FM Technical Profile: WXBM

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Station Name:
Your Country Station WXBM

Frequency:
102.7

Format:
Contemporary Country

Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] South of Patterson Road, south of I-10 exit 53.  Co-located with WPMI-DT, WSRE-DT, WDPM-DT and WMPV-DT; FM stations WMEZ, WRGV and WTKX.

AUX
:
[map] [street view] West of Gonzalez, Florida, near the intersection of Muscogee Road, Jack Branch Road and CR-97.

Power (ERP):
100,000 watts

Antenna:
Omnidirectional

Antenna HAAT:
1601 feet

Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.

:

PS-
WXBM FM
Time-Present
Text-
Gulf Coast Country - 102.7 WXBM

PTY-
Country
PI-
WXBM-FM

AUX:
33.6 kW @ 528 feet HAAT. 60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.


More Information:
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[Picture] Image showing the RDS text decoded by a Sony Bluetooth portable headset, showing the Radio Text field.

[Studio] Historical Street View imagery of the station's old studios on Quintette Road north of Milton. From April 2011.

[Studio] Street View imagery of the Cumulus Pensacola stations' studios off Marcus Pointe Boulevard in the Brent community.
Owner:
Cumulus

History:
This station dates back to an original construction permit filed by Mapoles Broadcasting (H. Byrd Mapoles) for a new FM station on 103.5 MHz, at a power of 3.03 kW at a height above average terrain (HAAT) of 147 feet, transmitting from the co-owned WEBY AM tower site on Printer's Alley off Ward Basin Road in Milton, Florida.  Prior to the FCC grant, Mapoles amended the application to specify 102.3 MHz at 3 kW, using a Gates FM-1C transmitter feeding a Jampro JA-4A four section FM antenna.  That facility was granted in January 1964.  In April 1964 the application was again amended, this time to swap the Jampro antenna for a Gates FMA-4 four section antenna.  A few months later they also added a request to operate a Secondary Communications Authorization (SCA) of 67 kHz.  A license to cover for the station was filed in September 1964.  From the beginning, the station has had some form of Country music as a format.

There was an attempt to transfer the license to Lawrence Hankins Locklin in 1968, but it sat around the FCC until the fall of 1972 when it was dismissed.

In September 1974 the station was granted a construction permit to change to 102.7 MHz, and boost power to 100 kW using a Collins 831-G1B transmitter feeding a Collins 37CO-10 ten section FM antenna at a HAAT of 500 feet, from a site approximately four miles northwest of Pace, off Quintette Road (CR-184).  A license to cover for this change was filed in February 1975.  A few months later in July, they were granted the right to a dual city of license identification of "Milton-Pensacola".    That same month they also filed to employ an auxiliary backup site using the old Gates transmitter and antenna combo.  It's worth noting that around the time of this upgrade, Mapoles actually lost the license to their AM counterpart WEBY due to violations of the equal time provisions in the FCC rule book.

In early 1986 the station was granted a permit to move to one of the newly built tall towers in rural Baldwin County, Alabama, for improved coverage of both Pensacola and Mobile markets.  With 100 kW at 1329 feet HAAT, the station's coverage area would be greatly expanded.  A license to cover for this improvement was granted in May 1986. 

The station was sold to June Broadcasting in 1992 for $4.5 million. In 1998, the station was sold again, this time to Atlanta-based Patterson Broadcasting.  It was at this time that a flurry of sales would affect the station, as part of a wider trend in radio broadcasting towards rapid ownership consolidation.  Before the ink on the contract had a chance to dry, Patterson was snapped up by Capstar; they in turn were bought by Chancellor in 1999, who in turn changed their name to AMFM.  In October 1999 AMFM was bought by Clear Channel Communications.  Due to exceeding market ownership caps set by the FCC, Clear Channel was forced to put both this station and its new sister WMEZ into a trust to be sold off to a third party buyer.  That buyer was Pamal Broadcasting of New York who got the stations in 2001.  (The name on the license, Albany Broadcasting, refers to Pamal's home town.)

From the mid-90's onward, the station has been a market leader in Pensacola, either in ratings or billing. 
 
In May 2012 it was announced that longtime owner Pamal had agreed to sell their Pensacola cluster, WXBM and WMEZ, to Cumulus.  These were the last stations Pamal owned in Florida and marked their exit from the state.  Under Cumulus' ownership, the stations slowly lost their local flavor and their (then unusual) trend of being staffed live and local through the majority of the day.
 
As part of a nationwide marketing push, Cumulus flipped WXBM to their Nash FM branding on 3 February 2014. After a short time, the local hosts were mostly let go.

In March 2020, the station reverted to just using its call letters, with the slogan, "Your Country Station".