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CityRipley, Tennessee
Frequency1570 kHz
BrandingMusic Country
Slogan"Today's Hot New Country And Your Favorite Hits"
OwnerWTRB, Inc.
(Palmer Johnson)
Sister stationsWJPJ
Technical information
Facility ID36689
Power1,000 watts (day)
53 watts (night)
Translator(s)104.9 MHz (W285FL)

WTRB (1570 AM, "Music Country") is an American radio station licensed to serve Ripley, Tennessee in Lauderdale county. The station is presently owned by WTRB, Inc. (Palmer Johnson, President) It airs a country music format.[1]

The station went on the air December 11, 1954 and was assigned the "WTRB" call sign by the Federal Communications Commission.[2]


In March 1959, WTRB made national headlines when James W. Porter purchased fifteen minutes of air time on the station. Porter began his broadcast by shattering several records then leaving the station silent for the rest of the fifteen minutes after proposing a "National Can the Racket League" as a protest against rock'n'roll music.[3]

Don Paris:

Don Paris started with WTRB when the station began broadcasting in 1954. Mr Paris had been the station manager until retiring in 2007 due to health reasons. Don Paris still resides in Ripley with his wife Ann.


In September 2004, West Tennessee Regional Broadcasting Inc. (Phillip Ennis, president) announced that they had reached an agreement to acquire WTRB from Williams Communications Inc. (Walton E. Williams Jr., president/director) for a reported sale price of $265,000.[4] In August 2009 West Tennessee Regional Broadcasting reached an agreement to sell WTRB to Palmer Johnson, a Contract Broadcast Engineer from Kennett, MO.


  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Archived from the original on March 1, 2010.
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau.
  3. ^ "Rock'n'Roll Critic Offers 15 Minutes Of Radio Silence". Bennington Evening Banner. 1959-03-20. James W. Porter began his quarter-hour on Station WTRB by shattering several records and then proposing a "National Can the Racket League." Announced Porter: "Friends, are you tense, nervous, jittery? Chances are you are overturned. You may have tried other stations without success, but now we offer you an amazing new silence." Thirteen minutes of silence followed except for two breaks to reassure listeners their radios didn't need repair. John Stewart, WTRB manager, said telephone callers were 100 per cent against the silence.
  4. ^ "Changing Hands - 9/27/2004". Broadcasting & Cable. 2004-09-27.

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