WFRF (AM)

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WFRF
WFRF Faith Radio logo.png
City of license Tallahassee, Florida
Branding Faith Radio
Slogan "For a faith lift from Sunday to Sunday"
Frequency 1070 kHz
First air date August 1974
Format Religious
Language(s) English
Power 10,000 watts (day only)
Class D
Facility ID 70860
Transmitter coordinates 30°30′34″N 84°20′07″W / 30.50944°N 84.33528°W / 30.50944; -84.33528
Callsign meaning Faith Radio of Florida[1]
Former callsigns WANM (1974-1997)[2]
Owner Faith Radio Network, Inc.
Sister stations WFRF-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website faithradio.us

WFRF (1070 AM, "Faith Radio") is an American radio station licensed to serve Tallahassee, Florida, USA. The station, established as "WANM" in 1974, is currently owned and operated by Faith Radio Network, Inc. WFRF is licensed as a "daytimer", authorized to broadcast only from sunrise to sunset, to protect the signal of clear-channel station KNX in Los Angeles and adjacent WAPI in Birmingham.

Programming[edit]

WFRF broadcasts a religious radio format to the greater Tallahassee, Florida, area.[3] WFRF programming is a simulcast of sister station WFRF-FM (105.7 FM).[4][5] WFRF first began broadcasting this format on October 6, 1997.[1][6]

Notable national programs on WFRF include Adventures in Odyssey, Back to the Bible, Bible Reading with Max McLean, Focus on the Family, Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll, Joni and Friends with Joni Eareckson Tada, Let My People Think hosted by Ravi Zacharias, Love Worth Finding, plus My Money Life with Chuck Bentley.[7]

History[edit]

This station was founded as "WANM" by B.F.J. Timm as a 10,000 watt AM daytimer broadcasting on a frequency of 1070 kilohertz. Beginning regular broadcast operations in August 1974, the station aired an urban radio format for the African-American community in Tallahassee.[8] The call sign reflected the fact that Tallahassee is home to Florida A&M University. The station's broadcast license was held by WANM, Inc.[8]

Timm died on September 17, 1993, at the age of 70[9] and control of the station was passed to Bruce B. Timm and Jan B. Timm as the "co-personal representatives" of the estate of B.F.J. Timm. The FCC approved the transfer of control on November 16, 1993, and the transaction was formally consummated on December 23, 1993.[10] Three years later, on December 20, 1996, they transferred control of WANM, Inc., to Beth L. Timm.[11] During this period the station switched to a satellite-fed all-news radio format featuring CNN Radio.[1]

In August 1997, WANM, Inc., reached a deal with Faith Radio Network, Inc., to acquire WANM and its assets. The FCC approved the sale on September 14, 1997, and the transaction was formally consummated on September 30, 1997.[12] On October 6, 1997, the station flipped call signs to "WFRF" and began broadcasting a religious radio format branded as "Faith Radio".[1][2][6]

Outreach[edit]

Working with International Christian Ministries, Faith Radio raised money for a mission trip for its founders and more than a dozen WFRF listeners to help establish a Christian radio station in Kenya.[13] Imani Radio (88.8 FM) launched in May 2005 as one of just four Christian radio stations in Kenya.[14] ("Imani" means "faith" in the Swahili language.)[13][14] WFRF also raised funds to provide 2,500 solar-powered radios pre-tuned to Imani Radio for use in Kenyan villages, hospitals, and prisons.[13][14]

This last effort inspired to a new drive to provide solar-powered radios to prisoners in Florida's Big Bend region.[13] Starting with a single prison and 250 radios which prisoners could check out, as they would a book from a library, by 2009 the program had grown to more than 1200 radios in 8 prisons across the region.[13] These radios are tuned to receive only WFRF programming.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The History of Faith Radio". Faith Radio. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Third Gulf Coast Oyster FM getting gobbled up". Radio Business Report. June 29, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ownership Report For Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Station (BOS-20071106ACC)". Federal Communications Commission. November 6, 2007. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Kant-Rauch, Sharon (October 2, 2009). "Faith Radio celebrates 12th anniversary". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ "National Programs". Faith Radio. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Facilities of Radio: Directory of Radio Stations in the United States and Canada". Broadcasting Yearbook 1978. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1978. p. C-48. 
  9. ^ "Social Security Death Index". RootsWeb. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Application Search Details (BTC-19931013EF)". FCC Media Bureau. December 23, 1993. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Application Search Details (BTC-19961106GF)". FCC Media Bureau. December 20, 1996. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19970804EA)". FCC Media Bureau. September 30, 1997. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f Kant-Rauch, Sharon (October 3, 2009). "Faith Radio keeps hope alive". LexisNexis. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c "Radio Waves Across NW Kenya". International Christian Ministries. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 

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