AM Technical Profile: WSBM
view] Just south of Veterans Drive in Florence, off South
Chestnut Street, behind the station's studios.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Night: 1 kW
- 1 tower
Groundwave Service Contour from
the FCC's Public Files
Text display of W250BY on an Insignia HD radio
Street View imagery of the Big River Broadcasting house on Chestnut
Avenue in Florence; behind the station are some auxiliary antennas
and studio-to-transmitter dishes.
- // W250BY 97.9
MHz, Florence, Alabama
- Came on the air
in 1945. In the 50's was a Mutual broadcasting affiliate with
250 watts. This station was originally WJOI (some large-market
station paid dearly to buy the calls!) At one point was in also
WXOR. The calls changed to the now-current WSBM (Shoals Beautiful
Music) in November 1984.
- According to
the NAB, in 1985 the station was broadcasting in stereo with the
station has had an urban AC format as "Magic 1340", but in a May
2010 check, the station flipped to Fox Sports Radio. It is not
known if it is still broadcasting in stereo or not. On 2
January 2013 the station dropped Fox for CBS Sports Radio
affiliation. It was later dropped for Fox Sports Radio
(again.) The station has a translator. It was originally
on 98.5 but moved to 97.9 in 2014. The station is currently
known as "1340 The Ref".