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WABN is an oldies and classic hits-formatted non-commercial radio station licensed to Abingdon, Virginia The station's signal serves the towns of Abingdon, Lebanon, both in Virginia, and the twin cities of Bristol in Virginia and in Tennessee WABN is owned and operated by Appalachian Educational Communication Corporation

WABN was launched on December 10, 1956 and has served the town of Abingdon for almost 60 years Beginning as WBBI, the station has carried various formats including Country music and Religious Over the years, the station aired programming from the Mutual Broadcasting System and later the NBC Radio Network

WABN has been sold several times, including once to Bristol Broadcasting Company, which owns stations in Bristol The station's current owner, Bristol, Tennessee-based Appalachian Educational Communication Corporation, purchased WABN on May 5, 2004 Since 2011, WABN has been simulcasting on an FM translator station to increase its broadcast area

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 11 Pre-launch
    • 12 WBBI era
    • 13 Present era
  • 2 Programming
  • 3 Translator
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

History

Pre-launch

The original application for WABN was filed on March 6, 1956[6] The principal owners listed on the application were Nelson T Barker and Lindy M Seamon[6] At the time of the filing, Seamon was the general manager and chief engineer at WRIC[6]

On their application, the pair estimated the construction costs of building the station at $19,904, with the first year operating costs at $20,000[6] First year revenue was estimated at $30,000[6] The application was approved by the Federal Communications Commission FCC on October 10, 1956[7][8] The new station was given the call sign WBBI during the first week of November 1956[9]

WBBI era

On December 10, 1956, WBBI took to the airwaves for the first time, operating at 250 watts day and night[4] At the time of its launch, it was owned by Burley Broadcasting Company,[4] which filed for a license to cover on January 9, 1957[10] This was approved on January 11[11]

In April 1957, WBBI was honored with two awards by the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association VAPBA[12] In the "Commentary" category, the station was awarded second place in the "Non-Metropolitan" division The station placed third in the "Sports" category in the "Non-Metropolitan" division[12] Burley Broadcasting Company transferred WBBI to Burley Broadcasting, Inc for $20,000 in late July 1957[13] Under the new company, original owners Nelson T Barker and Lindy M Seamon transferred 25% of their shares to their wives, Ethel and Frances, respectively[13] In April 1958, the station was again honored with a VAPBA award, this time for "Women's News"[14]

On January 26, 1959, WBBI was granted permission to change from an unlimited or 24-hour-a-day schedule to a daytime only schedule[15] The station would sign on at 6:00 am and sign off at 7:00 pm[15] The VAPBA presented the station with awards in the "State and Local News", "Farm", "Special Events", and "Women's News" categories on May 2, 1959[16] The station received VAPBA awards for "State and Local News", "Commentary", and "Women's News" in 1960[17][18]

On September 14, 1960, Burley Broadcasting applied to increase the station's daytime power to 1,000 watts, while keeping its nighttime power at 250 watts[19] The power increase was granted November 29, 1961[20] In May 1962, further VAPBA awards were presented to WBBI in the "Comprehensive News", "Commentary", "Sports", "Women's News", and "Farm" categories[21][22]

On December 10, 1966, 10 years to the day after WBBI launched, sister station WBBI-FM signed on[23] At the time, both WBBI and WBBI-FM were carrying a country format with programming from the Mutual Broadcasting System[23] On April 26, 1968, Nelson and Ethel Barker sold their shares of WBBI and WBBI-FM to co-owners Lindy and Frances Seamon for $30,000[24] The sale was granted on May 17, 1968[25]

Sister station WBBI-FM applied for the WABN-FM call sign in mid-March 1980[26] The application was granted in mid-May 1980[27] In July 1982, Burley Broadcasting began the process of selling WBBI and sister station WABN-FM to Southern Communications, Inc for $500,000[28] The sale was approved on September 24, 1982[29][30]

