FM Technical Profile: WJOU

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Station Name:
The Tennessee Valley's Praise Station
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Just east of the intersection of AL-255 (Research Parkway NW) and Oakwood Road NW, behind the Communications Building on the edge of campus.
Power (ERP):
25 kW
33 kW (CP)
Antenna HAAT:
230 feet
243 feet (CP)
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC. (CP)
More Information:
[Studio] Street View imagery of the University's studio space at University Square.
Oakwood College
Oakwood College was granted a permit for a new non-commercial station in June of 1974.  The college struggled to get the station built out, requesting several extensions to the permit and even letting it lapse once.  The station finally signed on in December of 1978 with the WOCG call sign, for Oakwood ColleGe.  The studios were in the Communications Building on campus, with the antenna located just behind the building.  Transmitting on 90.1 MHz, the station ran 25 kW from a Gates FM-5B transmitter feeding a Collins 37M-6 six bay antenna at just 174 feet above ground level, giving it mostly local Huntsville coverage.  The station has always had Religious programming of some sort, including Talk and Inspirational music.

The call sign changed to WJOU in January 2008.

In February 2022, the station received a permit to upgrade from a Class C3 to a Class C2 facility, boosting power to 33 kW from a slightly higher antenna, still on the same tower behind the Communications Building.  As part of the request, the tower coordinates and antenna height were to be updated with corrected information.