WFFN

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WFFN
WFFN.jpg
CityCoaling, Alabama
Broadcast areaTuscaloosa, Alabama
Branding95.3 The Bear
Slogan'Bama's Best New Country
Frequency95.3 MHz
First air date1987
FormatCountry
ERP17,500 watts
HAAT256 meters (840 feet)
ClassC2
Facility ID54797
Former callsignsWARF-FM (1/1987-4/1987)[1]
OwnerTownsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa License, LLC)
Sister stationsWQRR, WTBC, WTID, WTSK, WTUG-FM
WebcastListen Live
Website953thebear.com

WFFN (95.3 FM, "95.3 The Bear") is a radio station licensed to serve Coaling, Alabama, United States, and broadcasting to the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, area. The station is owned by Townsquare Media. It broadcasts a country music format.[2][3] It is the flagship station of Alabama Crimson Tide football and men's basketball.

The station was assigned the WFFN call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on April 15, 1987.[1] The station changed its city of license from Cordova, Alabama, to Coaling, Alabama, in late 2005.[4]

In June 2004, New Century Radio (Vachel L. Posey Jr., president) reached an agreement to transfer WFFN to Apex Broadcasting Inc. (Houston L. Pearce, chairman) in consideration of the costs to build the facilities related to the then-upcoming change in the community of license.[5] The deal was approved by the FCC on June 24, 2004, and the transaction was consummated on June 30, 2004.[6] At the time of the sale, the station broadcast an oldies music format.

In February 2005, Apex Broadcasting Inc. (Houston L. Pearce, chairman) reached an agreement to sell WFFN and six other radio stations in Alabama to Citadel Broadcasting Company (Farid Suleman, chairman/CEO) for a reported sale price of $29 million.[7] At the time of the sale, the station broadcast an oldies music format. Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[8]

Cumulus sold WFFN and its sister stations to Townsquare Media effective July 31, 2012.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
  2. ^ "Citadel moves country station from Jasper to Tuscaloosa". Birmingham Business Journal. July 14, 2005.
  3. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BLH-20050603ABJ )". FCC Media Bureau. 2005-10-11.
  5. ^ "Changing Hands - 10/18/2004". Broadcasting & Cable. 2004-10-18.
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-20040607AEG)". FCC Media Bureau. 2004-06-30.
  7. ^ "Deals - 2/21/2005". Broadcasting & Cable. 2005-02-21.
  8. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.

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Coordinates: 33°03′14″N 87°32′56″W / 33.054°N 87.549°W / 33.054; -87.549