FM Technical Profile: WFFN

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Station Name:
95.3 The Bear
Frequency:
95.3
Format:
Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] Co-located with WTUG and WJMY-CD in rural southern Tuscasloosa County, just off Jones Camp Road, south of CR-1 (South Rosser Road).
Power (ERP):
17.5 kW
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
839 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
:
PS-
BAMAS BEST VARIETY OF COUNTRY THE BEAR | TRADE ME IN @ TOWNSEND NISSAN | 95.3 THE BEAR
Time-
present
Text-
BAMAS BEST VARIETY OF COUNTRY THE BEAR | TRADE ME IN @ TOWNSEND NISSAN | 95.3 THE BEAR
PTY-Country
PI-
WFFN-FM
Pictures:
[satellite dishes] dishes at the base of the tower site
[tower] a view of the tower holding WTUG, WFFN and W46BU in rural Tuscaloosa county
[tower] the tower base with information on the TBN-owned LPTV station W46BU
[RDS] RDS data decoded on an Insignia portable in far northwest Alabama, showing a blank Radio Text field and the PI (call sign) field.
More Information:
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[Studio] Street View imagery of the Townsquare Media stations in Tuscaloosa, off Skyland Boulevard.
Owner:
Townsquare Media
History:
This station dates back to an original construction permit granted in 1986 to Radio South, Inc. (Houston Pearce, president) for a Class A station on 92.9 MHz, licensed to Cordova.  The station was originally assigned the WARF-FM call sign, as it was a companion to Jasper-licensed WARF 1240.  When it signed on in 1988, the station transmitted from a site north of Cordova (between Gardner Gin Road and what is now I-22) on Hilltop Road, with a Country music format. 

The station's transmitter moved to a site off 7th Avenue, just west of AL-269, west of Jasper, in 1991.  With this change, the station changed to its present frequency, 95.3 MHz.  The station relocated back to the Hilltop Road site that it had originally been on in 1996.

In 2004, several changed occurred.  Radio South (which had then became New Century Radio) morphed into Apex Broadcasting; the station also was granted a major modification to relocate to the Tuscaloosa market by relicensing to the community of Coaling, and installing a transmitter site south of Tuscaloosa.  Prior to this facility signing on, the station tried a short stint as "Sunny 95.3" with an Oldies format.

The Coaling-licensed site south of Tuscaloosa signed on in 2005, shortly after the station was acquired by Citadel Communications.  They flipped the format to Country as "95.3 The Bear". 

Citadel later became a part of Cumulus, who sold their Tuscaloosa cluster of stations to Townsquare Media in the spring of 2012.