AM Technical Profile: WBCF


Frequency:
1240
Format:
Talk, News
Transmitter Location:
[map]
Power (ERP):
Day: 1 kW
Night: 1 kW
Antenna:
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
[FCC]
[FCCData.org]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
// W246BS Florence
History:
This station was on the air in the 1945 as WMFT before becoming ABC-affiliated WOWL AM, from which WOWL-FM (107.3) and WOWL TV (15) were spawned.  Currently the station is owned by Benny Carle, a well-known television personality from the late 50's-early 60's era of Birmingham TV (my father was on his show! Zach)
 
The book, "Alabama's First Broadcast Stations", by Harry Butler says the WBCF calls stood for "Benny Carle, Florence". WOWL got its unusual calls because the station's founder's mother collected owls!
 
In September 2009 the station acquired FM translator W247BP in Florence, on 97.3 MHz.  The translator suffered interference from several co-channel stations all around, so in November of 2009 it moved to 97.1 MHz as W246BS.