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WMFC
City of license Monroeville, Alabama
Branding Timeless Classics
Frequency 1360 kHz
First air date April 1952
Format Adult Standards/Oldies
Power 780 watts (day only)
Class D
Facility ID 43352
Transmitter coordinates 31°30′51″N 87°17′55″W / 31.51417°N 87.29861°W / 31.51417; -87.29861
Callsign meaning Monroeville-Frisco City[1]
Affiliations Timeless (ABC Radio)
Owner Monroe Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Sister stations WMFC-FM
Website timelessfavorites.com

WMFC (1360 AM, "Timeless Classics") is a radio station licensed to serve Monroeville, Alabama, USA. The station, launched in 1952, is owned by Monroe Broadcasting Company, Inc., and managed by David Stewart.

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Programming

WMFC broadcasts an adult standards format with much of the programming fed from ABC Radio's "Timeless" satellite network.[2] In addition to its usual music programming, WMFC airs University of Alabama athletics events including Crimson Tide basketball and football.[3][4]

History

This station began broadcast operations in April 1952 with 250 watts of power at 1220 kHz on the AM band.[5] The station was assigned the WMFC call letters by the Federal Communications Commission.[6] Launched by the Monroe Broadcasting Company, Inc., the station was co-owned by Jimmy Faulkner and by William M. Stewart, publisher of the weekly Monroe Journal and South Alabamian newspaper.[7] In 1959, Stewart assumed sole ownership and operation of Monroe Broadcasting Company, Inc.[8]

In 1956, the station moved to its current 1360 kHz frequency and increased its broadcast power to 1,000 watts.[9][10] In November 1986, the FCC granted the station a construction permit to increase the height of its broadcast tower, reduce power to 800 watts, and relocate the transmitter site to just outside the city limits of Monroeville.[11]

WMFC's original broadcast studios were located in a Quonset hut near downtown Monroeville.[1] The station's current studios are in a brick building on Alabama State Route 21, just northeast of the city.[1]

WMFC has been owned continuously, in whole or in part, by the Stewart family since its 1952 launch. After station co-founder William M. Stewart died in early 1995, ownership of Monroe Broadcasting Company, Inc., including sister station WMFC-FM (99.3 FM), passed to his widow, Carolyn H. Stewart.[12] The AM/FM station combo is managed by their son, David Stewart, who has been involved with the station since first hosting a weekend radio show at age 10.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Hoffman, Roy (December 29, 2008). "Little man, big voice". Mobile Press-Register. http://www.al.com/news/press-register/metro.ssf?/base/news/1230545742314450.xml&coll=3.  
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. http://www.arbitron.com/radio_stations/station_information.htm.  
  3. ^ "Men's Basketball Radio Network". Rolltide.com - The Official Web Site of University of Alabama Athletics. http://www.rolltide.com/multimedia/m-baskbl-radio-network.html. Retrieved January 27, 2009.  
  4. ^ "Football Radio Network". Rolltide.com. http://www.rolltide.com/multimedia/footbl-radio-network.html. Retrieved January 27, 2009.  
  5. ^ "Directory of the AM and FM stations of the United States". 1953 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc.. 1953. p. 70.  
  6. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=43532&Callsign=WMFC.  
  7. ^ "Broadcast Stations Identified with Newspaper or Magazine Ownership". 1967 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc.. 1967. p. A-102.  
  8. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Radio stations in the U.S.". 1960 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc.. 1960. p. A-109.  
  9. ^ "AM History Profile: WMFC". Alabama Broadcast Media Page. http://bellsouthpwp2.net/c/r/crackedlcd/almediapage/profiles/wmfc.html.  
  10. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Stations and Market Data for the United States". 1957 Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook. Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc.. 1957. p. 50.  
  11. ^ "Application Search Details (BP-19860609AH)". FCC Media Bureau. November 21, 1986. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=89061.  
  12. ^ "Application Search Details (BTC-19950427GN)". FCC Media Bureau. May 19, 1995. http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=208541.  

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