Infobox Radio station
name = WKAC
city = Athens,
branding = "WKAC 1080 AM"
slogan = "Live. Local. Legendary."
frequency = 1080 (kHz)
Oldies, Talk, Spanish
power = 5000
watts (critical hours)
class = D
facility_id = 37505
coordinates = coord|34|50|13|N|86|58|28|W
owner = Limestone Broadcasting Company, Inc.
website = http://wkac1080.com
WKAC (1080 AM, "WKAC 1080 AM") is a
radio stationin Athens, Alabama, broadcasting on the 1080 kHz frequency. The station is owned by Limestone Broadcasting Company, Inc. It primarily serves the Huntsville, Alabama, market.cite web |work=Arbitron |url=http://www.arbitron.com/ |title=Station Information Profile]
The station plays an eclectic mix of local programming and music. In an arrangement unusual for the Huntsville market, the station's programming is split between English-language programming from sign-on to 4:00pm with Spanish-language programming from 4:00pm to sign-off.
Weekday programming includes morning drive with Ken Fox, "Sick Call" hosted by Corey Hudson, "The Classifieds" [cite news | first = Danielle | last = Komis | title = Dialing for laughs: Jokester Willie P. Richardson bringing his prank calls, standup routine to Athens | url = http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/diversions/061210/willie.shtml | work =
The Decatur Daily| date = 2006-12-10 | accessdate = 2007-12-30 | quote = Richardson has visited local station WKAC 1080 a few times on their morning classifieds show, and each time listeners get "a kick out of it," said on-air personality Ken Fox. "He's hilarious," he said.] , late mornings with "The Morning Show with Ken and Kirk", middays with the "Butch Menefee Mid-Day Show", and early afternoons with Kirk Harvey. "Sick Call" is a daily program which lists recent deaths and people in the hospital. "Sick Call" has aired on WKAC since 1953. [cite news | title = 'Sick Call' Keeps Community Informed | work = Columbus Ledger-Enquirer| location = Columbus, Georgia | page = A1 | date = 2003-06-18 | accessdate = 2007-12-30 | quote = When Mary Romine sits down and adjusts the chrome-plated microphone on the spring-tensioned stand, it's an old habit. For years, she was co-host to the AM radio show that her husband, Buford Romine, and businessman J.C. Dobbs started in 1953.] "The Classifieds", formerly know as "Swap 'n' Shop", is a live call-in show for listing things for sale. The music is a mix of different types with an emphasis on country and oldies. This programming block airs from sign-on to 3:30pm on weekdays.
Weekend programming includes a mix of music and local shows. Notable weekend shows include "PlayAction Sports" on Saturday mornings. [ cite web|url=http://pasreport.net/|title=About Us|work=Play Action Sports Report]
The station broadcasts in Spanish under the name "Radio Bama" in the afternoons and evening. [cite news | title = Alabama Radio Reaches Hispanics | work =
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer| location = Columbus, Georgia | page = C4 | date = 2001-07-05 | accessdate = 2007-12-30 | quote = WKAC-AM in Athens recently began airing Radio-Bama, a show produced by Hispanic Media Productions with host Jose Guerrero.] The Spanish language broadcasts begin at 3:30 pm on weekdays (as of January 2008) and earlier on the weekend. They end each day at station sign-off.
The station is one of three in the area that broadcast at least part-time in Spanish. The others are WYAM (890 AM) in Hartselle and
WJHX(620 AM) in Lexington which both broadcast full-time in Spanish.
Notable former air personalities include George Rose who, along with his alter-ego "Cousin Josh" character, hosted "The Cousin Josh Jam-O-Ree" on several North Alabama radio stations in a career than began in 1948 at then-WJMW and ended at WKAC with his death in 2006. [cite news |title=George Rose, famous as radio's 'Cousin Josh,' dies at 78; funeral today. |work=
The Decatur Daily|date=2006-12-09 |last=Bishop |first=Kristen |accessdate=2007-12-29]
* [http://www.wkac1080.com/ WKAC official website]
* [http://www.spanishradio-spanishnewspaper.com Radio Bama website]
* [http://pasreport.net/ PlayAction Sports Report]
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