WFRF-FM

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WFRF-FM
WFRF Faith Radio logo.png
Broadcast areaTallahassee, Florida
Frequency105.7 MHz
BrandingFaith Radio
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatReligious
Ownership
OwnerFaith Radio Network, Inc.
WFRF
History
First air date
1989
Former call signs
WJPH (1988-1997)
WTAL-FM (1997-1999)
WVHT (1999-2004)[1]
Call sign meaning
Faith Radio of Florida[2]
Technical information
Facility ID71405
ClassC3
ERP16,000 watts
HAAT125 meters (410 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
30°23′08″N 83°50′05″W / 30.38556°N 83.83472°W / 30.38556; -83.83472
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitefaithradio.us

WFRF-FM (105.7 FM, "Faith Radio") is an American non-commercial educational radio station in Florida, United States. The station, established in 1989 as WJPH, is currently owned and operated by Faith Radio Network, Inc. Its studios are located in unincorporated Leon County, Florida, near Tallahassee,[3] close to Lake Jackson and its transmitter is based in Jefferson County, Florida.

Programming

WFRF-FM broadcasts a religious radio format to the greater Tallahassee, Florida, area.[4] WFRF-FM programming is simulcast 24 hours a day on WFRU (90.1 FM).[5][6] Notable national programs on WFRF-FM include Adventures in Odyssey, Bible Reading with Max McLean, Focus on the Family, Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll, Joni and Friends with Joni Eareckson Tada, Love Worth Finding, My Money Life with Chuck Bentley, plus Unshackled! by the Pacific Garden Mission.[7][8]

History

Launch

Hyden Broadcasting Company filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in September 1987 for a new FM radio station to serve the community of Monticello, Florida.[9] The new station would broadcast with 3,000 watts of effective radiated power on a frequency of 101.9 megahertz from an antenna 76 meters (249 ft) in height above average terrain.[10] The FCC accepted this application for filing on April 27, 1988, and granted a construction permit on July 12, 1988, with a scheduled expiration date of January 12, 1990.[10]

WJPH era

The new station was assigned its original call sign, "WJPH", by the FCC on August 4, 1988.[1] In October 1989, the completed station applied for its broadcast license. The FCC granted this license on November 21, 1990.[11] Almost one year later, on November 12, 1991, the FCC authorized the station to double its effective radiated power to 6,000 watts.[12]

In March 1992, license holder Hyden Broadcasting Company reached an agreement to transfer the license and assets of WJPH to Mayflower Broadcasting Corporation of Chicago, Illinois. On April 17, 1992, the station reported the involuntary transfer of control of Hyden Broadcasting from Jack P. Hyden Jr. to Opal R. Raines.[13] The FCC approved the license transfer to Mayflower Broadcasting on May 7, 1992, and the transaction was formally consummated on June 8, 1992.[14] Mayflower Broadcasting soon after became Webster Broadcasting.

The new owners applied to the FCC to increase the station's effective radiated power to 25,000 watts and relocate the broadcast transmitter to a new site on Old Pinhook Road in Wacissa, Florida, in June 1993. The FCC accepted the application for filing on July 14, 1993 and granted the new construction permit on March 3, 1994.[15] In the meantime, Webster Broadcasting owner Charles R. Webster died on July 1, 1993, and control of the station passed to Mary S. Webster as the executor of his estate.[16] She immediately reached an agreement to transfer WJPH's license and assets to PCG of Tallahassee, Inc. An informal objection was filed by W.W. Gunnels, Jr., in August 1993 but denied in January 1994. The FCC approved the transfer on August 12, 1994, and the deal was apparently consummated on January 10, 1995.[17]

The construction permit to build the new 25,000 watts transmitter site was scheduled to expire on September 3, 1995.[15] When construction was not completed and in light of later filings by new owners, the permit was cancelled by the FCC.[15] In November 1995, a new agreement for WJPH was reached with Rebus, Inc., to take control of the broadcast license. The FCC approved this deal on February 26, 1996, and the transaction formally consummated on April 3, 1996.[18]

While the sale was in progress, the license holder applied to the FCC to change WJPH's broadcast power, antenna height and location, and support structure, along with switching from a directional antenna to a non-directional antenna. Driving these changes was a requested shift in frequency from 101.9 to 105.7 MHz. The FCC granted a construction permit for these changes on September 16, 1996, with a scheduled expiration date of March 16, 1998.[19]

WTAL-FM years

With construction underway, Rebus, Inc., made a deal to transfer WJPH to Monti Radio, LLC. The FCC approved this transfer on January 22, 1997, and the deal was consummated on February 1, 1997.[20] The new owners had the station's call sign changed to "WTAL-FM" on February 27, 1997. WTAL-FM began broadcasting on 105.7 MHz in March 1997 under program test authority and the station received its new broadcast license on April 30, 1998.[21]

Monti Radio announced in December 1998 its intention to transfer WTAL-FM to W.W. & Nia, LLC. The FCC granted this request, with conditions, on February 19, 1999, and the transaction was consummated on April 22, 1999.[22]

WVHT era

The FCC assigned new call sign "WVHT" to the station on May 19, 1999, at the request of the new owners. This ownership would prove short-lived as W.W. & Nia, LLC, filed an application with the FCC in January 2000 to transfer WVHT to Wilson Broadcasting, Inc., of Alabama. The transfer was approved on January 21, 2000, and the transaction consummated on February 2, 2000.[23] WVHT broadcast an urban contemporary music format with a "Hot 105.7" branding.[24]

