AM Technical Profile: WJLX
- Oldies, Talk
eye] North of US-78 (I-22), to the east of 3rd Avenue, behind
an industrial complex on 2nd Avenue.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Night: 1 kW
- 1 tower
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour from the
FCC's Public Files
Google Street View of the station's studio, co-located with FM
88.5 WJBE on AL-5 in Jasper.
Owned by the James D. Earley
// W268BM Jasper, AL
- According to
the NAB (ca. 1985), the station broadcast in stereo with the
Motorola C-QUAM system. Began as WARF with a country format. Became
WTID-AM in January of 2003. Oddly, there's a WTID-FM in Reform which
was possibly owned by a different company. For a while the station
simulcasted with local station WFFN-FM's oldies, but eventually the
AM went (back?) to gospel, then picked up the Joy Christian Radio
network out of Centre, AL. The calls changed to WLYJ in September
2004. In late 2007 the calls swapped with WZTQ in Jasper, another
Joy station. In March 2008, the calls were changed again, this
time to WJLX, as Joy Christian moved out and local Walker County
Broadcasting (as Wal-Win LLC) took over operations. Although
Walker County Broadcasting operated this station as a commercial
outlet, they also run non-comm WJBE, licensed to Five Points.
September 2009 the station acquired a translator from Edgewater
Broadcasting, W268BM on 101.5 MHz, to rebroadcast the AM
signal. A quick listen at the tail end of March 2010 and the
station appears to be oldies with Scott Shannon's True Oldies
Channel network. The station later dropped the network for
local programming, with Mike Harvey's Super Gold show airing at
night after Paul Finebaum's sports talk program.
station fell silent when the great tornado outbreak of April 2011
took out power to most of Jasper and Walker County. The AM
signal has since gone off and on several times, while the FM
translator continues unimpeded.
- The station was passed on
to the Hattie Reese Trust in July 2016 for $150,000 (the translator
was sold for $10, too.) One year later the license was transferred to
John Burdette, although a permit to assign the license was not filed
at the FCC until mid-July 2017. Burdette acquired the license
after a probate court ruled on a dispute with the aforementioned
trust. The station filed a silent STA in early July 2017 to go
off the air due to issues with their transmitter. In January
2018, it was announced that the license was being sold to James D.
Early, president of the Alabama Cable Network, Inc., which operates
WCQT-LP TV in Cullman, for $115,000.