When one thinks of the broadcast media leaders who have made their imprint in the Wiregrass region of Alabama and the city of Dothan, few hold a candle to the late Agnes Dowling Simpson.
With R.A. Dowling, she launched a Class D AM in 1947 that’s still very much in operation today. In September 1964 came a 100kw Class C1 FM, today a top-rated Adult Contemporary station that saw the Oct. 1 retirement of morning host John Houston after 44 years in the business.
Houston’s retirement could have been a harbinger for what’s next at these stations, which now include an FM translator for that 73-year-old AM. They’re being transferred from Agnes’ estate to the owner of a Class A Country station serving Enterprise, Fort Rucker and its cit of license, Elba, Ala.