AM Technical Profile: WBIB

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Country, Religious, Community Programming
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Visible on the western side of AL-219 (Birmingham Road), just north of Dry Hollow Road and US-82, behind the large kudzu patch.
Power (ERP):
Day: 1 kW
Day: 1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
Owned by James Deloach
// W268DA (CP)
This station came on the air in April of 1965, on 1590 with 1 kW days only, by Fred Smith (as Voice of the Mid-South).  Early on, the transmitter and studios were at the Southern Belle Motel on Highway 1 west of Centreville.  The transmitter moved to its current site in 1965, and the studio went to Highway 219 at Cahawba Drive.  The station moved to its current dial position in 1966.  The station was acquired by WBIB, Inc. in 1969. 

The station most likely debuted with a country music format, with gospel on the weekends. 

In 1981, the studios moved to 103 Olon Heights Shopping Center in Centreville.  The station was acquired by Rigdon Broadcasting in 1983 for $175,000.   The station flipped to gospel after being bought by Sides-Robinson in 1997, however after a few years they brought some country music back into the mix. 

The station was bought by Bibb Broadcasting in 2002 for just over $146,000.  James Deloach bought the station in 2005.

It has been reported that the station has been being rebroadcast over an FM translator licensed to Brent since early 2008.  It moved out of Bibb County and into the Tuscaloosa market a few years later.
The station was off the air due to the April 27th tornado outbreak of 2011, but came back on shortly thereafter.

The station acquired another permit for an FM translator in July 2018.