AM Technical Profile: WERM
view] In Fairhope, at the corner of CR-3 (S Section Street)
and Pecan Avenue.
view] Dumaine Road, off Conception Street Road, near I-165.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Night: 42 watts
STA: 1 kW from WERM-AM
tower in Mobile.
- Day and night:
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's
Fairhope Courier article
on the station relocating its studios to downtown Fairhope and the
coverage issues they encountered from moving the transmitter site to
Edited aircheck. Features jingles, lots of automation screwups
including doubled audio and dead air, canned weather/temperature
announcements; no local commercials aired during this hour. 6'32",
6.6 MB, M4A (AAC) format. (05-15-2016)
- Owned by
Eternity Record Company, LLC
- Original owner
was J. Dige Bishop of Andalusia, who had a chain of stations and
cable systems in south Alabama, including WJDB in Thomasville and
WCTA in Andalusia. Has been on air since 1961 with the same
call letters, though it's been through several owners. In its
earlier days it was a directional daytimer with two towers.
While it primarily programmed to the Eastern Shore, the signal also
covered much of Mobile. At some point nighttime service was
added. The directional system was scrapped in 2001. The
station has, for most of its recent history, some type of nostalgia
or standards format.
- In February 2016
is was announced that the station was being sold to Eternity Records
Company, who owns and operated 1480 WERM in Mobile. The format
is supposedly staying standards, but the transmitter site is set to
move to the WERM site, where it will go directional to maintain
service to Fairhope.
- The station was
granted a Special Temporary Authority in April 2016 to operate
daytime only with 1 kW from one of the WERM towers in Mobile, and it
began using that facility as of September 2016. The tower at
the WABF studios on Section Street in Fairhope has been taken
down. Although the new ownership has moved the studios and
transmitter, the format has remained more or less the same, with a
mix of softer oldies and standards. Within a month of
beginning operation from the STA site at the WERM tower in Mobile,
coverage issues in Fairhope became apparent and the station moved
the temporary broadcast back to Fairhope, first from a location near
their new studio in downtown and later from a longwire off Twin
Beech Road, just a half mile from the old transmitter site. In
early February 2017, the format and programming moved to WERM 1480
in Mobile, while that station's programming moved to this
frequency. This change is reported to be permanent. The
call sign finally changed to WERM in early January 2018.