FM Technical Profile: WMJJ


Station Name:
Magic 96.5
Frequency:
96.5
Format:
Adult Contemporary
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's eye] [street view] Ishkooda Mountain, about 1/4 mile southeast of where Wenonah Road and Venice Road meet, near the Goldwire community.
Power (ERP):
100 kW.
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
1027 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
HD-2: Urban Contemporary "104-1 The Beat"
// W281AB Mountain Brook
HD-3: Contemporary Christian
"K-Love" // KLVR Middletown, CA
// W241AI Gorgas
Mono (HD feed is stereo)
:PS-Biggest Hits Magic965 Time-present Text-song title/artist / magic96.com PTY-Easy HD-TMC-Metro Traffic PI-KCAD-FM
AUX: 32 kW @ 781 feet. 60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[FCC]
[FCCdata]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
[Facebook]
[Facebook] Facebook for the K-Love network
[WQEZ Online] A tribute to the station's WQEZ years, with a bit of history and streaming beautiful music.
[Image] RDS display from the station on a GMC Yukon's radio. (From 2012.)
[Image] RDS display from an Insignia portable radio showing the oddball PS that all iHeart stations have. (From early 2016.)
[Image] RDS display from the HD-2 via FM translator on a GMC Yukon's radio. (From 2012.)
[Image] HD PAD data for the HD-1 channel, displayed on an Insignia portable in northwest Alabama. (From summer 2016.)
[Image] HD PAD data for the HD-2 subchannel,
displayed on an Insignia portable in northwest Alabama. (From summer 2016.)
[Image] HD PAD data for the HD-3 subchannel, displayed on an Insignia portable in northwest Alabama. (From summer 2016.)
[Studio] Street View imagery of the iHeartMedia studio space in Birmingham.
Owner:
iHeartMedia
History:
Originally the calls were WCRT, the stepchild of WCRT-AM 1260. From sometime in the 70's up until 1983, the station had the calls WQEZ, "Your Q to EZ listening". A day or two after Christmas in 1982, it switched to Magic.
 
For the past 30 years it has been a sucessful staple of Birmingham radio as WMJJ.  In 2000 and 2001, the station went all Christmas music from Thanksgiving until December 25th! Wow!  Sometime in the middle of January 2002,  the station added an RDS encoder.  Strangely, this RDS signal appeared about the time WBHM's went off. Coincidence? :) As with a lot of Alabama stations, the RDS was been on and off a lot until the rollout of HD digital radio on all the Clear Channel owned outlets.
 
It appears that some feathered have been ruffled in the Magic world this summer (2009).  Reports are that the oldies sing-a-long weekends are gone, replaced with Clear Channel's iHeart Radio programming, and that the station has begun playing more upbeat and modern music.
 
The station also hosts a "Christmas in July" weekend stunt, playing all Christmas music.  Most recently, it was reported to be on the weekend of the 17th of July 2010 and the week of the 24th in 2011.  Magic 96 has historically been the first major radio station in the entire state to go all-Christmas during the holidays, too.  As of 2015, they flipped on the 5th November, well ahead of other stations in the state but behind SummitMedia's 1320/100.1 AM/translator pairing, which flipped over a month before.
 
On 29 July 2011 the station's HD-2 subchannel changed from iHeartRadio's classic hits/oldies feet to an urban format as "104.1 The Beat".  It is now being relayed on translator W218AB, which formerly broadcast urban oldies WJLD-AM.