AM Technical Profile: WBSR
view] In the Kupfrian Park area of Pensacola, at the corner of
FL-292 (N Pace Boulevard) and W Moreno Street.
- Power (ERP):
- Day and night:
- 1 tower
- 0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
Pensacola News-Journal article
on the sudden shutdown of the station's ESPN sports format at the
end of May 2017.
YouTube video compilation of various local news reports on the
"demise" of the station in 1985, when the owners of WMEZ bought the
station out and shut it down (temporarily). Features vintage
news reports from WJTC and WEAR.
YouTube video with slideshow of vintage WBSR memorabilia and an
aircheck of Jerry "Big Daddy Rabbit" Ray from 1970.
Owned by Easy Media (Daniel Brewer)
- // W266AL
// WOWB Jay, FL
- Came on around
1946. WBSR was an adult-learning network affiliate back in the
50's, until that all changed in favor of top 40. It became the
market's leading rocker, until pushed aside by FM competition in the
70's. Poor ground conductivity in this area makes it difficult for
any AM, much less one on a class IV frequency, to be competitive.
The station was bought by WMEZ FM when it fell on hard times and
became it's stepchild. Since then, it has been automated, with
attempts at easy listening, oldies and soft adult contemporary — all
with the same call letters. The soft adult contemporary lasted
until 2 September 2011, when the station flipped to ESPN
Radio. In March 2013 the station began being heard on
translator owned by Edgewater Broadcasting, W266AL, on 101.1
MHz. It's a move in from the Bay Minette area of Baldwin
County. In May 2015 Easy Media bought the translator outright for
$38,000. Control of Easy Media transferred from Frederic T.C.
Brewer to Daniel Brewer in February 2016. The ESPN format
lasted until the end of May 2017, when the station suddenly was
taken off the air and most of the employees let go. A day or
two after the shutdown, the station was reported on air, stunting
with various music formats. On 20 June 2017, the station and
its translator picked up the Christian religious simulcast of WOWB,