FM Technical Profile: WECB
- Station Name:
- B 105.3
[street view] About a half mile west of the intersection of Ross
Clark Circle with South Oates Street (US-231), behind the
Hyundai car dealer.
- Power (ERP):
- 10 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 434 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Street View imagery of the Gulf South studios on US-231 in Dothan.
- Alabama Media
- This station
has an interesting history. The allocation for this 105.3 MHz
frequency was originally to the small town of Chattahoochie,
Florida, and Gulf South applied for a Class A station, with
transmitter site in the community of Recovery, Georgia. The
transmitter location was changed to an area north of Recovery, and
this one apparently did go on the air, as the FCC shows a license to
cover filed in October 1992 with a call sign issued, WUMG. A
contributor notes, however, that the owners didn't think that
community could support a small station and that it may not have
gone on the air at all. Gulf South applied to change the
community of license to Headland, Alabama, just north of Dothan in
Henry County. The rationale used for picking this small town
was that this would be Headland's first "local service". This
was met with a lot of local opposition, who claimed that Headland
was more or less a part of Dothan and was already served adequately
by many Dothan radio stations.
we continue with the history of this station, it's worth pointing
out the significance of "local service" in the eyes of the FCC and
how it relates to this story. The FCC's policy is
strange. It dictates that a COL — city of license — is more
important than the actual geographical area it serves. So
while those opposed to this station's move were technically correct
that the community of Headland was already served by numerous
signals, the FCC bought into the COL change request because no
station had been previously licensed to that specific community,
regardless of how many signals were available there. My
contributor notes that the FCC's ruling in this case has set a
precedent that has been used in many COL changes put forth since.
appears the move to Headland occurred somewhere between the 1992 and
1996. The call letters changed to WBCD in February 1994, WZND
in August 2002 and finally WDBT in March of 2004. Before the
flip to talk, the station had a country music format. When the
owners bought the Geneva, Alabama 93.7 MHz station, which was talk,
they orchestrated a format flip, moving the talk to 105.3 and the
country to the bigger signal.
- In May
2011 the station began to be heard on WUSD, the 93.7 MHz station
that had talk on FM originally in the market.
2011 brought more changes to the station, with a call sign change
from WDBT to WECB, with country music as "B-105".
Formerly a South East Broadcasting property, it was sold in 2011 to
Alabama Media in a complicated deal involving Gulf South
Broadcasting. Members of the Holladay family are involved in
both Gulf South and Alabama Media. In mid-July 2015 the station
received a construction permit to re-locate the antenna from the
site northwest of Webb to a new tower behind the Hyundai dealer on
the SW corner of Ross Clark Circle. That signed on in November
2016. It is co-located with WESP, WJRL and WLDA, all co-owned