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City of license Athens, Alabama
Broadcast area Huntsville, Alabama
Branding WKAC 1080 AM
Slogan "Live. Local. Legendary."
Frequency 1080 (kHz)
Format Oldies, Talk, Spanish
Power 5,000 watts (day)
2,500 watts (critical hours)
Class D
Facility ID 37505
Transmitter coordinates 34°50′13″N 86°58′28″W / 34.83694°N 86.97444°W / 34.83694; -86.97444
Affiliations CNN Radio
Owner Limestone Broadcasting Company, Inc.

WKAC (1080 AM, "WKAC 1080 AM") is a radio station in Athens, Alabama, USA, broadcasting on the 1080 kHz frequency. The station is owned by Limestone Broadcasting Company, Inc. It primarily serves the Huntsville, Alabama, market.[1]



The station plays a mix of local programming and oldies. 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.


WKAC 1080

Weekday programming includes morning drive with Ken Fox, "Sick Call" hosted by Corey Hudson, "The Classifieds"[2], late mornings with "The Morning Show with Ken and Kirk", middays with Tim Lambert's "Goodtime Gold Midday Show", and early afternoons with Kirk Harvey. "Sick Call" is a daily program which lists recent deaths and people in the hospital; the show first aired in 1953.[3] "The Classifieds", formerly known as "Swap 'n' Shop", is a live call-in show for listing things for sale. The music is an oldies format. This programming block airs from sign-on to 4 pm on weekdays.

Weekend programming includes a mix of music and local shows. Notable weekend shows include the "PlayAction Sports Report" on Saturday mornings at 9:30.[4]

Radio Bama

Radio Bama logo

The station broadcasts in Spanish under the name "Radio Bama" in the afternoons and evening.[5] The Spanish language broadcasts begin at 4:00 pm on weekdays (as of November 2009), 10:00am on Saturdays, and noon on Sundays. 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.[6]


  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  2. ^ Komis, Danielle (December 30, 2006). "Dialing for laughs: Jokester Willie P. Richardson bringing his prank calls, standup routine to Athens". The Decatur Daily. Retrieved December 30, 2007. "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." 
  3. ^ "'Sick Call' Keeps Community Informed". Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Georgia): p. A1. June 18, 2003. "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." 
  4. ^ "About Us". Play Action Sports Report. 
  5. ^ "Alabama Radio Reaches Hispanics". Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Georgia): p. C4. July 5, 2001. "WKAC-AM in Athens recently began airing Radio-Bama, a show produced by Hispanic Media Productions with host Jose Guerrero." 
  6. ^ Bishop, Kristen (2006-12-09). "George Rose, famous as radio's 'Cousin Josh,' dies at 78; funeral today.". The Decatur Daily. 

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