WTAK-FM

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WTAK-FM
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City Hartselle, Alabama
Broadcast area Huntsville, Alabama
Branding Classic Rock 106.1 TAK
Slogan Huntsville's Classic Rock
Frequency 106.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
106.1 HD-2 for Alternative rock
First air date 1991 (as WYAM-FM)
Format Classic rock
ERP 5,400 watts
HAAT 221 meters (726 feet)
Class C3
Facility ID 25383
Transmitter coordinates 34°27′45″N 86°38′36″W / 34.46250°N 86.64333°W / 34.46250; -86.64333
Former callsigns WYAM-FM (1991-1993)[1]
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Capstar TX LLC)
Sister stations WDRM, WQRV, WBHP, WHOS
Webcast Listen Live
Website wtak.com

WTAK-FM (106.1 FM, "Classic Rock 106.1 TAK") is a classic rock formatted radio station licensed to Hartselle, Alabama, and owned by iHeartMedia, Inc..[2] It serves Huntsville, Alabama, and the central Tennessee Valley area. Its broadcast tower is located on Brindlee Mountain in Morgan County, Alabama, near the Union Hill community.

WTAK-FM is one of the top-rated radio stations in the Huntsville market.[3]

Personalities[edit]

Notable local personalities on WTAK include Erich West and Big Nate. Notable syndicated programming includes The John Boy and Billy Big Show on weekday mornings.[4]

Afternoon host "Mr. Bill", apparently local, is actually Charlotte, North Carolina, radio host Bill Summerville. Summerville records his five-hour air shift in about forty minutes on a computer in Charlotte as digital voice tracks for later playback on the air at WTAK-FM.[5] This use of "voice tracking" is a practice common to many Clear Channel-owned radio stations. WTAK-AM and WAAY-AM had a local Mr. Bill show in the 1970s and 1980s hosted by Bill McClendon. (McClendon is now a weekend on-air personality at WLRH-FM.)

Programming[edit]

In addition to its regular music programming, WTAK-FM is an affiliate of the Auburn University football radio network.[6]

History[edit]

WTAK-FM was originally known by the call sign WYAM-FM and went on the air around November 1991. WTAK-AM (1000 AM, now WDJL) shifted its programming solely to the 106.1 FM signal in late 1993 after several months of simulcast. This station was assigned the WTAK-FM call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on July 6, 1993.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on March 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ Welch, Chris (2007-08-19). "WTAK rockets to No. 2 spot". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 2007-12-28. WTAK-FM 106.1, classic rock, which tied for 10th in the winter survey, jumped to second behind its iHeartMedia, Inc. mate WDRM. 
  4. ^ "Big Show - Stations". The John Boy and Billy Radio Network. Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  5. ^ Washburn, Mark (2002-05-26). "The voice of Charlotte... and Huntsville... and Jackson...". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, North Carolina. p. 1H. Retrieved 2007-12-31. Charlotte radio personality Mr. Bill does his afternoon show on WRFX-FM (The Fox, 99.7), then does an afternoon show on WTAK-FM in Huntsville, Ala., then does the night show on WSTZ-FM in Jackson, Miss. 
  6. ^ "Football Affiliates". The Auburn University Official Athletics Site. 

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