Spanish-language news comes to southeastern Alabama via the Fabiola Lev and Arik Lev-owned WIRB (1490), licensed to Level Plains and targeting Hispanic and Latino listeners in the Dothan market.
What was previously “Talk 1490” is now airing local and national news and will also include some music programming and expand to Facebook live talk shows.
“In the Wiregrass, Enterprise, Ozark, Daleville, Dothan… all of this area has Hispanics doing different things, working in the poultry plants or maybe working out in the fields, WIRB Coordinator/Producer Myra Arus Aponte told WTVY-TV. “Now they can go home, drive home or maybe just sit at home listening to 1490, finding out what’s happening in our area.”
Classic country finds a home in Amory, MS, as Stanford Communications flips talk/sports WAMY (1580) to Westwood One’s “Classic Country” programming. The station is simulcast on the Amory-licensed translator W243DZ at 96.5.
“I knew about the classic country format for some time. WAMY used to be known as the country giant,” owner Ed Stanford told the Monroe Journal. “The genre of music will be country hits from the 1960s to the ‘80s. It will be different from the other regional country stations that broadcast more recently produced songs.” The station has been in the works since Stanford received a construction permit for the translator in 2018. The broadcasting permit was granted May 19.
Sports coverage carried on WAMY will continue and be expanded, including a game of the week during high school football season, Stanford said. Sports coverage also includes Ole Miss baseball and Mississippi State football and basketball.
The Abilene market also has a new classic country outlet as Community Broadcast Partners launches “Q Country” KORQ (96.1) after a day of playing non-stop Hank Williams music. Advertised as “Farm and Ranch Radio for The Big Country,” the new sound replaces CHR “96Q.”
“We told you big changes were coming, and today is the day,” the station posted to Facebook. “Tune in to Abilene’s newest radio station, Q Country 96.1… the only radio station in the Big Country catering to the farmers and ranchers. Enjoy Texas Country, Outlaw Country and Classic Country as well as Agricultural news updates. The music you love and the news you need.”