FM Technical Profile: WBAM
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- Station Name:
- Bama Country
view] Southwest of the intersection of Fannin Mill and Kent
Spur Roads, south of the Grady community of Montgomery County.
- Power (ERP):
- 100 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 981 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
PS-Today's Best Country WBAM
Country WBAM (song/artist)
- AUX: 290 watts
@ 1096 feet. 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Image of the station's RDS data as received on an Insignia in
northwest Alabama. Shown are the Radio Text and PI (call sign)
Street View imagery of the Bluewater Broadcasting studios in
- This station started off as WFMI-FM(Fine Music
Incorporated), the FM companion of AM 1000, WQTY, which no longer
broadcasts. The format was classical music in glorious mono. Later,
WBAM AM 740 bought the station, changed the format to country and
started having their AM morning show simulcast on the FM. After the
AM was sold to a country compeitior, the FM changed to AC as 99 FM,
then later to top 40 as BAM 99. In the mid 80's, with the decline of
top 40, the station went to oldies for a while as Oldies 98. Later
it returned to country with a hot country format. After a third
station in the market moved to country, the market became
oversaturated and WBAM changed formats yet again, this time to top
40 again as Star 98.9. The format is a virtual duplicate of
Atlanta's Star 94, with its focus on adult alternative music.
- In September 2000, the station briefly switched to
WJMZ's format of urban/hip hop music, with the "98.9 Jamz" slogan,
but that didn't last a month. Early October saw the station
back to the CHR format.
- WBAM competed against cross-town rival "Y 102" but
apparently never dominated. In March 2004 the station stunted with
Alan Jackson's "Gone Country", then flipped to a mix of contemporary
and classic country as "Bama Country".