AM Technical Profile: WARB
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East of CR-64, just south of CR-18, and west of CR-45 in Henry
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1.6 kW
- 1 tower
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Street View of the station's studio, in the same building that
houses WTVY-TV. This station is on the 8th floor.
- // W290DG Dothan, AL
Owned by Good Guys Broadcasting
- This facility
dates back to an original construction permit first issued in 1990
for a daytime-only station running 1.6 kW. That permit expired
not once, not twice, but three times
before the station was finally able to get on the air.
Original owners Holy Ground Broadcasting sold the license to Genesis
Radio Company for $10 in 1994. They got the station running in
the summer of 1995, although FCC data shows a license to cover not
being filed until October of 1996. The station's original call
sign was WGZS; the station aired a Southern Gospel format.
They may have broadcast in C-QUAM stereo during this time.
Starting in June 1998, the station was passed from one company or
owner to another in fairly rapid succession. Celebration
Communications bought the station, along with WIZB in Abbeville, for
$540,000 in June 1998. At that time, the station began
simulcasting WIZB's Contemporary Christian format.
The license was transferred to Michael B. Glinter in April
2002. He sold it to James T. Lee in August 2002 for $140,000
plus $120 a month "antenna rental" fee, but this agreement was never
consummated. The station was then sold to Good Samaritan
Communications of Pioche in October 2003 for $165,000.
Tropicana Media, LLC, acquired the station in March 2002 for
$150,000. The station was then sold to Victory Broadcasting in
March 2006 for $151,000. The station fell silent in October
2006, citing financial issues.
Victory Broadcasting sold the station to Jalo Broadcasting in
December of 2006 for $225,000. They flipped the format to
Ooldies as WEEL "Oldies 700, The Big Wheel" in March, when the
station finally came back on the air, but was off again by August
2007, citing financial issues. It
did not come back on the air until late Spring 2008.
The station license and assets were to be sold to Dothan
Broadcasting, LLC in June 2008 for the curious price of
$246,589.12. Dothan Broadcasting entered
into a time brokerage agreement with Jalo Broadcasting at the same
time. The station fell silent again, this time from August
2008 through May 2009, when it came back on with an FM translator in
tow, on 100.1 MHz. At some point in 2009, the station's
translator was sold to Wiregrass Media, who used it to rebroadcast
one of their stations. The station went silent once again in
August 2009, citing loss of programming due to termination of a time
By January 2010, the station license was back in the hands of
Victory Broadcasting, for the tidy sum of $150,000. It's
unknown if the format ever changed during this period of ownership
musical chairs, or stayed oldies the entire time. Shortly
before returning to the air under Victory's ownership in March of
2010, the station's call sign changed to WCNF.
The station fell silent for the fifth time in December 2010, again
citing financial concerns. The station stayed off until April
2011, when it came back on the air with more Oldies music, although
a resumption of operations notice was never filed. The station
fell silent again at some point after that report was
circulated. Victory passed the station on to Alaradio Media
(Alabama Media/Clay Holladay) in July 2011. The purchase price
was $10,000. They filed a resumption of operations with the
FCC in November 2011, and flipped to a News, Talk, Sports and
Agricultural format as "700 The Farm". That format was quite
short lived, as later in that same November the station flipped to
Classic Country as "Dixie 700", citing a lack of advertisers for the
conservative talk and farm info format.
The station filed yet another silent STA with the FCC in March 2014,
again citing financial issues. The station resumed operations
in January 2015 with another new format: Black Gospel. The
slogan was "Power 700" until the station acquired another FM
translator, then morphed to "Power 107.7" to reflect the FM's dial
position. The station was reported silent in November 2015,
and a filing with the FCC cites a change in the power availability
at the tower site, ridding the site of single-phase power.
The station was on the air once again by May 2016, with yet another
new format: ESPN Sports. It's thought that the station has
been off the air quite a bit more than what is listed in FCC
filings; in some cases the FM translator was noted to be
broadcasting programming while the AM was off for extended periods,
as recently as September 2016. The legality of that translator
(W299BX) has also been called into question by observers. It
was originally running 250 watts from atop the Channel 4 building in
downtown Dothan, but had a construction permit to relocate to a
common FM tower behind the Toyota dealer on the southwest side of
Dothan, off Ross Clark Circle, with 88 watts. That grant was
rescinded shortly afterwards, but a special temporary authority was
filed in October 2016 to allow them to continue operating from there
while a new permit was requested. The translator's future
was thrown into further limbo when Fox Broadcasting, licensee of
WFXX in Georgiana, filed an informal objection alleging interference
to their station, also on 107.7 MHz, in places like Enterprise,
Coffee Springs and Level Plains.
The station dropped the WCNF calls in early February 2018 to become
WARB. That same month, the FCC dismissed the complaint of
interference against the FM translator when Alabama Media contacted
two of the "listeners" and discovered they never actually signed the
complaints; Alabama Media was unable to reach the remaining
complainants. The station added a second translator on 105.9
MHz, in March 2018.
After the 105.9 translator signed on in April 2018, the station
stunted with 10,000 commercial free songs. After that ended,
they launched a "southern style" Classic Rock and Blues format as
"Roadhouse 106". That ran until Hurricane Michael damaged the
station and took it off the air 10 October 2018. The station
relaunched as Hip-Hop
"Vibe 105.9" at the start of 2019. A few months after launch,
the translator on 107.7 MHz was spun off to rebroadcast a different
format on a different Holladay-owned station, WDBT.
In late March 2019, the FCC fined the station's ownership $18,000
for the various instances of rules-breaking associated with the old
107.7 MHz translator. Factors included the lengthy (reportedly
11 months) time off air without filing an STA, the operation of the
translator from the wrong location as well as the FM translator
operating while the AM was silent.
The station was sold by Alaradio Media to Good Guys Broadcasting
(Brian Baker and Anthony Donelson) for $32,500. They had been
programming it via LMA since the flip to Hip-Hop.