FM Technical Profile: WALJ
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- 105-1 Jamz
to be: 105.1 The Block
view] Romulus Rd (CR-2) at Microwave Rd. in western Tuscaloosa
County, a few miles south of the community of Coker.
- Power (ERP):
- 2.6 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 506 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- :PS-105.1 JAMZ Time-[?]
Text-song title/artist 1051 JAMZ, Tuscaloosa's… PTY-Rhythm
and Blues PI-WALJ-FM
AL.com article on Birmingham Mountain Radio's expansion
into the Tuscaloosa market.
WBRC article on the collapse of the station's broadcast tower in
Street View imagery of the building housing the SummitMedia studios
off Highway 280 in Hoover, Alabama. SummitMedia runs the
station for Apex.
RDS data display from an Insignia radio in northwest Alabama,
showing the PI (call sign) and Radio Text fields, from August 2016.
- This station
signed on for the first time in late September 2011 as "105-1
Jamz". It is being LMA'd by Apex to SummitMedia in Birmingham,
who also runs a "Jamz" station there. Local comedian Roy Wood
Jr. debuted with the station as the morning show host. The
station is broadcasting from the old "ARRO 100.7" site that Apex
used last time they were in the market. The station began
broadcasting in HD digital radio sometime in the summer of 2015 and
added the AAA-formatted "Birmingham Mountain Radio" program to its
HD2, which is also feeding a newly built translator that came on in
July of 2015. That HD-2/translator combo was severed in
December of 2017 when the translator began relaying Townsquare's
WTUG-HD3 classic hits format. It appears that WALJ dropped the
HD completely at the same time.
The station was taken off the air in April 2019, when the broadcast
tower collapsed during a heavy thunderstorm. The collapse was
caught on video and that can be viewed in the WBRC-TV link, under
More Information. The station applied for a Special Temporary
Authority in May 2019 to operate with just 8 watts from a site south
of Tuscaloosa. In July they applied for a permit to resume
operations from the licensed transmitter site, after a tower was
It was announced that the station was being sold to Townsquare
Media, in early June 2019. They kept format but re-branded it
as "105.1 The Block" on 1 August 2019, after the sale closed.