WTOF

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WTOF
City Bay Minette, Alabama
Branding Tower of Faith
Frequency 1110 AM (kHz)
First air date April 16, 1957
Format Christian
Power 10,000 watts (day)
2,500 watts (critical hours)
Class D
Facility ID 24653
Transmitter coordinates 30°52′10″N 87°46′09″W / 30.86944°N 87.76917°W / 30.86944; -87.76917
Callsign meaning Tower Of Faith
Former callsigns WBCA (1957-2006)[1]
Owner Buddy Tucker Association, Inc.
Sister stations WMOB, WYND
Website Buddy Tucker Association, Inc.

WTOF (1110 AM, "Tower of Faith") is an American radio station licensed to serve Bay Minette, Alabama. The station is owned by Buddy Tucker Association, Inc. It airs a Christian radio format including syndicated Christian talk and Christian ministry plus Southern Gospel music.[2][3]

History[edit]

The beginning[edit]

This station first began licensed broadcasting on April 16, 1957, under the ownership of the Southwest Alabama Broadcasting Company.[4] The 1,000 watt daytime-only station broadcast on a frequency of 1150 kHz using the callsign WBCA.[4] Faulkner Radio Inc. acquired the station in December 1958.[5] The WBCA callsign was said to stand for "Wonderful Baldwin County Alabama".[3]

In 1967, the Federal Communications Commission granted the station a construction permit to change frequencies to the current 1110 kHz and increase broadcast power to 10,000 watts.[6]

In March 1986, after nearly three decades of continuous ownership, Faulkner Radio Inc., reached an agreement to transfer the broadcast license for WBCA to Faulkner University. The deal was approved by the FCC on April 2, 1986, and the transaction was consummated on August 4, 1986.[7] In March 1987, Faulkner University agreed to transfer the broadcast license for this station to Faulkner-Phillips Media, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on April 15, 1987, and the transaction was consummated on May 22, 1987.[8]

The 1990s[edit]

In May 1990, Faulkner-Phillips Media, Inc., contracted to sell this station to Lake Area Radio, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on May 10, 1990, and the transaction was consummated on May 22, 1990.[9] In August 1990, Lake Area Radio, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to Gordon F. Earls Radio, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on September 27, 1990, and the transaction was consummated on October 5, 1990.[10]

In October 1994, Gordon F. Earls Radio, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to Gaston Monroe. The deal was approved by the FCC on December 5, 1994, and the transaction was consummated on January 6, 1995.[11]

In April 1998, Gaston Monroe agreed to sell this station to Southern Media Communications, Inc., for a reported sale price of $91,200.[12] The deal was approved by the FCC on June 1, 1998, and the transaction was consummated on July 22, 1998.[13]

In March 2006, Southern Media Communications, Inc., made a deal to sell this station to Gulf Coast Broadcasting, Inc., as part of a three-station deal valued at $550,001.[14] The deal was approved by the FCC on October 18, 2006, but the transaction was never consummated and the stations stayed with Southern Media Communications.[15]

The present[edit]

In November 2006, Southern Media Communications, Inc., then agreed to sell this station to Buddy Tucker Association, Inc., for a reported sale price of $300,000.[16] The deal was approved by the FCC on January 6, 2007, and the transaction was consummated on January 11, 2007.[17]

In anticipation of the sale, the station was assigned the current WTOF call letters by the FCC on November 28, 2006.[1] The WTOF call letters were previously used by a similarly-formatted religious radio station in Canton, Ohio.[18] That station also used the "Tower of Faith" branding.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "AM History Profile: WTOF". Alabama Broadcast Media Page. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Directory of AM and FM Radio Stations in the U.S.". 1958 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1958. p. A-235. 
  5. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Radio stations in the U.S.". 1965 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1965. p. B-4. 
  6. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Radio stations in the U.S.". 1967 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1967. p. B-4. 
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19860314FH)". FCC Media Bureau. August 4, 1986. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19870302GH)". FCC Media Bureau. May 22, 1987. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19900417EA)". FCC Media Bureau. May 22, 1990. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19900815EA)". FCC Media Bureau. October 5, 1990. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19940930EB)". FCC Media Bureau. January 6, 1995. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Deals - 6/1/1998". Broadcasting & Cable. June 1, 1998. 
  13. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19980416GK)". FCC Media Bureau. July 22, 1998. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Deals - 2006-04-08". Broadcasting & Cable. April 8, 2006. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20060323ADV)". FCC Media Bureau. October 18, 2006. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Deals - 2006-12-16". Broadcasting & Cable. December 16, 2006. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20061120AHR)". FCC Media Bureau. January 11, 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  18. ^ "WTOF Returns-To Alabama". Cleveland Classic Media. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Call Letter Origins: The List". Old Radio Broadcast Archive. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 

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