AM Technical Profile: WFEB
- Variety Hits
view] On AL-148 (Millerville Highway) east of Sylacauga
near the intersection with Vanduesen Drive, in the Talladega
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Night: 1 kW
- 1 tower
Groundwave Service Contour from
the FCC's Public Files
Street View imagery of the station's studio house on Highway 148 in
Owned by Lake Broadcasting, Inc.
// W265DV Sylacauga
- This station
first signed on in 1945. Put on the air by E. E. Forbes Sr's
Alabama Broadcasting Company, it initially ran 250 watts day and
night from a shunt-fed antenna powered by a Gates 250 C-1
transmitter. The station transmitted from the same tower and
studio location it has today, although the antenna was converted to
a series fed design in 1971. Early on, the station had
affiliations with both the Keystone and Mutual radio networks.
Forbes passed away in 1959 and ownership of the station fell to his
son, Earnest E. Forbes, Jr., Mallory Forbes and W. Kenneth
Forbes. They increased the station's power to 1 kW full time
in 1964 with a Gates BC-1G transmitter. Control of Alabama
Broadcasting Company was transferred to George and Nerine Carr in
1966. George would remain president of the company well into
By the mid-70's, the station was known to have a Middle of the Road
(MOR) music format. It kept that until the early 80's, when it
veered into contemporary country. That lasted a few years, and
by 1986 the station was doing Adult Contemporary programming.
By 1992 it was oldies. The format changed in 1996 to news/talk
and sports programming, basically a full-service outlet. They
even play some oldies at noon on Fridays.
Powers Broadcasting Company bought the station in March 2008 for
$184,310; George Carr was still general manager through this
time. (Note: other sources say the sale price was just
The station acquired a construction permit for a new FM translator
companion on 100.9 MHz in April, 2018.
The station was sold by Powers Broadcasting for $150,000 to John F.
Kennedy's Lake Broadcasting, in August 2018. Lake owns WKGA
Goodwater, just up the road. It appears that a format change
may be in the future, as their Facebook page is teasing a "greatest
hits of all time - B 101" image. That format changed in the
last week of August 2018, to an Variety Hits format.