AM Technical Profile: WTOT
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view] On Edgewood Drive in west Marianna, south of US-90.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Night: 340 watts
- 1 tower
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
From the Jackson County
Floridian on the storm damage to the radio station,
Street View imagery for the station's studio on US-90 in Marianna.
- Simulcast with
WTOT-FM, Graceville, FL.
Owned by Jackson Radio Group, LLC.
// W271DM Marianna, FL
- Appears to have been put on by J. Dige
Bishop (as The Chipola Corporation?) in September 1958, who started
several stations in Alabama.
- This station has had a troubled
recent history due to transmitter problems, and has been off the air
or running at low power. In 2008 the station ran into more
troubles when the general manager and part-owner of the station was
found dead (of natural causes) in his home.
- For years
the station carried Citadel's Timeless Standards satellite format,
but with that network shutting down, the owners opted to go with
Christian Contemporary music programming. Also going by the
wayside is the six day a week local R&B show hosted by local
musician Melvin “Smokehouse” Moore. The switch was scheduled
for the first of February 2010.
- Ownership of this station
was transferred from BRO Management, Inc. to Jackson Radio Group, LLC
in April 2015. The station had been off the air for most of 2015
but was reported on Wikipedia to be back on with an urban contemporary
format as of May 2015. A local report from April 2016 shows the
station to be silent (again?) More than likely it never came
back on at all; it was reported that a copper theft kept the station
off even after the current owners installed a new transmitter.
The station was reported to be finally back on the air as of January
2017, simulcasting the Westwood One "Good Time Oldies" format of
WTOT-FM. It didn't even made it a month before straight-line
winds from a line of thunderstorms broke the tower in half, taking the
AM and FM sister WJAQ off the air once again. The station was
back on the air (again) in mid-March.
The station was granted a construction permit for a new translator on
102.1 MHz in Marianna in early December 2018. That facility
filed a license to cover in December 2021, but it wasn't approved
until the end of January 2022 by the FCC for some reason.
In June of 2020, the station changed call sign to WTID. This
call sign had formerly been on a struggling lower powered FM station
in Thomaston, Alabama, and before that, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
In August 2020, the call sign changed back to WTOT.
Concurrently, the WTID call sign moved to WTOT-FM.