Infobox Radio station
name = WBSA
city = Boaz,
slogan = "Total Christian Radio"
frequency = 1300 AM (kHz)
October 1, 1959 (as WAVC)
format = Christian/
power = 1000
37 watts (night)
class = D
facility_id = 71098
coordinates = coord|34|12|50|N|86|09|10|W
former_callsigns = WAVC (1959-1961)
owner = Watkins Broadcasting, Inc.
website = http://www.wbsaam.com/
WBSA (1300 AM, "Total Christian Radio") is a
radio stationlicensed to serve Boaz, Alabama. The station is owned by Watkins Broadcasting, Inc. It airs a Christian radioformat featuring Southern Gospelmusic. [ cite web |publisher=Arbitron |url=http://www.arbitron.com/ |title=Station Information Profile] WBSA is the only radio station licensed to Boaz, Alabama, by the Federal Communications Commission. WBSAis also a non FCClisensed radio brodcast for the Boy Scouts of Americathat the troops of the scouts do temparaliy and regionaly. Antennasgenerally are small and homemade usually brodcasting only a few miles.
In addition to its usual religious and musical programming, WBSA carries the weekly football games of the Boaz High School Pirates.
This station began regular broadcasting on October 1, 1959, as WAVC.cite web |publisher=WBSA 1300AM |url=http://www.wbsaam.com/stationhistory.html |accessdate=2008-10-10 |title=Station History] Owned by Ken Sparks and Albert Vearl Cicero (for whom the station was named), WAVC played a mix of popular music, rock'n'roll, and easy listening. In 1961, WAVC was bought by L.D. Bentley and Glenn Cornelius (as Radio Sand Mountain, Inc.) and the callsign was changed to the current WBSA.cite web |url=http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=71098&Callsign=WBSA |title=Call Sign History |publisher=FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database] Cornelius operated WBSA until 1982 when it was purchased by Bill Huber and Lawrence Kennamer (as Sand Mountain Advertising, Inc.). [cite web |publisher=FCC Media Bureau |title=Application Search Details (BAL-19820421HC) |date=1982-06-08 |url=http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=41803] The new owners changed the format to Southern Gospel music. In October 1994, the station was purchased by Reverend Roger Watkins, a Baptist minister and evangelist, as Watkins Broadcasting, Inc. [cite web |publisher=FCC Media Bureau |title=Application Search Details (BAL-19940701EI) |date=1994-10-20 |url=http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=200654]
* [http://www.wbsaam.com/ WBSA official website]
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