FM Technical Profile: WPFM

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Station Name:
  Contemporary Christian
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] [bird's 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
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
AUX: 1.3 kW @ 114 feet. 60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
(artist/song) K-LOVE
(artist/song) K-LOVE
Adult Hits

More Information:
[Image] Image of the K-Love RDS information as decoded in SDRUno on a PC.  From March 2019.
[Tribute Site]
Interesting stream of 80's era WPFM can be found at this site.
Educational Media Foundation
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.
In 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 December 2018.