Dr. Ralph Sheppard Day" in honor of his many contributions to the community.
In July 1981, Mellow Sound Broadcasting, Inc., made a deal to sell this station to KEA Radio, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on September 28, 1981. The new owners had the FCC assign new call letters WKEA-FM on October 1, 1981.
In late August 2013 the station debuted a translator on 105.7 MHz, relaying WKEA. (W289BV) In a curious move, despite being a simulcast, the translator has its own branding, as "Lake 105.7". (Taken from Alabama Broadcast Media Page)
- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on March 1, 2010.
- Brown, Chasity (April 28, 2008). "City to honor Dr. Sheppard". The Daily Sentinel.
Sheppard went on later to start Jackson County's first FM radio station, WCNA FM, which ran on a country music format.
- "The Facilities of Radio". 1972 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1972. p. B-8.
- "Application Search Details (BALH-19810724FG)". FCC Media Bureau.
- "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
The station was originally planned as an easy listening music station and the call letters WCNA-FM stood for, "We Cover North Alabama with Fine Music. One of the stations early DJ's, Doug Hodges, convinced the owner to change to a country format.