FM Technical Profile: WBHM

Station Name:
Public Radio: Classical, Jazz, NPR and PRI News, Talk.
Transmitter Location:
[map] Approx. 1/2 mile west of Red Mtn. Expressway on Red Mtn. Co-located with WJOX-FM and WPYA-FM.
Power (ERP):
32 kW
Antenna HAAT:
1214 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:PS-WBHM-FM Time-present Text-WBHM PTY-Talk PS-WBHM-FM
SCA: Alabama Radio Reading Service
// WSGN Gadsden
// W284CA Fort Payne
// W291DC Birmingham
More Information:
[Audio] 30th Anniversary interview and aircheck from the station's first year of broadcasting.
[Image] Coverage map of WBHM and WSGN (hosted on WBHM's website).
[RDS] RDS display from the station on a GMC Yukon's radio.
[RDS] RDS display from an Insignia portable radio in northwest Alabama, showing the Radio Text and PI (call sign) fields, updated June 2017.
[RDS] RDS display from a GM vehicle's radio showing the RDS PS (station slogan) field of the W291DC translator in Birmingham.
  University of Alabama at Birmingham
Came on the air in 1976, two months after Huntsville debuted the first public radio station in the state.  The station was an early adopter of RDS, but they dropped it because it caused audible noise in the carrier.  RDS was turned back on sometime in 2011, it appears.  The station has carried the Alabama Radio Reading Service for years, but word on the street is the service is being cut in the fall of 2011 due to lack of support and budget restraints, but it appears to still be active as of 2016.  The station had planned to add HD digital in 2010 but that never materialized.