FM Technical Profile: WJOX
- Station Name:
- The Sports
- Sports Talk.
Red Mountain, about 1/2 mile west of Oxmoor Rd. & Industrial
Park Drive. Co-located with WZRR's transmitter.
- Power (ERP):
- 100 kW.
- Antenna HAAT:
- 1014 feet.
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- (inactive - 05-24-2012)
- : PS-JOX 94.5 Time-present
Text-JOX 94.5 Your Sports Authority PTY-Talk
- AUX: 50 kW @
899 feet. 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC. (Located on the old WABM-TV tower where
Spaulding-Ishkooda Road meets Montevallo Road in Birmingham.)
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Information on the station from the WAFM era
Information on the station from the WAPI era
Information on the station from the WYSF era
Information on the station as WJOX
RDS display from the station on a GMC Yukon's radio, from January
RDS display from an Insignia portable, showing the Radio Text and PS
(call sign) fields, from June 2017.
Street View imagery of the Cumulus Birmingham studio facilities.
- The history of this
frequency in Alabama begins in Montgomery, where it hosted the FM
spawn of Southern Broadcasting's WCOV AM 1170. It appears to
have operated from approximately 1948 to 1954 before
disappearing. The frequency allocation was later moved to
- This frequency became the home of WAFM
in either late 1964 or early 1965. It was previously on 99.5
MHz, where in the 50's it was known for running 540 kW from atop Red
Mountain, making it one of the top two or three most power FM
broadcasts in the US at the time. As the FM companion to WAPI,
it was nothing more than a tax-write off for The
Birmingham News for years. The
call sign changed to WAPI-FM in the early 60's. Although the
WAPI calls are understood to stand for "Alabama Polytechnic
Institute", Auburn's old school name, the calls also correspond to
the ownership, Advance Publications Incorporated, who also owned
WAPI-TV and The Birmingham News.
the early to mid 70's, the station was a TM automated "solid gold"
station. In 1978 it was a "Muzak" station, competing with 96.5
(then WQEZ). Late in 1981, after being bought out by Dittman, the
station switched to AOR and took on the nickname "95 Rock". It was
patterned after Dittman's WABB in Mobile, which was "97 Rock".
- In 1984,
Dittman gradually began altering the format to move to CHR, and it
went from AOR to CHR over six months. Both WABB and WAPI were
changed, both again using the same phrase, "Hit Rock", as well. WAPI
went from "95 Rocks" at the end of 1984 to "Hot Rockin' FM 95" to
the famous "I-95" in October 1984.
- Since Dick
Broadcasting took the station, back in the 1994, the station moved
to upbeat AC as WMXQ "Mix 94.5" before settling on a
female-demographic friendly soft rock format, going as "Soft Rock
94.5". Dick Broadcasting acquired Rick and Bubba from WQEN in
Gadsden in 1999, who continued with their success in the Birmingham
ratings from their new home. Around winter 2001, the station changed
to "Y 94.5", playing almost exactly the same easy laid back AC they
had as "Soft Rock".
- In December
2006 Rick and Bubba split for cross-town country WZZK, leading to a
tumble in the ratings for WYSF. The station transitioned to a
hot AC format in response to the poor ratings and in May 2007
brought in the syndicated Kidd Kraddick show from Dallas.
- Citadel blew up
the Hot AC formatted "New 94.5" after one year and one month; after
the station aired the musical accompaniment to the annual fireworks
show from atop Red Mountain, the station began playing country music
with no liners, jocks or announcements. Sports talk from
Citadel's 100.5 signal began to be heard on 94.5 shortly
thereafter. The sports format from 100.5 migrated to 94.5,
along with the calls. The stereo carrier has also been
dropped. The station briefly ran HD, but dropped it shortly
after the sports debuted. It's been observed to be running
again in the spring of 2011.
- In the
summer of 2012 CBS announced that this station will pick up
programming from the CBS Sports Network, which is set to debut 2
January, 2013. The CBS Sports Network is a collabortation
between CBS radio and Cumulus. In August 2012 the station lost
ESPN to Cox, who is running it on WENN (AM) and WZNN (FM). For
now, WJOX AM & FM are airing Fox Sports programming during
non-local programming blocks. This will run until the CBS
Sports Net debuts, which it did on schedule.