In 1984, WBBI dropped programming from the Mutual Broadcasting System in favor of programming from the NBC Radio Network[31] In mid-February 1987, Southern Communications agreed to sell WBBI, along with sister station WABN-FM, to Edwards and Sutherland Broadcasting Company for $466,200[32] The new company would be operated by Richard W Edwards and Craig Sutherland[32] At the time, Edwards also owned WDIC[32] The sale was granted in late April/early May[33][34]

Present era

Logo used until early 2013

On August 2, 1992, the station's call sign was changed from WBBI to the current WABN[3][35]

On October 17, 1995, WABN was placed in debtor in possession status by the FCC[36] Almost four years later, on November 11, 1999, WABN and WABN-FM were sold to Bristol Broadcasting Company for an unknown sum[37][38] Less than two years later, on July 5, 2001, Bristol Broadcasting Company donated WABN to the Abingdon Church of the Nazarene[39][40][41] Bristol Broadcasting Company retained its sister station, now under the WFHG-FM call sign[39]

On May 16, 2003, WABN was once again on the seller's block, this time to be sold to Living Faith Ministries, Inc for $50,000[42][43][44] The sale was not consummated and the Abingdon Church of the Nazarene retained ownership of the station[45]

The Abingdon Church of the Nazarene tried again, on April 26, 2004, to sell WABN[46] The Appalachian Educational Communication Corporation AECC, based in Bristol, Tennessee, agreed to purchase the station for $50,000[47][48] Director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, Kenneth C Hill, is the President and CEO of AECC[49] At the time of the sale, WABN was broadcasting a religious format[50] The sale was closed on May 5, 2004[51]

In 2009, WABN switched to its current Oldies and Classic Hits format[52] On September 27, 2011, WABN began simulcasting its signal onto translator station W277BT 1033, which is also licensed to Abingdon[53] WABN is operated as a non-commercial station[5] Today, WABN airs a mix of local information and sports, along with the Oldies and Classic Hits music[54][55]

Programming

WABN produces a local public service program called "Abingdon Talks", which airs on Sundays[54] The station broadcasts the entire schedule of Abingdon High School athletics live throughout the year[54]

Syndicated programs heard on WABN include Earth & Sky[56] and the Old Farmer's Almanac "Radio Report"[55][57] The station is an affiliate of the Virginia Market News Service, a division of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services[55][58] Mike Cox, a staff meteorologist at AECC, provides local weather forecasts on WABN twice an hour[59][60]

Translator

In addition to the main station, WABN is relayed by an FM broadcast translator to widen its broadcast area[61]

Call sign Frequency
MHz
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m ft
Class FCC info
W277BT 1033 Abingdon, Virginia 143217 190 watts 1106 m 363 ft D FCC

