Update 1/13: The Vulcan has returned to Birmingham as Active Rock “103.1 The Vulcan” debuted on W276BQ and 960 WERC at 5:00pm today with Nirvana’s “All Apologies”.
The Talk programming that had been on 960 WERC remains on 105.5 WERC-FM.
Original Report 1/4: A HD2/translator combo will be used to bring a new format to Birmingham, AL. Clear Channel has gained control of 103.1 W276BQ and is using 103.7 WQEN-HD2 to feed it. The station is currently stunting with a six formats and asking listeners to go to MyNewRadioStation.com to vote for the format of their choice. The options and descriptions on the site are:
Outside of Urban, currently dominated by Cox’s “95.7 Jamz“, none of the listed formats are currently available in the Birmingham market.
There is a domain registration that seems to indicate the choice has already been made. 1031TheVulcan.com was registered by MarkMonitor, a registrar used by Clear Channel on December 15. If you recall, “The Vulcan” was the moniker used by Clear Channel’s 105.5 WVVB from December 2006 to July 2009 when that station flipped to a simulcast of News/Talk 960 WERC. The demise of 105.5 The Vulcan and Citadel AAA “Live 100.5” has left Birmingham without a current based Rock music outlet.
W276BQ is currently licensed with 130 watts at 1007 feet above ground level, but has applied for a special temporary authority to move to a new tower due to a dispute with that tower’s owner. The station is also attempting to increase power to the legal translator limit of 250 watts.