Bahakel Communications

Bahakel Communications
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina, USA

Bahakel Communications, Ltd. is an American communications company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, that is wholly owned and operated by the Bahakel family. The company was founded by Cy Bahakel in 1953,[1] who ran it until his death on April 20, 2006 at the age of 87.

Bahakel's broadcasting properties include fourteen radio and television stations in Alabama, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The group's properties are primarily concentrated on the Southern United States for its television stations, and the Colorado Springs and Chattanooga areas for their radio properties.


Stations are arranged alphabetically by state and by city of license.

Current stations[]



City of license / Market Station Channel
Owned since Network affiliation
Selma - Montgomery, Alabama WAKA 8 (25) 1985 CBS
WBMM 22 (18) 2011 The CW (via The CW Plus)
WNCF †† 32 (31) 2011
(originally owned from 1964-1985)
Charlotte, North Carolina WCCB ** 18 (18) 1964 The CW
Columbia, South Carolina WOLO-TV 25 (7) 1964 ABC
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina WFXB 43 (36) 2006 Fox
Jackson, Tennessee WBBJ-TV 7 (35) 1966 ABC


AM Station FM Station
City of License/Market Station Owned since Current format
Colorado Springs, Colorado KILO 94.3 FM 1984 Active rock
Pueblo West, Colorado KRXP 103.9 FM 1999 Alternative rock
Chattanooga, Tennessee WXCT 1370 AM 1997 Album Adult Alternative
WDEF-FM 92.3 FM 1997 Adult Contemporary
WDOD-FM 96.5 FM 1963[2] Contemporary Hit Radio
South Pittsburg, Tennessee WUUQ 97.3 FM 2010 Classic Country

Former stations[]


City of license / Market Station Channel
Years owned Current ownership status
Springfield - Decatur, Illinois WRSP-TV 55 (16) 1982–2007 Fox affiliate owned by GOCOM Media, LLC
(Operated under a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Urbana - Champaign, Illinois WCCU
(satellite of WRSP-TV)
27 (36) 1982–2007 Fox affiliate owned by GOCOM Media, LLC
(Operated under a SSA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Terre Haute, Indiana WBAK-TV 38 (18) 1978–2003 ABC affiliate, WAWV-TV, owned by Mission Broadcasting
(Operated under a SSA by Nexstar Media Group)
Greenwood - Greenville, Mississippi WABG-TV 6 (32) 1959–2007 ABC affiliate owned by Cox Media Group
Fayetteville - Raleigh - Durham, North Carolina WKFT-TV 40 (22) 1996–2003 Univision owned-and-operated station (O&O), WUVC-DT


AM Station FM Station
Market Station Years owned Current ownership
Greensboro, North Carolina WPET 950 AM Unknown–2001 Owned by Truth Broadcasting, Inc.
WSMW 98.7 FM Unknown–2001 Owned by Audacy
Waterloo - Cedar Rapids, Iowa KFMW 107.9 FM 1996–2012 Owned by NRG Radio, LLC
KOKZ 105.7 FM Unknown–2012
KWLO 1330 AM 1996–2012
KXEL 1540 AM 1958–2012


  1. ^ "Director, Bahakel Digital Media". ABC Columbia. 2020-05-27. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  2. ^ "Owner of WDEF, WDOD Radio Stations Dies in Charlotte".