FM Technical Profile: WBFR

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Station Name:
Family Radio
Christian Religious: Family Radio network affiliate
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] [bird's eye] Approximately 1/2 mile east of I-65 on Red Mountain, just west of the "Pickle Fork" broadcast tower on Beacon Parkway East.
Power (ERP):
95 watts
Antenna HAAT:
705 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
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Family Stations, Inc.
Signed on in February 1989 and has always been a Family Radio affiliate.  The station briefly operated at lower than authorized power through a Special Temporary Authority (STA) due to a problem with the transmission system in February 2016.  A few months later, the station received its first ever construction permit for an upgrade in July of 2016.  The antenna height was to be lowered but with a power increase and a horizontal component added.  Tower coordinates were also corrected, although it does not affect the Transmitter Location links on this page. That permit expired, unbuilt.

In April 2023, the station again applied for changes, this time including an increase in antenna height, with a corresponding drop in power from 100 watts vertical only to 95 watts horizontal and vertical polarization.  That permit was granted at the end of May 2023, and a license to cover was filed in the middle of July 2023.