FM Technical Profile: WTUS-LP


Station Name:
Welcome 103.3
Frequency:
103.3
Format:
Visitor's Information Station, Smooth Jazz
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] On Jug Factory Road behind Walmart.
Power (ERP):
47 watts
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
143 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[FCC]
[RECnet]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
Owner:
Tuscaloosa City Board of Education
History:
This station's original construction permit was issued in September of 2004.  The station signed on with a tourist information format and a license to cover was filed in March of 2006.  During the application process, two other stations also applied for this frequency.  The groups all agreed to share time equally.  The other two stations were WUAC-LP, which aired a Christian rock format was was owned by a group called Crucifest Ministries, and a Chinese Christian teaching station, WTCC-LP.  The Chinese ministry station never got off the ground; the construction permit was canceled in October of 2007.  WTUS-LP and WUAC-LP wound up splitting time, with the tourist information station running from 6am-6pm, and the Christian rock running 6pm-6am.  Crucifest Ministries gave up the license for WUAC-LP in December of 2014, leaving WTUS-LP alone to operate 24 hours a day.  The station was conceived and put on the air by the Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitor's Bureau, which merged with the Tuscaloosa Sports Commission in 2010 to become the Tuscaloosa Tourism And Sports Commission, Inc.  The station currently airs a tourist information format, with events, shopping, dining and other local information.  When the station is not offering information, they play smooth jazz music.  In November 2015, the station applied to transfer ownership from the Tourism commission to the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education.  That was granted in February, 2016.