FM Technical Profile: WTBF
- Station Name:
- True Oldies
of Elba Highway (AL-87), about 3/5ths of a mile, on the north side
of Carson Waters Road (CR-6).
- Power (ERP):
- 16.5 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 405 feet
- 60 dBu
protected contour map, from the FCC.
- :PS-WTBF FM Time-[?]
Text-WTBF... SERVING PIKE AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES
FOR OVER 50 YEARS PTY-[?] PI-*bad
Street View imagery of the WTBF and WTBF-FM studios on Highway 29 in
- Came on the air
November 7, 1997 as a MOR-influenced oldies station. Eventually
moved to ABC's "Pure Gold" with their good times, great fun type
oldies. Early in 2000 they moved to ABC's "Lite Rock 2000" format
with easier soft rock music. This station has a big band/standards
show on Sunday afternoons. According to a longtime station
employee, they are live for about 8 hours a day, with ABC's
Unforgettable Favorites satellite format the rest of the time. He
notes that, as he celebrated his 10th anniversary with
the station, WTBF itself has just turned 59 in 2006, with the same
owners the whole time. That's quite an accomplishment in this age of
consolidation and corporate ownership! Congratulations!
the standards format the station had been carrying went away in
February 2010, the station switched to Scott Shannon's True Oldies
feed. At some point the station moved from the AM site north
of Troy to a site south of town off Carson Waters Road. When
the True Oldies format went away at the end of June 2014, the
station picked up the Westwood One "Good Times Oldies" format, which
information historical information from a longtime station
- "On November 7,
1997, the FM signed on. The first program was "Thursday on the
Rocks," hosted by Russell Wells. The MOR/oldies format
continued and simulcasted the AM for about a year.
- Buddy Johnson
became sales manager in 1998, and moved the station into the
satellite- driven format in hopes of increasing business. The
Pure Gold format was a little too "rocky" for WTBF's 45+ crowd at
the time, but they stuck with it. Also during this era, Mutual
was sold to CBS. We became an ABC affiliate with the Pure Gold
- On January 17,
2000, we became a "Lite 2000" affiliate, which later became "Soft
Relaxing Favorites" and, more recently, "Unforgettable Favorites".
- AM 970
maintains its initial approach -- lots of community news and views,
talk shows, MOR music, gospel music on weekends, and a training
ground for college students who want to be disc jockeys. FM
94.7, licensed to Brundidge, airs about 8 hours per day of live
local programming, but the rest is devoted solely to Unforgettable
revenues have gone up every year the past four years, since WTBF
began carrying more sports and went to the beautiful music format
during the day. The community really supports the station and
likes the "mom and pop" aspect of it -- no Clear Channel or Cumulus
buyout is very likely in the future, and that's just fine by us."
- The building
that housed WTBF radio from 1947-1997 was bulldozed the last week of
March 2008 by Troy University, to make way for a new parking
lot. I guess the old Joni Mitchell record said it best ..
"don't know what you've got 'til it's gone".