WFBE FM 95.1 Flint

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Slogan/Positioner: B-95, Flint's Hit Country

Format: Country

Web site: www.b95.fm

E-mail: visit web site

Power/Height/Class: 50,000 watts / 243 feet / B, directional

Construction permit: 34,000 watts / 318 feet / B, directional

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More about station:

Call Sign History: WFBE

Call Sign Origin: Flint Board of Education

On Air Date: October 5, 1953

Owner: Cumulus Media

Telephone: (810) 720-9510

 

Notes/History:

  • 3/2011: Announced that Cumulus Media is merging/acquiring Citadel Broadcasting in a deal worth billions of dollars. The FCC approves the sale and it closes later in 2011.
  • 11/2008: Construction permit granted to modify broadcast facilities. The station's antenna will move slightly southeast from Flint to Burton and change effective radiated power from 50,000 watts @ 243 feet to 34,000 watts @ 318 feet above average terrain. The station's pattern will remain directional toward the north and west.
  • 2001: Plans to move tower to Otisville are scrapped after testing proves signal is weaker inside buildings in Flint
  • 2/24/2000: FCC approves sale of Rainbow Radio (Liggett Broadcasting) to Citadel
  • 10/6/1997: B-95 is born, a commercial station with Country music format. A long (5000 songs?) music marathon without commercial breaks begins for-profit operations.
  • 6/30/1997: Signs off as a public station using the same dedication program that aired on 9/30/53. It was owned by the Flint Board of Education, who could not afford to keep the station as a public outlet. The desirable commercial frequency was sold to Liggett Broadcasting.
  • 1971: Station expands programming day to 6am-midnight as funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is received.
  • 1970: Wins George Foster Peabody Award for the educational program "Listening/4" designed to improve the listening skills of students.
  • 9/30/1953: Station is launched with a dedication program and congratulatory messages. Regular programming started on the official sign-on date, 10/5/53. WFBE was assigned the commercial 95.1 frequency because Flint was in a fringe area for television reception- the strongest TV signal was WJIM-TV (now WLNS-TV) Channel 6 in Lansing. It was feared that placing a station in the non-commercial part of the dial would cause interfence with reception of Channel 6.

 


 

Transmitter location:

Genesee County

 


 

Const permit transmitter location:

Genesee County

 


 

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