FM Technical Profile: WBHY


Station Name:
Power 88
Frequency:
88.5
Format:
Contemporary Christian
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [street view] Just north of the intersection of US-31 and Old Highway 31 in Spanish Fort, just southwest of the new and old WKRG-TV towers.
Power (ERP):
100 kW
Antenna:
Directional
Antenna HAAT:
884 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:
PS-POWER 88 WBHY-FM
Time-
No
Text-
CHRISTIAN MUSIC
PTY-
Religious Music
PI-
WBHY-FM
AUX: 17 kW @ 884 feet. Directional.  60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[FCC]
[FCCdata]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
[Facebook]
[Video] Drone footage of the old WBHY-FM (the former WKRG-TV) tower shot by Bill Flowers for a tower inspection. Via YouTube.
[Picture] Image of the RDS text display on a Sony Bluetooth portable headset showing the station's PS (station name) before the Radio Text filled in.
[Picture] Image of the RDS text display on a Sony Bluetooth portable headset showing the station's Radio Text, mid-scroll.
[Picture] Image of the RDS text display of a Mazda sedan's radio, with the PS, Radio Text and PTY fields.
Owner:
Goforth Media, Inc.
History:
Evangel Christian School was granted a permit for a new non-commercial station in March 1989. Originally, the permit was for 50 kW from the campus of the University of Mobile, off Alabama 158, northwest of Prichard, with the WAYF calls.  They assigned the permit to Goforth Media in June 1990; Goforth had already been in the radio business, running WBHY (AM) 840 with a Christian teaching and preaching format.  The permit went through a few minor modifications, before finally going on the air as WBHY-FM in July 1992 from the old WKRG-TV tower in Spanish Fort.  From the very beginning, the station aired a Contemporary Christian music format as "Power 88". 

From about the year 2000, plans were being formulated to boost the station's coverage by increasing the power to 100 kW.  The station was finally granted a construction permit for the upgrade in March 2017.  In addition to the increase in power, the station would move from the old WKRG-TV tower to the new WKRG-TV tower just a few thousand feet away.  That new facility signed on in late October 2018.