Fans of WERM-AM and WABF-AM may have done a little head-scratching recently when the two Eternity Media-owned stations swapped spots on the radio dial.

Gospel station WERM has held 1480 on the dial for years, while WABF was at 1220. Station ownership decided recently to swap the stations’ places on the dial, giving a big boost in reach to one and scaling the other back.

WABF is now broadcast on a 5,000-watt frequency, while WERM moves to the 1,000-watt position at 1220. The result obviously means more coverage for one station and less for the other.

“To better serve our listeners and faithful advertisers, we have moved to 1480 AM on the radio dial! This is expected to solve our reception issue in the problem spots and expand our coverage area to thousands more people!” the WABF website reads.

Vinny Duncan, an employee with Eternity Media Group, said the stations’ formats are not expected to change.

While WERM has served as a gospel station for decades, WABF features “Gulf Coast Swap Shop” as well as music and community news specific to Fairhope with Lori Dubose’s morning show “Community Contact.”

WERM is expected to continue broadcasting religious programming and gospel music, according to Duncan.

GCN offers monthly summary
Residents along the Eastern Shore began receiving a new offering from the Gulf Coast Newspapers group last week.

The first issue of Eastern Shore Monthly arrived in local mailboxes late last week, a 12-page collection of news stories, with some from GCN’s other newspapers. The paper listed a publication date of April 26 and under the masthead bears the phrase “Every Home, Every Month.”

GCN publisher Parks Rogers says Eastern Shore Monthly is designed to introduce the company’s news product to new readers.

“It is a free in the mail monthly publication that carries some previously published news and some original news. It combines with our other publications to offer near blanket coverage of Spanish Fort and Daphne for advertisers. It also is designed as a sampler to encourage subscriptions to our bi-weekly newspapers. The May issue is the first issue,” Rogers said.