Saturday, June 30, 2007

WTOF Returns-To Alabama

A note of interest I saw while looking at the June "Popular Communications" Radio Hobby Magazine..WTOF, the longtime call letters of Canton religious station WTOF 98.1 FM and for a short time used on AM 900 in Canton by Mortenson Broadcasting, Have been reassigned by the FCC to the former WBCA-AM 1110 in Bay Minette, Alabama, owned by Evangelist Buddy Tucker, as a companion to his WMOB 1360-AM..According to the history link below,WTOF-1110 runs all Syndicated religious programming..not unlike WTOF-FM Canton in its heyday, Though much of the programming was local as well. Of course, WTOF-FM is now WKDD-98.1..Owned by Clear Channel since 2001..And AM 900 has been WCER for nearly 15 years under the direction of Jack Ambrozic..and runs a News/Talk/Religious format.. One wonders if Rev. Tucker uses the slogan "Tower of Faith" as Mortenson did for so many years with WTOF-FM

History of WBCA/WTOF-AM in Alabama


  1. Even though it's been over 10 years since WTOF became WHK-FM I still feel as a Christian and a Southern Gospel fan, that I was personally robbed by Salem Communications.

    I have before that I somewhat understand why, it still bothers me that they would turn their heads away from a portion of the population who don't have any technical savvy or maybe can't afford computers.

  2. WTOF - Tower of Faith, has been operating since December 1, 2006. News Christian Talk syndicated Christian programs and Southern Gospel Music is aired within every broadcast day. WTOF is licensed to the city of Bay Minette, Alabama and is owned by the Buddy Tucker Association, Inc. which is one of three stations, WMOB, Mobile, Alabama and WYND, DeLand, Florida.
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    Buddy Tucker, Owner/General Mgr.

  3. Rev. Tucker
    It is an honor to hear from you. The call letters WTOF have a special meaniong to when they were on 98.1 FM in Canton, Ohio..One of my favorite stations as a young Christian in the late 1970's..

  4. WTOF's programming helped me through some very, very difficult times as a deeply troubled young man during the early to middle 90s. I would love to be able to locate an old program listing so I can write two of the pastors that made such a difference.

  5. I find it hard to beleive that it has been almost 38 years since I worked at WTOF-Canton, Ohio. It was 1972, and their studios were (as I recall) in the Marchants Bank Building.

    I was a student in Akron, and worked late afternoons into the evening. There were several paid programs, along with a music segement I hosted called the "Afternoon Caravan."

  6. Hello Anderson County:
    Thanks for stopping by..I delivered The Canton Repository Newspaper to downtown Canton merchants in the 1980's. One of my stops was WTOF in the Peoples-Merchants, later Ameritrust Bank building..They used to let me take home some of the broadcasting business/industry magazines they had in their lobby..Good people there..The same building today is home to "Joy 1520", WINW Radio..An Urban Gospel station in Canton..

    On another note, I would love to hear airchecks of WTOF when you were there in '72..Would be quite interesting..