WFRF-FM today

In October 2003, Wilson Broadcasting contracted to sell WVHT and all of its assets (except the station's 1996 Chevy Astro van) to Faith Radio Network, Inc., for $800,000 in cash.[24][25][26] As of that filing, Faith Radio Network was owned in equal share by president Scott Biegle, vice-president Brenda Biegle, treasurer Herbert Shepherd, and corporation secretary Lola Shepherd. The FCC approved the deal on January 26, 2004, and the deal was consummated on February 5, 2004.[25] At the new owner's request, the FCC changed the station's call sign to "WFRF-FM" on February 5, 2004, to match Faith Radio Network's other broadcast property, WFRF (1070 AM).[1]

WFRF-FM began regular 24-hour broadcasting on February 17, 2004.[2] In February 2004, WFRF-FM applied for a main studio waiver to allow it to broadcast from outside its city of license and farther than 25 miles from the center of that city.[27] In August 2004, the station applied to convert its broadcast license from commercial broadcasting to a non-commercial educational license.[28] The FCC granted both requests on November 2, 2004.[27][28]

In August 2007, Faith Radio Network entered into a time brokerage agreement to operate WFRU (90.1 FM) with an option to purchase it from license holder Okaloosa Public Radio, Inc.[5]

As of October 2012, WFRU is now owned by Faith Radio Network, Inc. (Info taken from fccdata.org)

FM satellite stations

WFRF-FM operates four full-power satellite stations across northern Florida and southern Georgia[29]

Broadcast translators of WFRF-FM
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info Notes
WZFR 104.5 Eastpoint, Florida 183319 11,500 147 m (482 ft) C3 29°43′58″N 84°53′24″W / 29.73278°N 84.89000°W / 29.73278; -84.89000 FCC LMS Formerly WOYY (Feb–Sep 2010)
WOLR 91.3 Lake City, Florida 73398 18,000 87.57 m (287.3 ft) C3 29°43′58″N 84°53′24″W / 29.73278°N 84.89000°W / 29.73278; -84.89000 FCC LMS
WBGP 91.3 Moultrie, Georgia 172461 5,500 100.1 m (328 ft) A 31°12′55″N 83°47′13″W / 31.21528°N 83.78694°W / 31.21528; -83.78694 FCC LMS
WFRU 90.1 Quincy, Florida 85909 32,000 100 m (330 ft) C2 30°42′23″N 84°37′39″W / 30.70639°N 84.62750°W / 30.70639; -84.62750 FCC LMS

Outreach

Working with International Christian Ministries, Faith Radio raised money for a mission trip for its founders and more than a dozen WFRF listeners to help establish a Christian radio station in Kenya.[30] Imani Radio (88.8 FM) launched in May 2005 as one of just four Christian radio stations in Kenya.[31] ("Imani" means "faith" in the Swahili language.)[30][31]

Faith Radio also raised funds to provide 2,500 solar-powered radios pre-tuned to Imani Radio for use in Kenyan villages, hospitals, and prisons.[30][31] This last effort inspired to a new drive to provide solar-powered radios to prisoners in Florida's Big Bend region.[30] Starting with a single prison and 250 radios that prisoners could check out, as they would a book from a library, by 2009 the program had grown to more than 1200 radios in 8 prisons across the region.[30] These radios are tuned to receive only WFRF/WFRF-FM programming.[30]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "The History of Faith Radio". Faith Radio. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  3. ^ "FAITH RADIO INFORMATION". Faith Radio. Retrieved 2022-05-17. Physical Address Faith Radio Network, Inc. 4015 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32303 - Compare the address to the GIS viewer
  4. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Ownership Report For Noncommercial Educational Broadcast Station (BOS-20071106ACC)". Federal Communications Commission. November 6, 2007. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  6. ^ "Third Gulf Coast Oyster FM getting gobbled up". Radio Business Report. June 29, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  7. ^ "National Programs". Faith Radio. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  8. ^ Kant-Rauch, Sharon (October 2, 2009). "Faith Radio celebrates 12th anniversary". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  9. ^ "Directory of Radio Stations in the United States and Canada". Broadcasting/Cable Yearbook 1989. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1989. p. B-65.
  10. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BPH-19870918MH)". FCC Media Bureau. July 12, 1988. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  11. ^ "Application Search Details (BLH-19891010KF)". FCC Media Bureau. November 21, 1990. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  12. ^ "Application Search Details (BMLH-19910319KE)". FCC Media Bureau. November 12, 1991. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  13. ^ "Application Search Details (BTCH-19920417GY)". FCC Media Bureau. May 7, 1992. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  14. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-19920324HE)". FCC Media Bureau. June 8, 1992. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
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  16. ^ "Application Search Details (BTCH-19930702GH)". FCC Media Bureau. July 23, 1993. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
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  23. ^ "Application Search Details (BALH-20000110AAR)". FCC Media Bureau. February 22, 2000. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  24. ^ a b "Changing Hands (11/2/2003)". Broadcasting & Cable. November 2, 2003. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  25. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BALH-20031001CBN)". FCC Media Bureau. February 5, 2004. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  26. ^ "Asset Purchase Agreement" (PDF). FCC Media Bureau. October 1, 2003. Retrieved March 5, 2011. (scroll down and click the "APA" link)
  27. ^ a b "Application Search Details (20040211ABY)". FCC Media Bureau. November 2, 2004. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  28. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BMLED-20040813AAT)". FCC Media Bureau. November 2, 2004. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  29. ^ "Faith Radio Network Stations". Faith Radio. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
  30. ^ a b c d e f Kant-Rauch, Sharon (October 3, 2009). "Faith Radio keeps hope alive". LexisNexis. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  31. ^ a b c "Radio Waves Across NW Kenya". International Christian Ministries. Retrieved March 5, 2011.

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