|City of license||Florence, Alabama|
|Broadcast area||Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area|
|Slogan||Great Classics & the Best of Today|
|Translator(s)||106.9 W295AE (Trinity)|
|First air date||August 8, 1962 (as WOWL-FM)|
|HAAT||310 meters (1017 feet)|
|Former callsigns||WOWL-FM (1962-1965)
|Owner||Big River Broadcasting Corporation|
|Sister stations||WSBM, WXFL, WLVS-FM|
WQLT-FM (107.3 FM, "Q107") is a radio station licensed to serve Florence, Alabama, USA. The station is owned by Big River Broadcasting Corporation. Operated by the family of Sam Phillips, WQLT serves the city of Florence, Northwest Alabama, parts of northeast Mississippi, and parts of southern middle Tennessee with an ERP of 93,000 watts.
WQLT-FM broadcasts a very wide-ranging adult hits format with a hybrid of adult contemporary, alternative rock and classic hits music. In addition to its usual music programming, WQLT-FM is an affiliate of the Tennessee Titans football radio network.
This station began regular broadcasting on August 8, 1962, with 4,600 watts of effective radiated power on 107.3 MHz as WOWL-FM. Owned by Radio Muscle Shoals, Inc., it was the FM sister station of WOWL (1240 AM, now known as WBCF).
On August 15, 1965, the station began broadcasting with 25,000 watts of effective radiated power as WJOI-FM. Owned by WJOI Radio, Inc., it was the FM sister station of WJOI (1340 AM, now known as WSBM). On May 29, 1967, the station's call letters were changed again, this time to WQLT.
WQLT and its AM sister were acquired by Big River Broadcasting Corporation on February 21, 1973. Big River Broadcasting is owned by the family of Sam Phillips, the legendary record producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member most notable for founding Sun Records and discovering Elvis Presley.
The station's signal was boosted to 100,000 watts in 1978 and the station was assigned the current WQLT-FM call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on December 1, 1978. This was the first regional top-40 station in North Alabama and forced several AM's to change format. Q-107's original line-up offered four hour shifts starting at 6 am and included J.Micheal Pruitt (mornings), Wayne Thompson (mid-days), Sherry St. John (afternoons), "Your Buddy Ron" Wallace (nights), Sandy Michaels (late night) and Bill Glass (over-night).
WQLT-FM's programming is also carried on a broadcast translator station to extend or improve the coverage area of the station.
|City of license||ERP
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- Query the FCC's FM station database for WQLT
- Radio-Locator information on WQLT
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WQLT