AM Technical Profile: WJLX


Frequency:
1240
Format:
Oldies, Talk
Transmitter Location:
[map] [bird's 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
Antenna:
1 tower
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
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Owned by the James D. Earley
// W268BM Jasper, AL
History:
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. 
 
In 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.
 
The 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.