WJAQ-FM and WTOT-FM radio stations in Marianna continue to see upgrades to equipment and other improvements since Dothan attorney Steven McGowan took over in October 2013. At that time, he entered into a “lease marketing agreement” from owners BRO, Inc., also known as Marianna Florida Radio (MFR). WJAQ announced last week that its sister station WTOT-FM is back on the air with a new format: the True Oldies Channel, programming that has always been quite popular in Jackson County but sparingly has been offered. The Donalsonville oldies station, out of nearby Georgia, has a weak signal in Jackson, as was the case with an AM signal from a Blountstown station that recently went off the air. But the WTOT-FM signal, emanating from its tower in Graceville, is well-received on most auto radios throughout the county. At 101.7 MHz on the dial, the WTOT-FM station on the air is called WTOT-FM Graceville, but that is only because of the tower’s location near that northwestern city, station announcer Robert Conrad told the TIMES Tuesday morning.
The True Oldies Channel, featuring famous DJ Scott Shannon, is a network feed begun in 2004 and distributed by the Cumulus Media Networks. The playlist includes top 40 hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. For more info, go to www.trueoldieschannel.com
It was the top 40 format that was featured at the original Marianna radio station, WTOT-AM, in the 1960s, before there were FM radio stations.
WTOT-AM is no longer on the air, Conrad said, although the company still owns rights to its broadcast frequency. The format at WJAQ-FM (100.9 MHz) remains “Real Country,” featuring classic country music hits. WTOT and WJAQ are still owned by John Biddinger of Minnesota and about 15 other individuals and companies, Biddinger told the TIMES last October. McGowan is a personal injury lawyer who practices in Alabama. He also has a background in radio station ownership in the Dothan area.
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