FM Technical Profile: WJBE


Station Name:
Country Legends
Frequency:
88.5
Format:
Classic Country
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] In Curry, just north of CR-43 (Smith Lake Dam Road), east of AL-257 (Curry Highway) a few blocks.  On a cell phone tower behind the storage sheds.
Power (ERP):
500 watts
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
200 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
[FCC]
[FCCdata]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
[Studio] Google Street View of the station's studio, co-located with AM 1240 WJLX on AL-5 in Jasper.
[Facebook] For the defunct "The Planet" modern rock format.
[Facebook] For the current "Country Legends" classic country format.
Owner:
Walker County Broadcasting, as Big South Community Broadcasting
History:
WJBE has apparently come on the air sometime in the early spring of 2008.  In its application as a non-commercial station, Big South Community Broadcasting appeared to hint towards a religious-formatted program schedule, but their website indicates they are doing classic country instead.  In April 2009 the station was granted a permit to increase power, which should improve coverage in the Jasper area.  In January 2011 it came out that the station was planning a flip from classic country to modern rock, and they did that on the Friday before Valentine's Day 2011, becoming "The Planet".
 
This station was reported silent as of 2 July 2012.  Sometime in late 2013 or early 2014 it appears the station switched formats to classic country as "Country Legends 88.5", and then fell silent again in April of 2014 due to transmitter audio issues.  The STA to remain silent expired in October 2014, so it's assumed the station came back on again before then.