AM Technical Profile: WTOF


Frequency:
1110
Format:
Religious
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [street view] East of US-31/AL-59 in eastern Bay Minette, on S White Avenue/Nicholsville Street.
Power (ERP):
Day:  10 kW
Critical hours: 2,500  watts
Antenna:
Day: 1 tower, omnidirectional
Other Information:
[FCC]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
History:
WBCA Bay Minette signed on in 1957 at 1150 kHz; Wikipedia lists ownership at this time as Southwest Alabama Broadcasting Company.   It was apparently later owned by prominent local politician James Faulkner.  The calls stand for "Wonderful Baldwin County Alabama".  The station received a power upgrade in 1967 to 10,000 watts, along with a move to the current 1110 kHz frequency.

 
James Faulkner went on to sit on the board of Faulkner University, to which this station was transferred in 1986.

 
The station has had a variety of formats over the years: country-oldies, easy listening, contemporary country and adult contemporary.  In 1998 it was sold to the owners of Atmore's WYDH; it then began simulcasting their "Eagle 105.9" country format, along with Robertsdale's AM station.  As part of this three way simulcast (trimulcast?) the station was a party to several more formats:  rhythmic oldies "Boss 1110 AM", classic country, southern gospelů In the summer of 2006 the station started simulcasting WABF Fairhope and their nostalgia format.

 
The station was aquired in 2006 by Buddy Tucker Associates, who runs WMOB Mobile.  A few days after Thanksgiving in 2006, the station changed calls to WTOF (Tower Of Faith) and picked up an all syndicated religious programming format.