FM Technical Profile: WOWB
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- Station Name:
- Positive Music
view] West of the Castleberry community, on CR-6 in Conecuh
County. Co-located with WILF, licensed to Monroeville.
- Power (ERP):
- 100 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 502 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
PS-WOW 90.9 POSITIVE MUSIC WWW.WOWRADIO.ORG
Text-WOW 90.9 WOWB 877-496-9909 www.wowbradio.org and on
Street View of the studio on US-31 in Brewton.
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Radio Text and PI (call sign) fields.
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W266AL Pensacola, FL
// WBSR Pensacola, FL
- The history of
this frequency in Brewton predates the current facility. See
the history for WYJD
for more information.
This facility dates back to an original construction permit issued
in December of 1994 to Maranatha Ministries Foundation (John Mathis,
General Manager). Originally assigned the WGYJ-FM calls, the
owners struggled to fund the construction of the station and had to
request several extensions, yet the permit still lapsed in
1998. Maranatha was able to re-instate the permit that same
year, and finally got the station up and lumbering under its own
weight in October of 1998, now as WPHG-FM (We Proclaim His
Glory). Two years later, they sold the station for $3,500 to
Gateway Public Radio (Earl Thompson, President). At this time,
the station ran 40 kW from a site just north of the Country Club of
Brewton on US-31 and ran a southern gospel/Christian programming
Under the ownership of Gateway, the call letters changed in December
2000 to WEBJ (We Believe In Jesus?). The station received a
considerable boost in power in 2006, when Gateway relocated the
transmitter site to a location near Castleberry co-located with
WILF) and boosted power to 100 kW, directional. Gateway sold
the station in December 2008 to Agape Educational Media, Inc. A year
later, they changed the calls to WOWB and began marketing the
station as "Wow! 90.9".
In 2009, the station won a permit to relocate the transmitter site
to a spot halfway between I-65 and Flomaton on AL-113, co-located
with WPFL. If built, the facility would have massively
increased their coverage of the Pensacola and Baldwin County
regions, but it was never built and the permit eventually expired in
2012. Despite this setup, the station has long advertised
itself in the Pensacola market, despite being at best a rimshot that
is only really audible during favorable atmospheric
- The station has also tried to get into
the Mobile market without any success so far. Gateway Public
Radio applied for but never won a translator permit in Tillmans Corner
on 105.7 MHz. Agape acquired W214BW, a translator originally
located in Citronelle, in January 2016. Their plans to move it
to 90.9 MHz and relay the station have yet to come to fruition.
That translator is currently listed as relaying WLOG from
Markleysburg, Pennsylvania, and is located near Semmes. Its
operational status is unknown but the permit to relocate it was
cancelled in 2014.
The station received a permit to re-license to the city of Jay,
Florida in April 2017. No other technical changes
occurred. This move put the station, from a technical
standpoint, into the Pensacola radio market for the first time.
On 20 June 2017, the station began simulcasting on Pensacola's WBSR
(AM) and its translator on 101.1 MHz. WBSR previous carried ESPN
sports programming. This marks the first time WOWB had a "local"
signal in the Pensacola area.