End Of An Era: WABB-F/Mobile Sold To EMF
February 17, 2012 at 6:43 AM (PT)
DITTMAN BROADCASTING Top 40 WABB-F/MOBILE, AL has been sold to EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION for an undisclosed price. The station has been in the DITTMAN family's hands for 52 years.
Many of radio's major talents and programmers launched their careers at WABB, including MIKE MCVAY, SCOTT SHANNON, RANDY LANE, LESLIE FRAM, MARK ST. JOHN, PAUL FULLER, BILL EVANS, LEE CHESNUT and many more.
DITTMAN, who passed away in 2006, was an icon in the radio industry and one of the last of the great independent broadcasters. WABB has been a mainstay in the MOBILE community, serving as the primary GULF COAST Emergency Broadcast System station and playing a crucial role in providing vital information during Hurricanes FREDERICK (1979) and IVAN (2004). DITTMAN was honored as the ALABAMA ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS "Broadcaster of the Year" in 2005.
"This was a very difficult and emotional decision for our family," said JUDITH DITTMAN, widow of BERNIE DITTMAN, the station's longtime owner/operator. "WABB-FM has enjoyed decades of success and being an integral part of the MOBILE-PENSACOLA communities. But the time has come for us to move into another phase of life and spend more time together as a family ... WABB has appreciated the support that its listeners, the city of MOBILE and its advertisers have shown us over the years."
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