FM Technical Profile: WTUS-LP
- Station Name:
- Welcome 103.3
- Tourist Information,
view] On Jug Factory Road behind Walmart.
- Power (ERP):
- 47 watts
- Antenna HAAT:
- 143 feet
- 60 dBu protected
contour map, from the FCC.
- Tuscaloosa City Board
- This station's original
construction permit was issued in September of 2004. The station
signed on with a tourist information format and a license to cover was
filed in March of 2006. During the application process, two
other stations also applied for this frequency. The groups all
agreed to share time equally. The other two stations were WUAC-LP,
which aired a Christian rock format was was owned by a group called
Crucifest Ministries, and a Chinese Christian teaching station, WTCC-LP.
The Chinese ministry station never got off the ground; the
construction permit was canceled in October of 2007. WTUS-LP and
WUAC-LP wound up splitting time, with the tourist information station
running from 6am-6pm, and the Christian rock running 6pm-6am.
Crucifest Ministries gave up the license for WUAC-LP in December of
2014, leaving WTUS-LP alone to operate 24 hours a day. The
station was conceived and put on the air by the Tuscaloosa Convention
and Visitor's Bureau, which merged with the Tuscaloosa Sports
Commission in 2010 to become the Tuscaloosa Tourism And Sports
Commission, Inc. The station currently airs a tourist
information format, with events, shopping, dining and other local
information. When the station is not offering information, they
play smooth jazz music. In November 2015, the station applied to
transfer ownership from the Tourism commission to the Tuscaloosa City
Board of Education. That was granted in February, 2016. As
of May 2018, the station is reported to still be airing a mix of bland
jazz tunes and public service announcements, along with information on
things to do around the city of Tuscaloosa.