AM Technical Profile: WIJD


Frequency:
1270
Format:
Christian talk
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] [bird's eye] Just off Talisman Ave, off Conception Street Road, near the intersection of Interstates 65 and 165. The tower also supports WAVH-FM.
Power (ERP):
Day: 5 kW
Night: 103 watts
Antenna:
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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[Wikipedia]
[Image] Image of the temporary tower that was erected put WIJD, its FM translator and WASG back on the air from Prichard in late 2012.
Owned by Wilkins Radio Network, Inc.
// W250CB Mobile, AL
History:
1270 began around 1954 as WAIP, a daytimer country station in suburban Prichard. In the 60's, it was an easy listening station with the calls WSIM (Wonderful Sound In Mobile), owned by Holt Broadcasting,  then briefly top 40 with the same calls. After that, it went back to country as WZAM. Purchased by Kenneth S. Johnson in 1965, it became WKSJ and it later spawned an FM with the same calls. WKSJ-FM became the market leader as a country station, with WKSJ-AM simulcating. In the late 70's, briefly went to WLLF, a Music of Your Life station, then back to country simulcast. Under new ownership, it tried syndicated talk shows in 1998-99. Technically a daytimer, it stayed on at night with minimal power.
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Late winter 2000 had WKSJ phasing out the old adult standards format for an all talk one, with the slogan "Impact 1270". In 2003 the station tried simulcasting WGCX out of Pensacola with their contemporary Christian format, but appeared to be back to all talk after a trial. In the summer of 2004, the station returned again to religious broadcasting.

In the fall of 2004 the station changed calls to WIJD.  Wilkins Communications acquired the station in 2006, and it remains a Christian talk and teaching station to this day.  In 2010 the station acquired a translator license, for W239AP at 95.7 MHz, from Radio Assist Ministry.  They put the station on the air in 2011 relaying WIJD.  It was on and off the air regularly until after 2012.

The station fell silent on 23 October 2012 when the tower came down in an emergency dismantling after being deemed a hazard.  The tower also held FM station WAVH, WIJD's FM translator and another AM, WASG.  WIJD and WASG resumed low power broadcasting in mid-November from a temporary tower on the site of their previous license site.  In April 2016 the station received permission to modify the license, possibly to convert to a commercial operation.  Wilkins also did the same with WASG.  Also in 2016 the station sought permission to relocate their translator from 95.7 to 97.9 MHz.