FM Technical Profile: WTDR


Station Name:
Thunder 92.7
Frequency:
92.7
Format:
Classic Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] Southwest of Munford.  Just over a mile east of the AL-21 and CR-96 (McElderry Road) intersection, on the south side of the roadway.
Power (ERP):
2.6 kW
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
505 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[FCC]
[RECnet]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
[Facebook]
[Studio] Street View imagery of the station's studios on Barry Street in Oxford.
// W257CT Gadsden
// WTDR Gadsden
Owner:
Jeff Beck
History:
This station was put on the air by WEYY-AM in 1973, with the WHTB calls, 250 watts on 92.7 MHz and an automated AC format. The calls were changed to WEYY-FM when WEYY-AM's frequency moved to Oxford, AL in April of 1985.
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Now it gets interesting!
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The WHTB calls originally belonged to Talladega's first FM station, put on the air in 1953 (on 97.1 MHz) by WNUZ-AM. That FM frequency was possibly moved to Sylacauga, and the WHTB calls were adopted by this station, whose frequency (92.7) was moved from Birmingham to Talladega. Then WEYY-AM's frequency was moved to Oxford. A whole lotta movin' goin' on!
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The station changed calls to WTDR (ThunDeR) near the end of September 2000.  In January 2009 it was reported the music had shifted from contemporary to classic country.  Later they acquired a permit to raise antenna height, lower power, relocate the transmitter site to Mount Cheaha, while re-licensening to the town of Munford.  As far as known, this permit was never built out and it expired  in January of 2012.  Also in 2012 the station was sold by Jacobs Broadcasting to Jeff Beck, who owns WJBY and WGAD in Gadsden.  WGAD became WTDR in September 2012, making this now officially WTDR-FM.