AM Technical Profile: WTBC
eye] Just north of Alberta City, between Jack Warner Parkway
and 25th Avenue East. Almost due north of the cul-de-sac of 23rd
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Night: 1 kW
- 1 tower
Street view imagery of the barely-visible studio behind the Olive
Garden on McFarland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa.
- // W261BT
// WTUG-HD2 Tuscaloosa
Owned by Townsquare Media
- The station was
put on the air in 1946 as WJRD-AM. Those calls eventually moved to
1150 kHz and the station became WTBC (Tuscaloosa Broadcasting
Company). The 1957 Radio Annual shows them running 250 watts.
station was top 40 during the 60's and was the flagship of
University of Alabama sports. WTBC-FM came from this station.
Later became WRLX (Relax) with easy listening, then switched to talk
with the calls WTNW. (Became the second station in Alabama to air
Don and Mike. — Zach) The station was bought out a few years ago by
Cox Broadcasting so they could get a hold of its sister station,
WFFX-FM, 95.7. That station was moved to become a Birmingham
rimshot and the AM station went to easy listening with the WTBC
calls. The format didn't seem to last too long, however, as the
station quickly went back to talk and news. Cox sold WTBC to John
Sisty, owner of WNPT-FM in Marion, in 2002.
February 2011 it became known that the station is acquiring an FM
translator (W286BV Demopolis). The station has also branched
out into music during non-talk dayparts, as is calling itself "1230
The River". The station's translator outlet eventually moved
to 100.1 as W261BT. At the end of August 2013, the station was
reported to be relaying WNPT's "Catfish Country" classic country
programming. The station, along with WNPT, was being sold to
Townsquare Media in May of 2016. Roughly a month later, the
Catfish Country moved to WTBC and its translator exclusively after
WNPT flipped to sports.