References

  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 PDF ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing Nederland, BV 2010 p D-559 Retrieved December 8, 2015mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  2. ^ "Arbitron Station Information Profiles" Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings Retrieved December 8, 2015
  3. ^ a b "Call Sign History" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved December 8, 2015
  4. ^ a b c "1957 Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc 1957 p 266 Retrieved August 7, 2013
  5. ^ a b "WABN Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved December 8, 2015
  6. ^ a b c d e "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc March 12, 1956 p 94 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  7. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc October 15, 1956 p 84 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  8. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc October 22, 1956 p 105 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  9. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc November 5, 1956 pp 105–6 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  10. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc January 14, 1957 p 123 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  11. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc January 21, 1957 p 112 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  12. ^ a b "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc April 8, 1957 p 147 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  13. ^ a b "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc July 29, 1957 p 107 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  14. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc April 14, 1958 p 86 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  15. ^ a b "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc February 9, 1959 p 159 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  16. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc May 4, 1959 p 82 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  17. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc April 25, 1960 p 90 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  18. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc April 25, 1960 p 91 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  19. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc September 19, 1960 p 105 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  20. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc December 4, 1961 p 128 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  21. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc May 7, 1962 p 82 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  22. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc May 7, 1962 p 83 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  23. ^ a b "1969 Broadcasting Yearbook" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc 1969 p B-176 Retrieved August 7, 2013
  24. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc May 6, 1968 p 100 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  25. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc May 27, 1968 p 76 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  26. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc March 31, 1980 p 92 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  27. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc May 19, 1980 p 94 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  28. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc July 12, 1982 p 68 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  29. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc October 18, 1982 p 69 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  30. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Sol Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc October 18, 1982 p 71 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  31. ^ "Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1984" PDF Lawrence B Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc 1984 p B-264 Retrieved August 7, 2013
  32. ^ a b c "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Lawrence B Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc March 2, 1987 p 78 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  33. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Lawrence B Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc May 18, 1987 p 102 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  34. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Lawrence B Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc May 18, 1987 p 103 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  35. ^ "Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1993" PDF Stanley Walker/Leigh Carol Yuster-Freeman/Reed Reference Publishing Company 1993 p B-369 Retrieved August 7, 2013
  36. ^ "Broadcasting Magazine" PDF Lawrence B Taishoff/Broadcasting Publications, Inc May 18, 1987 p 112 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  37. ^ "Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2001" PDF Bowker/Reed Elsevier, Inc 2001 p D-466 Retrieved August 7, 2013
  38. ^ "Assignment of License Authorization" Federal Communications Commission, audio division November 30, 1999 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  39. ^ a b "Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2002–2003" PDF Broadcasting & Cable/Reed Elsevier, Inc 2002 p D-466 Retrieved August 7, 2013
  40. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License" Federal Communications Commission, audio division May 18, 2001 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  41. ^ "Asset Transfer Agreement" Federal Communications Commission, audio division April 6, 2001 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  42. ^ "Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2003–2004" PDF Broadcasting & Cable/Reed Elsevier, Inc 2003 p D-491 Retrieved August 7, 2013
  43. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License" Federal Communications Commission, audio division April 4, 2003 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  44. ^ "WABN-AM Agreement" Federal Communications Commission, audio division January 10, 2003 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  45. ^ "Application Search Details – BAL-20030404AAJ" Federal Communications Commission, audio division May 16, 2003 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  46. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License" Federal Communications Commission, audio division October 10, 2003 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  47. ^ "Agreement to Purchase" Federal Communications Commission, audio division October 1, 2003 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  48. ^ "About WHCB" Appalachian Educational Communication Corporation Retrieved December 14, 2015
  49. ^ "Director Kenneth C Hill - TNGov" State of Tennessee/Tennessee Regulatory Authority Retrieved December 14, 2015
  50. ^ "Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2005" PDF Broadcasting & Cable/Reed Elsevier, Inc 2005 p D-530 Retrieved August 7, 2013
  51. ^ "Application Search Details – BAL-20031003ABA" Federal Communications Commission, audio division May 5, 2004 Retrieved December 8, 2015
  52. ^ "Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2009" PDF Broadcasting & Cable/ProQuest, LLC 2009 p D-555/556 Retrieved August 7, 2013
  53. ^ "Application For Renewal of Broadcast Station License" Federal Communications Commission, audio division September 27, 2011 Retrieved August 7, 2013
  54. ^ a b c "WABN 1230" Appalachian Educational Communication Corporation Retrieved December 14, 2015
  55. ^ a b c "Programming Links - WABN 1230" Appalachian Educational Communication Corporation Retrieved December 14, 2015
  56. ^ "PRX >> Series >> Earth & Sky 90-Second Radio Shows" Public Radio Exchange Retrieved December 14, 2015
  57. ^ "Radio Report - Old Farmer's Almanac" Yankee Publishing, Inc Retrieved December 14, 2015
  58. ^ "Market News-Broadcast Media Services" Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Retrieved December 14, 2015
  59. ^ "October 2, 2015 #TriCitiesWx Forecast" Tri-Cities Weather Blog October 2, 2015 Retrieved December 14, 2015
  60. ^ "About the Tri-Cities Weather Blog" Tri-Cities Weather Blog Retrieved December 14, 2015
  61. ^ "W277BT Facility Record" Federal Communications Commission, audio division Retrieved December 8, 2015

External links

  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WABN
  • Radio-Locator Information on WABN
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WABN
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for W277BT
  • Radio-Locator information on W277BT

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