AM Technical Profile: WTOF

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Frequency:
1110
Format:
Religious
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [street view] East of US-31/AL-59 in eastern Bay Minette, on S White Avenue/Nicholsville Street.
Power (ERP):
Day:  10 kW
Critical hours: 2,500  watts
Antenna:
Day: 1 tower, omnidirectional
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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[Wikipedia]
[Article] Gulf Coast News Today story about the Buddy Tucker stations in Mobile shutting down in November 2020.
Silent
History:
WBCA Bay Minette signed on in 1957 at 1150 kHz; Wikipedia lists ownership at this time as Southwest Alabama Broadcasting Company.   It was apparently later owned by prominent local politician James Faulkner.  The calls stand for "Wonderful Baldwin County Alabama".  The station received a power upgrade in 1967 to 10,000 watts, along with a move to the current 1110 kHz frequency.
 
James Faulkner went on to sit on the board of Faulkner University, to which this station was transferred in 1986.
 
The station has had a variety of formats over the years: country-oldies, easy listening, contemporary country and adult contemporary.  In 1998 it was sold to the owners of Atmore's WYDH; it then began simulcasting their "Eagle 105.9" country format, along with Robertsdale's AM station.  As part of this three way simulcast (trimulcast?) the station was a party to several more formats:  rhythmic oldies "Boss 1110 AM", classic country, southern gospelů In the summer of 2006 the station started simulcasting WABF Fairhope and their nostalgia format.
 
The station was acquired in 2006 by Buddy Tucker Associates, who runs WMOB Mobile.  A few days after Thanksgiving in 2006, the station changed calls to WTOF (Tower Of Faith) and picked up an all syndicated religious programming format. 

Buddy Tucker passed away in mid-December 2017; the stations he ran including this one were operated by his widow, Levaughn Tucker. 

The station had been reported off the air as of mid-November 2020; around that time it was also announced that the station, along with WMOB, would cease operations permanently due to Levaughn Tucker's advanced age and inability to see to day-to-day operations, as well as that of veteran station employee Debby Day.  A Silent Special Temporary Authority (STA) was not filed until February 2021, however.  The station returned to the air briefly in November 2021 to keep the license active.

In April 2022, it was announced that UM Enterprise, LLC (Dave Minard) would be acquiring WTOF And WMOB from Buddy Tucker Associates for just $100.