AM Technical Profile: WBTG


Frequency:
1290
Format:
Standards
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Located in northeast Sheffield, just west of US-43 (N Jackson Highway), at the corner of NE 16th Street and Gospel Road.
Power (ERP):
Day: 1 kW
Night: 79 watts
Antenna:
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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[Studio] Street View imagery of the station's studio on the appropriately-named Gospel Road in Sheffield.  The AM station's tower is in back, with the call letters mounted about halfway up.
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History:
Signed on in 1963 as WSHF, put on the air by J. B. Falt.  Became WHCM in the mid 80's, and WBTG in 1987 when it was purchased by Slatton and Associates. The station picked up the FM translator on 94.7 MHz in August 2008, under an STA, as this was before the FCC was regularly issuing translators to AM stations.  The translator later became "official" but always had poor coverage because of low power and the need for a directional antenna.  In April 2016, under the FCC's AM revitalization scheme, they were able to secure a permit to move it to 105.9 MHz and increase power significantly.