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City Coaling, Alabama
Broadcast area Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Branding 95.3 The Bear[1]
Slogan 'Bama's Best Country
Frequency 95.3 MHz
First air date 1987
Format Country
ERP 17,500 watts
HAAT 256 meters (840 feet)
Class C2
Facility ID 54797
Former callsigns WARF-FM (1/1987-4/1987)[2]
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa License, LLC)
Sister stations WTUG, WBEI, WNPT, WTSK, WTBC
Webcast Listen Live

WFFN (95.3 FM, "95.3 The Bear") is a radio station licensed to serve Coaling, Alabama, USA, and broadcasting to the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, area. The station is owned by Townsquare Media. It broadcasts a country music format.[1][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.[2] 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.


  1. ^ a b "Citadel moves country station from Jasper to Tuscaloosa". Birmingham Business Journal. July 14, 2005. 
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  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