AM Technical Profile: WTYS
view] South of downtown on FL-73 (S Jefferson Street),
southbound just before Kent Drive. Co-located with WTYS-FM.
- Power (ERP):
- Day/night: 540
- 1 tower
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
Street View imagery of the station's studio on Jefferson Street in
- Co-owned with
WTYS-FM by Jimmy Adams
- This station dates back
to an original construction permit issued to John H. Phipps in the
summer of 1947, for a new 250 watt fulltime station on 1340 kHz with the
initial calls of WFLR. The station came on the air in May 1948
as WTYS. The transmitter site was originally a mile out of
Marianna on US-90, while the studios were at the corner of Caledonia
and Lafayette Streets in Marianna. (They may have moved to a site a
half-mile east of Marianna near the Chipola River before the station
signed on. It's unclear.) The original transmitter was a RCA
Was a Mutual station with 250 watts in
1957 according to the Radio Annual. The station was sold to Jack
Howard Mann in 1959, who in turn sold it to James W. Tate in
1960. In 1961 the station boosted its daytime power to 1 kW
while staying 250 watts at night, with an RCA BTA 1R. In 1967,
the studios and transmitter relocated to the site they're at today,
south of downtown Marianna on FL-73 (Jefferson Street).
In 1974, the license was transferred to The Jackson Broadcasting
Corporation. At that time, the format was Country, although by
the 80's, it had become more diversified, with a mix of Country, Black
programming and Adult Contemporary. The license was transferred
to Marianna Radio in 1983. The station went into receivership in
1986, under William F. Dunkle, III.
By 1990, the station appears to have had a mix of Adult Contemporary
and Oldies music. The
station spawned WTYS-FM in 1991. At the end of the
decade, it was doing a News/Talk format and under the ownership of
In the 2000's, the station had a stint doing Oldies again, but by 2005
it was Classic Country.
was knocked off the air by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.