WPFM
CityPanama City, Florida
Broadcast areaPanama City, Florida
Frequency107.9 MHz
BrandingK-LOVE
Programming
FormatContemporary Christian
Ownership
OwnerEducational Media Foundation
History
First air date
September 4, 1964[1]
Former call signs
WDJJ (1964)
WMAI-FM (1965–1973)
WPFM (1973–1997)
WDRK (1997–1998)
WLHR (1998–2004)
WPFM-FM (2004–2014)
Technical information
Facility ID42372
ClassC1
ERP54,000 watts
HAAT386 meters (1,266 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
30°25′59″N 85°24′51″W / 30.43306°N 85.41417°W / 30.43306; -85.41417Coordinates: 30°25′59″N 85°24′51″W / 30.43306°N 85.41417°W / 30.43306; -85.41417
Links
Websitehttp://www.klove.com

WPFM, branded as "K-Love" is a commercial radio station located in Panama City, Florida, licensed to broadcast on 107.9 FM. WPFM is owned and operated by Educational Media Foundation and formerly aired a Rhythmic Top 40 music format branded as "Hot 107.9".[2]

History

The station signed on September 4, 1964[1] as WMAI-FM; the station had initially been issued the call sign WDJJ, but changed to WMAI-FM upon launch. At the time, it was affiliated with WBVI-TV, the predecessor of WMBB.[1] It became WPFM on May 15, 1973,[3] playing a beautiful music format until 1978. In 1978, the format was changed to a mix of Top 40 and Adult Contemporary. It was in this era of WPFM that they developed an equal following from both locals and tourists, and were known sponsors of big-name Spring Break events in the area. It would later be the city's dominant CHR station throughout the 1980s, until WILN took its dominant CHR spot for Panama City before 1991 rolled along. In 1992, after some months off the air due to legal issues, WPFM became exclusively Top 40, and rebranded to "Power 108". In September 1993, they began calling themselves "Kiss FM", which only lasted over a month. From then until 1995, they played alternative rock under the name "107.9 The Zone". In 1995, they went back to Top 40 under the name "Mix 108".

WPFM and WDRK swapped formats on November 21, 1997. As a result, WPFM took WDRK's calls and active rock format, while the original WDRK changed their own to WMXP and adopted the "Mix" name, "Mix 103". The new "Rock 108" was ill-fated, and the calls were changed again on October 5, 1998, to WLHR. From this came the widely successful Top 40 station "Hot 107.9". WLHR was changed to WPFM-FM on March 10, 2004, before returning to the WPFM call sign (without the "-FM" suffix) on October 14, 2014.[4]

On September 21, 2018, Powell Broadcasting announced that it had sold WPFM to the Educational Media Foundation,[5] but planned to keep "Hot 107.9" up until the end of the year.

On October 14, 2018, four days after Hurricane Michael destroyed the facilities that housed WPFM, Powell Broadcasting announced that it had ceased the operations of all of its Panama City radio stations, citing "catastrophic" damage.[6] This expedited EMF's decision to get K-Love on the air by just under a month.

On December 4, 2018, WPFM signed on once again, this time under Educational Media Foundation's K-Love moniker, airing a contemporary Christian music format.

References

  1. ^ a b c 1966 Broadcasting Yearbok (PDF). 1966. p. B-34. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "WPFM Tweaking/Stunting, Becomes" from All Access (March 16, 2011)
  3. ^ "WPFM FCC history cards" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Call Sign History (WPFM)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "EMF Acquires WPFM Panama City". RadioInsight. 2018-09-21. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  6. ^ "Powell Broadcasting To Cease Panama City Operations". RadioInsight. 2018-10-13. Retrieved 2018-10-15.