WKUL

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WKUL
WKULlogo.png
City Cullman, Alabama
Broadcast area Cullman, Alabama
Branding Country K-92
Slogan Today's Hits and Yesterday's Favorites
Frequency 92.1 MHz
Translator(s) 97.9 W250BM (Cullman, relays HD2)
First air date September 1967 (as WKLN)
Format Country/Talk/Sports
HD2: Southern Gospel "Praise 97.9"
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 100 meters (328 feet)
Class A
Facility ID 31933
Transmitter coordinates 34°11′41″N 86°43′52″W / 34.19472°N 86.73111°W / 34.19472; -86.73111
Callsign meaning "K"ULlman[1]
Former callsigns WKLN (1967-1982)[2]
WKLN-FM (1982-1988)[3]
Affiliations FOX News, Atlanta Braves, FOX Sports
Owner Jonathan Christian Corp.
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Website wkul.com 979praisefm.com (HD2)
WKUL Current Logo

WKUL (92.1 FM, "Country K-92") is a radio station licensed to serve Cullman, Alabama. The station is owned by Jonathan Christian Corp.

Programming[edit]

WKUL airs a full-service Country music format[2] plus some talk radio programming, most notably Rush Limbaugh.[4] Programming includes Crook and Chase Country Countdown, Tracy Lawrence "Honky Tonkin", The Trading Post, Taste of Country Nights, Big D and Bubba in The Morning, Tiger Talk, New Music Nashville, Nashville Music Minuet, Tight Lines with Sammy Lee, Gaither Homecoming Radio and Around The Campfire with Ed and Terry (Nominated for 2016 Radio Program of the Year by the WMA). News Programming Includes Fox News, ARN News and local news. Sports programming includes Auburn University Sports and Atlanta Braves Baseball.[5] The station also airs local high school football games each Fall. High school and Wallace State Community College basketball is broadcast in the winter months. Throughout the year, WKUL-FM broadcasts at a wide variety of live remotes as well. Since the 1980s, WKUL has become famous for its live coverage of severe weather.

History[edit]

Originally known as WKLN, this station signed on in September 1967 at 92.1 MHz with 3,000 watts of effective radiated power under the ownership of Kenneth E. Lawrence.[6] In the late 1970s, WKLN was sold to the Jonathan Christian Corporation, run by Jeffrey Liebensberger and Robert Haa.[7] The station shifted to callsign WKLN-FM on January 21, 1982.[3]

In April 1980, Robert Conrad Haa agreed to sell control of station licensee Jonathan Christian Corporation to Donald Houston Mosley. The deal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission on July 7, 1980.[8]

The station was assigned the current WKUL call letters by the FCC on February 1, 1988.[3] The WKUL callsign originally entered the Cullman market when 1340 AM (now WFMH) went on the air on October 1, 1946.[9]

In November 2006, Don Mosley made a deal to sell his controlling interest in Jonathan Christian Corporation, the licensee for this station, to Ron Mosley.[10] The deal was approved by the FCC on December 28, 2006, and the transaction was consummated on March 1, 2007.[11] At the conclusion of this deal, Ron Mosley owned 100% of the shares in Jonathan Christian Corp.[10]

In the spring of 2017, the station added an HD signal and launched a gospel music format via translator W250BM in Cullman, as "Praise 97.9". (Taken from Alabama Broadcast Media Page)

On-Air Personalities[edit]

Ron Mosley Jr., Ron Mosley Sr., Tim Dobson, Gus Slaten, Big D and Bubba (ACM and CMA Award Winners 2015) Sam Alex, Johnny "Flash" Thornton, Rich Jesse(Sports), Pete Kirby(Sports), Ken Burcham (Sports)

Past Personalities: Grant Smith AKA "The Night Owl" (Deceased), George Spear, Beau Garrison, Dave Cooper, (Returned to K-92 in The 1990s, doing Morning Drive as "Donny Bell." Later He moved to Hollywood and became A Popular Character Actor, appearing in Motion Pictures and doing Guest Appearances on a number of Network T.V. Series, including a 2 ½ Year Regular Role on NBC's Hit Series, "The West Wing," under His' Screen Name "David Cubero"...) Matthew Miller, Anthony Quattlebaum, Wayne Reynolds, Chris Armstrong, Dusty Tolbert, Rick Nix "The Ricmeister", "Big" Bob Patterson (Deceased), Paula Simmons, Brandi Williamson, Nick Glover (Nick @ Nite), Joe Martin, Ty Watwood (Now WBRC Fox 6 Producer), Jeff Speagle (Now ABC 33/40 Sports Anchor), Mike Miller, Matt Glover (Sports Announcer), Mark Albritton, Jill Harelson, Steffany Means (Former News Producer for WAFF 48 now a producer for FOX 6 WBRC), Eddie Mack (Eddie Mackenally,) a.k.a. "The Mouth of The South" (Deceased,) Art Ray, Norma Garza, Shannon Quattlebaum

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Bob (2008-10-18). "Call Letter Origins". The Broadcast Archive. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Alabama FM History Profile: WKUL". Alabama Broadcast Media Page. 
  3. ^ a b c "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  4. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  5. ^ "America's Grand Ole Opry Weekend". Opry.com. Retrieved April 14, 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Facilities of Radio". 1969 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1969. p. B-5. 
  7. ^ "The Facilities of Radio". 1979 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1979. p. C-3. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details (BTCH-19820405HE)". FCC Media Bureau. July 7, 1982. 
  9. ^ "WKUL On The Air (ad)". The Cullman Banner. September 26, 1946. 
  10. ^ a b "Deals - 1/29/2007". Broadcasting & Cable. January 29, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Application Search Details (BTCH-20061030ANX)". FCC Media Bureau. March 1, 2007. 

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