FM Technical Profile: WIZB
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- Station Name:
- The Joy FM
view] Between Headland and Abbeville, east of US 431 at the
intersection of Henry County roads 64 and 18.
- Power (ERP):
- 19.5 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 410 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
AUX: 500 watts @ 118
feet HAAT. 60 dBu protected
map, from FCCdata.org.
- More Information:
Street View imagery of the station's studio on Highway 53 in Dothan.
// W241CB Dothan (CP)
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- This station
started off as WARI-FM, spawned from 1480 WARI in Abbeville. It was
put on the air by John V. Mizell (as Abbeville Radio, Inc.)
The original construction permit was issued in the spring of 1967;
it signed on in early 1968, mostly duplicating the AM's Country
music format. The station started off as a Class A with 3 kW,
transmitting from the AM's stick about two miles northwest of
Abeeville on AL-10 (today, this at the western corner of AL-10 and
US-431.) The transmitter was a Bauer 603, feeding a Jampro 3
element model J3B/3V antenna.
Around 1976 the AM tried a more Diversified approach with a mix of
Country and Rock, and the FM by this point was duplicating the AM
75% of the time according to that year's Broadcasting
Yearbook. By the end of the decade, this station was
doing a Middle of the Road (MOR) music format while the AM remained
In early 1980, ownership of both the AM and FM was sold to Henry
County Radio, Inc. They flipped the station to Urban
Contemporary as WXLE. That lasted until the station was sold
to Abbeville Wireless Corp. in 1985. They flipped both the AM
and FM to oldies around that time.
The station was acquired by Genesis Radio, Inc. in 1995, and they
tried several formats, including Rock, Top 40 and Classic Hits, but
nothing stuck. By 1998, the station had finally flipped to its
current Christian Contemporary music format.
More recently, it was "His Radio", but at some point in 2013 it
changed over to the Joy FM network, consisting of a station in
Atlanta and a few others in Florida. That same year the station
began being heard on translator W241CB in Dothan on 96.1 MHz. It
transmits with 155 watts from a site south of Ross Clark Circle on
Twitchell Road, behind Midsouth Paving.
The station was taken off the air by Hurricane Michael, which hit
the area on 10 October 2018, but it was back on just a day later.
In July 2023 the station was granted a permit for an auxiliary
backup station, with a transmitter running 500 watts from a single
bay FM antenna on a short tower at their studios on AL-53 in
Dothan. That same month they also filed an application to move
the translator from Twitchell Road to this same short tower behind
the studio, with 99 watts.
In August 2023 the station's translator construction permit was
granted for the move to the tower behind the studios off AL-53 in