FM Technical Profile: WPFM
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- Station Name:
eye] North of Scotts Ferry Road east of McGill Road, near the
Youngstown community, at the Bay-Calhoun County Line. (CP)
- Power (ERP):
- 54 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 1266 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- AUX: 1.3 kW @
114 feet. 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Image of the K-Love RDS information as decoded in SDRUno on a
PC. From March 2019.
stream of 80's era WPFM can be found at this site.
- This station
has an interesting origin story in that it was put on the air by the
owners of the Captain Andersons restaurant in 1964. They owned
the rights to distribute Muzakô and used the station's SCA to send
it out. The main channel was completely automated. At
the start it was WMAI. It later changed to WPFM, and the
station went rock in the early 70's under the ownership of Bromo
Communications. By the 80's it was a pretty well entrenched top 40
under Barry Turner's ownership. They took a crack at alt. rock
in December 1993 but eventually moved back to top 40. In fact,
the next decade or so can be summed up as periods of top 40 mixed
with periods of rock. In 1997 they changed calls to WDRK as
"Rock 108", then as WLHR in the late 90's as "Hot 108". Since 2004
they were back to the old WPFM calls as "107-9 PFM" with top 40.
January 2013 the station received a permit to move to a taller tower
near the Bay/Blount County line. The power was cut by almost
half but the coverage area will shrink only very slightly, with most
of the loss of coverage in the Dothan area.
Powell Broadcasting announced in mid-September 2018 that they were
selling the station to K-Love parent Educational Media Foundation
for $472,000. The format is expected to flip to K-Love's
Contemporary Christian (CCM) format soon.
The station was
taken off the air by Hurricane Michael, which hit the area on 10
October 2018. Due to the catastrophic amount of damage that
was sustained at the Powell Broadcasting studios in Panama City, the
company announced it would cease broadcasting permanently in Panama
City, taking sister stations WKNK, WRBA and WASJ off the air for
good. In December 2018 the company announced the cluster had
been sold to Gulf Coast Broadcasting for $472,000.
This station came back on the air with K-Love's format in early