AM Technical Profile: WABF
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aerial] Dumaine Road, off Conception Street Road, near I-165.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 5 kW
- Night: 4.4 kW
- Day: 1 tower
- Night: 4 towers,
directional towards the Eastern Shore. [pattern
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
Remembering Bernie Dittman, from RBR.com.
The Mornin Guys, with old photos and airchecks of both WABB-FM and
A ten-part history of WABB AM & FM radio from Alvin Williams of
the News And Information About Television and Radio in Southwest
A write-up in the Fairhope Portico magazine about longtime host Lori
View] From goKML, an aerial view of the old
WABB AM site, which was destroyed by Hurricane Frederick.
Remnants of the towers can still be seen!
Top of the hour ID audio, recorded 9 March 2021. M4A format.
73 kb, 6 seconds.
Owned by Eternity Media Group LLC
- For history of
the station that now occupies this frequency, see WERM.
WABB was the radio station of the Mobile Register when it
began in 1948, with ABC network affiliation. The
book, "Alabama's First Broadcast
Stations", by Harry Butler says WABB stood for "Alabama's
It was the city's leading top 40 station from 1959
until FM competition eroded it's position in the late 70's. In a
rare move for a station of the era, they had an FM companion (the original WABB-FM) from the
very beginning, on 102.1 MHz with 50,000 watts of authorized power
at one point. That facility was a bit too early to catch on
and disappeared in 1956. The FM station which carried the pop
music format and WABB-FM calls that were closely associated with the
station's heyday was not bought by Dittman until 1973. The
station at one time broadcast from a four tower array off Whistler
Street in Prichard. In a bid for better coverage, the daytime
transmissions began emanating from the site use today at Dumaine
Road near I-165. This was the former site of a defunct
station. The night transmission site remained off
Whistler. In 1979, the
station's nighttime transmitter site off Whistler Street was
severely damaged by Hurricane Frederic and was moved to the
present location. See "Other Information",
above, for an overhead view of the site as it exists today, with
crumpled towers still visible in the trees.
- In the station's
glory days of Top 40-dom, it had incredible ratings and some
famous-name DJs worked there before going on the larger markets.
Since the move of pop music to FM, it's flirted with Nostalgia,
Oldies, Black Oldies and, later, all Talk.
the summer of 2010 the station was noted to be experiencing
technical difficulties, often going off the air for varying periods
February 2012 it was announced that the Dittman family sold WABB-FM
to EMF. WABB-AM was not part of the deal and was to be locally
ran (although usually with dead air instead of programming) until
around 24 August 2012, when it flipped to become a repeater for the
Sports Talk-formatted WTKE AM and FM stations in the Florida
panhandle. At the end of October 2012 the license was
transferred to Omni Broadcasting. In mid-November 2012 the
historic WABB calls ceased to exist in Mobile, for the first time
since the late 40s. It became WTKD, in line with other
Hale-owned sports stations (WTKE, WTKP, etc.) The Hale/Omni
deal fell through, and the license reverted back to the Dittman
family and the station fell silent just a few months after the
sports format debuted. The station remained silent, except for
brief periods of on air broadcasting to retain the license. In
May 2014 it was announced that the Dittman family sold the station
to Mississippi-based Eternity Records, which records and sells
gospel albums. As of the summer of 2014, the company had three
un-built FM construction permits scattered across Mississippi and
Louisiana. The station finally came back to life late in
August 2014, with black gospel music and new calls, WERM (Eternity
- The station's gospel
format gave way to the standards and swap shop programming from sister
station WABF in early February 2017. WABF lost its transmitter
site and ran into issues finding a new site, leading to that format
migrating here. WERM's gospel has migrated to the 1220
facility, which, as of mid-February 2017, is being temporarily
diplexed onto the 1480 tower site. The call sign finally changed
to WABF officially in early January 2018.