Published on August 19th, 2019 | by Ashley Danielle Rubin0
Woof FM: For the People, By the People
If you have a car and you live in the Wiregrass area, I would almost bet you have WOOF FM as one of your presets. Since WOOF’s first broadcast in 1964, they have been serving up current and hot jams of the past. And music is just the top layer of this multi-dimensional station. This seems to be why WOOF draws in such a broad spectrum of listeners. In 2019, WOOF received 3 awards that confirmed their accomplishments over their years of production. One of the awards they received was Radio Station of the Year. This is a major accomplishment and the team is very humbled by this achievement. It was absolutely deserved. The award ceremony was held for the entire state of Alabama and included several other stations. WOOF also holds the number one spot for radio in the city of Dothan. I can only imagine how proud WOOF’s late originator, Mrs. Agnes Dowling, would be of all of these honors.
The radio station believes in approaching their audience in terms of, “Old School”, if you will. Many employees of the station have been there several years, bringing a familiarity to listeners. Deborah Person, a 27 year employee vet of WOOF, was also awarded with Reporter of the Year. WOOF is one of the few stations that you can pick up the phone, call the station at 2 a.m., and your call will be received by a live person. This has helped with several different scenarios across the Wiregrass; such as locating missing pets, reporting threatening weather and providing current traffic updates. These updates can be vital and helpful to informing the community, so it’s pretty obvious they would be recognized for their outstanding achievements.
Another award that WOOF took home from The Alabama Broadcasters Association was for their diligent updates during the recent Hurricane Michael. They were awarded with Promotion of the Year for their “Live and Local” reporting. WOOF continued updates through the turbulent weather the Wiregrass received, even when several locals were without power for days, even weeks. They had several broadcasters who would stay days at a time at the station to make sure they could provide up-to-date coverage.
These were all accomplishments that came at one of the hardest times for the station’s team, after losing one of their well-known radio hosts, Laura Pate. Laura was a major asset to WOOF and is missed by the station and our community tremendously. She made such an impact to the station over her nearly 3 decades of dedication. Her friends and coworkers miss her tremendously and were so happy that her contributions to make the station its best over the years were recognized. Their only wish was that she could have seen it in person. It is clear to see why WOOF is a top choice for business radio and the community’s top choice for weather, news and music. It truly is a station for the people by the people.
-Ashley D. Rubin