WWFF-FM

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For the radio station formerly in Fairhope, Alabama, known as WWFF, see WXQW.
WWFF-FM
WWFF-Journey933-Logo.JPG
City of license New Market, Alabama
Broadcast area Huntsville, Alabama
Branding Journey 93-3
Slogan "Totally 80s & 90s"
Frequency 93.3 MHz
First air date July 1, 1962 (as WJIG-FM)
Format 80s-90s Hits
ERP 14,500 watts
HAAT 278.5 meters (914 ft)
Class C1
Facility ID 65223
Transmitter coordinates 34°47′37″N 86°37′51″W / 34.79361°N 86.63083°W / 34.79361; -86.63083
Callsign meaning W WolF F (previous format)
Former callsigns WJIG-FM (1962-1973)
WBGY-FM (1973-1986)
WKQD (1986-1991)
WHVK (1991-1995)
WTZT (1/995-8/1995)
WPZM (1995-2000)
WXMR (2000-2002)
WUSX (2002-2003)
WHRP (2003-2007)[1]
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations WHRP, WUMP, WVNN, WVNN-FM, WZYP
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live via iHeartRadio
Website journey933.com

WWFF-FM (93.3 FM, "Journey 93-3") is an American radio station licensed to New Market, Alabama, and serving the Huntsville, Alabama, market.[2] The station is owned by Cumulus Media and its broadcast license is held by Cumulus Licensing LLC.

History[edit]

The station signed on originally as WJIG-FM in Tullahoma, Tennessee, in 1962 (simulcasting WJIG-AM). In 1987, the transmitter was moved to Elora, Tennessee, and the station began serving the Huntsville market.

The station has sported various formats over the years, including Disco (as "Boogie 93" WBGY-FM), CHR (as "The New Power 93 FM" WKQD), rock (as "93.3 The Ugly" WKQD), country (as "93.3 Huntsville's Country!" WHVK, "93.3 The Twister" WTZT, "93.3 The Possum" WPZM, "The New US 93 FM" WUSX, and "The New 93.3 The Wolf" WWFF-FM), and adult contemporary (as "Mix 93.3" WXMR). After an ownership change in 2003, it switched to a mainstream urban format (again called "The All New Power 93.3"), originally playing Hip Hop and R&B music as WHRP to compete with heritage urban WEUP-FM. Over the course of several months in late 2005, the station gradually shifted from Hip Hop and R&B to Urban Adult Contemporary as "The New 93.3 WHRP, The Adult Mix".

93.3 The Wolf logo, 2008-2011

On April 5, 2006, Cumulus acquired 94.1 WXQW, and it immediately began simulcasting WHRP. On December 21, 2007, 94.1 WXQW switched to the WHRP call letters,[3] and 93.3 was assigned WWFF-FM.[1] The new WHRP maintained the Urban AC format, and on January 12, 2008, WWFF-FM switched to country music as "93.3 The Wolf".

In 2008, the station's license was reassigned to New Market, Alabama, and the transmitter was again moved, this time to Drake Mountain in Huntsville.

Following three-and-a-half years of poor ratings as a country outlet, on August 31, 2011, WWFF began stunting with a "wheel of formats" that was predominantly classic country, oldies, CHR, smooth jazz, urban oldies, and urban AC, as well as playing news and history bits from Huntsville history. It also included a tribute to Michael Jackson and snippets of Casey Kasem describing the then-new Compact Disc technology from a 1980s American Top 40 show. At exactly 9:33 AM on the 2nd, the station began airing its new format as "Journey 93-3", with a three-minute introduction, and a short promo by Randy Jackson, former bass player for 1980s rock band Journey, followed by their song "Don't Stop Believin'". The format is promoted as a "journey" through 1980s and 1990s popular music, similar to other Journey-branded stations launched by Cumulus in Atlanta (W250BC) and Cincinnati (WNNF) earlier in the summer of 2011 (both have since changed formats).

WWFF-FM began airing all-Christmas music on November 16, 2012, at 5 PM, still using the "Journey" moniker. It switched back to its 80s/90s Hits format on December 26 at midnight.

Ownership[edit]

The station was originally owned by Jerry Newton (the brother of Wayne Newton) and started circa 1973. In 1987, the station became WKQD and moved the transmitter to Elora, Tennessee, which would cover the original city of license (Tullahoma, Tennessee) along with the Huntsville area. The Dunnavant family LMAed the station in 1991 and eventually purchased the station outright. On April 1, 2003, the then-WUSX was sold by Athens Broadcasting Co. (William E. Dunnavant, president) to Cumulus Broadcasting Inc. as part of a four station deal with a total sale price of $22 million in cash and Cumulus common stock.[4][5] The acquisition of the stations was completed in July 2003.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. 
  4. ^ "Cumulus Media Inc. Enters Huntsville, AL with Purchase of Four Stations". Business Wire (Atlanta, Georgia). April 1, 2003. "Cumulus Media Inc. (Nasdaq:CMLS) today announced it has signed an Acquisition Agreement to purchase stations from Athens Broadcasting Company, Inc. which owns WZYP-FM, WUSX-FM, WVNN-AM and WUMP-AM. The purchase price is $22 million and includes approximately $2.5 million of net working capital. The consideration for this transaction will consist entirely of Cumulus Media Class A common stock." 
  5. ^ BIA Financial Networks (April 21, 2003). "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. 
  6. ^ "Breaking News - July 24, 2003". FMQB. July 24, 2003. Retrieved January 2, 2008. "Cumulus has completed its acquisition of Nashville stations WSM and WWTN, and Huntsville, AL stations WZYP, WUSX, WVNN and WUMP from Athens Broadcasting." 

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