WTAK-FM

WTAK-FM

Infobox Radio station
name = WTAK-FM


city = Hartselle, Alabama
area = Huntsville, Alabama
branding = "Classic Rock 106.1 TAK"
slogan = "Huntsville's Classic Rock"
airdate =
frequency = 106.1 MHz HD Radio 106.1 HD-2 for Alternative rock
repeater = 106.5 W293AH (Huntsville)
format = Classic rock
erp = 5,400 watts
haat = 221 meters (726 feet)
class = C3
facility_id = 25383
coordinates = coord|34|27|45|N|86|38|36|W|
callsign_meaning =
former_callsigns = WYAM-FM
owner = Clear Channel Communications
licensee = Capstar TX Limited Partnership
sister_stations = WDRM, WQRV, WBHP, WHOS
webcast = [http://www.wtak.com/cc-common/streaming_new/index.html?refreshed=yes Listen Live]
website = http://www.wtak.com
affiliations =

WTAK-FM (106.1 FM, "Classic Rock 106.1 TAK") is a classic rock formatted radio station licensed to Hartselle, Alabama, and owned by Clear Channel Communications.cite web |url=http://www.arbitron.com/ |title=Station Information Profile |work=Arbitron] 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.cite news |work=The Huntsville Times |title=WTAK rockets to No. 2 spot |date=2007-08-19 |last=Welch |first=Chris|url=http://www.al.com/huntsvilletimes/stories/index.ssf?/base/entertainment/1187515326250230.xml&coll=1 |quote=WTAK-FM 106.1, classic rock, which tied for 10th in the winter survey, jumped to second behind its Clear Channel mate WDRM. |accessdate=2007-12-28]

Personalities

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. [cite web | title = Big Show - Stations | url = http://www.thebigshow.com/00webcast/thestations2.html | work = The John Boy and Billy Radio Network | accessdate = 2007-12-31]

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. [cite news | first = Mark | last = Washburn | title = The voice of Charlotte... and Huntsville... and Jackson... | url = http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-8847612_ITM | work = The Charlotte Observer | location = Charlotte, North Carolina | page = 1H | date = 2002-05-26 | accessdate = 2007-12-31 | quote = 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.] 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.(who is now weekends at WLRH-FM) Highlights included "Mr. Bill's Kitchen",a daily feature on WTAK-AM.

Programming

In addition to its regular music programming, WTAK-FM is an affiliate of the Auburn University football radio network. [ cite web |url=http://auburntigers.cstv.com/sponsorship/aub-footbl-affiliates.html |title=Football Affiliates |work=The Auburn University Official Athletics Site]

History

WTAK-FM was originally known by the call sign WYAM 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.cite web |url=http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=25383&Callsign=WTAK-FM |title=Call Sign History |work=FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database]

References

External links

* [http://www.wtak.com WTAK official website]
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