Cheatham County radio station WQSV is now owned by a Clarksville-based media company after owner Corky Albright sold the station Monday, Jan. 28.
Albright, who has owned and operated the station for more than 26 years, had his last day on the air Thursday, Jan. 31.
“I’d like to thank everybody, all the business, government officials and listeners to our station for supporting us,” Albright said.
The station’s new owner, Consolidated Media LLC, owns six radio stations after purchasing both the 790 AM station and the 103.9 FM station from Albright, said Bryan Fowler, managing partner for Consolidated Media. The company plans to build the FM station and have it on air by March 1, he said.
While the company is now fully operating the station, there will be a 60- to 90-day waiting period before the sale is officially approved by the Federal Communications Commission.
The new station, branded as Wolf Country Legends, will include content from the company’s other stations as well as local content, Fowler said. Their programming includes music, local news, weather and local sports, he said.
The company purchased new equipment to broadcast local sports events and expects the coverage to sound extremely high-quality, Fowler said.
Businesses who advertise with the station can expect their messages to reach all six stations, which reach into southern Kentucky and northern Alabama, Fowler said.
“We want to let people know they can expect some really big things with what we’re doing,” he said. “We take it over the top.”
Albright goes off-air after over 26 years
When Albright purchased the station in 1991, it was a daytime-only news station that barely reached all of the county. Now, the station’s sound waves reach Dickson County, Davidson County and Robertson County and has programming 24 hours a day, Albright said.
Once approved to be on air at night, WQSV was able to cover local elections, sports and breaking news.
Albright, 76, has worked at or owned radio stations for 51 years.
“The first time I heard a radio, I was 5 years old in Clarksville,” he said. “There was a guy on the early morning show called ‘Uncle Ollie,’ when it was snowing, the first thing you’d do is turn on ‘Uncle Ollie’ to see if there was going to be school.”
Albright wanted to be that voice, he said. That’s why at 21, he started his first job in Fort Campbell, Ky., as a salesman and occasional host. He later worked in Montgomery County, Dickson County and eventually Cheatham County.
“I’m going to miss it after all these years,” he said. “We’ll see if my future plans will be in radio or something else.”
Albright plans to keep living in the county and to stay active in the community, he said. With his new free time, he plans to spend time with his wife and get back into golf.