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WQLS-FM 90-5 radio logo.jpg
City Camden, Alabama
Broadcast area Wilcox County, Alabama
Branding The Q
Frequency 90.5 MHz
First air date 2012
Format Urban Contemporary, Blues, Soul, Gospel and Talk
Language(s) English
ERP 400 watts
HAAT 128 meters (420 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 171526
Transmitter coordinates 31°57′34″N 87°16′04″W / 31.95944°N 87.26778°W / 31.95944; -87.26778
Owner Wilcox Broadcast Communications, LLC.
Webcast Listen Live
Website q9o5.com

WQLS (90.5 FM, "The Q") is an American non-commercial educational radio station licensed to serve the community of Camden, Alabama. The station's broadcast license is held by Wilcox Broadcast Communications, LLC.


WQLS broadcasts an Urban Contemporary, Blues, Soul, Gospel and Talk format to the greater Wilcox County, Alabama, area.[1]


In October 2007, Ken Layton's TBTA Ministries applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a construction permit for a new broadcast radio station. The FCC granted this permit on December 17, 2008, with a scheduled expiration date of December 17, 2011.[2] The new station was assigned call sign "WQLS" on August 25, 2010.[3]

With station construction yet to begin in May 2009, TBTA Ministries contracted to sell the permit for this station to Jimmy Jarrell's Alabama Christian Radio, Inc. The deal also included the permit for WXIV in Lumpkin, Georgia, plus the permits to build three other radio stations in Georgia and Alabama for a total purchase price of $1. The FCC approved the deal on July 16, 2009, and the transaction was formally consummated on September 1, 2009.[4]

After construction and testing were completed in December 2011, the station was granted its broadcast license on January 6, 2012.[5]

On January 20, 2012, Alabama Christian Radio, Inc., contracted to sell WQLS and sister station WTBT (now WVPL, 90.5 FM, Dozier, Alabama) to Timothy Townsend's Townsend Broadcasting Enterprise for a combined sale price of $3,000.[6] The FCC accepted the application for assignment of these permits on February 14, 2012, and granted the assignment on April 16, 2012.[7]

Effective July 6, 2016, Townsend Broadcasting sold WQLS to Wilcox Broadcast Communications, LLC for $2,800.


  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Application Search Details (BNPED-20071015ABR)". FCC Media Bureau. December 17, 2008. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. August 25, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BAPED-20090518ACV)". FCC Media Bureau. September 1, 2009. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (BLED-20111207ABR)". FCC Media Bureau. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Smile FM Acquires Three FM Construction Permits". All Access. February 14, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (BAPED-20120213AAT)". FCC Media Bureau. February 14, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 

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