FM Technical Profile: WJOX

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Station Name:
The Sports Monster
Sports Talk.
Transmitter Location:
[map] Red Mountain, about 1/2 mile west of Oxmoor Rd. & Industrial Park Drive. Co-located with WZRR's transmitter.
Power (ERP):
100 kW.
Antenna HAAT:
1014 feet.
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
PS-JOX 94.5
JOX 94.5 Your Sports Authority
(inactive - 05-24-2012)
AUX: 50 kW @ 899 feet. 60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC. (Located on the old WABM-TV tower where Spaulding-Ishkooda Road meets Montevallo Road in Birmingham.)
// WJOX Birmingham
More Information:
[Bhamwiki] Information on the station from the WAFM era
[Bhamwiki] Information on the station from the WAPI era
[Bhamwiki] Information on the station from the WYSF era
[Bhamwiki] Information on the station as WJOX
[Image] RDS display from the station on a GMC Yukon's radio, from January 2012.
[Image] RDS display from an Insignia portable, showing the Radio Text and PS (call sign) fields, from June 2017.
[Image] RDS display data as shown on a Mazda OEM stereo, from 2020.
[Studio] Street View imagery of the Cumulus Birmingham studio facilities.
Cumulus Broadcasting
The history of this frequency in Alabama begins in Montgomery, where it hosted the FM spawn of Southern Broadcasting's WCOV AM 1170.  It appears to have operated from approximately 1948 to 1954 before disappearing.  The frequency allocation was later moved to Birmingham.

This frequency became the home of WAFM in either late 1964 or early 1965.  It was previously on 99.5 MHz, where in the 50's it was known for running 540 kW from atop Red Mountain, making it one of the top two or three most power FM broadcasts in the US at the time.  As the FM companion to WAPI, it was nothing more than a tax-write off for The Birmingham News for years.  The call sign changed to WAPI-FM in the early 60's.  Although the WAPI calls are understood to stand for "Alabama Polytechnic Institute", Auburn's old school name, the calls also correspond to the ownership, Advance Publications Incorporated, who also owned WAPI-TV and The Birmingham News.
During the early to mid 70's, the station was a TM automated "solid gold" Classic Hits station. In 1978  it was a "Muzak" station, competing with 96.5 (then WQEZ). Late in 1981, after being bought out by the legendary Bernie Dittman, the station switched to Album Oriented Rock (AOR) and took on the nickname "95 Rock". It was patterned after Dittman's WABB in Mobile, which was "97 Rock".
In 1984, Dittman gradually began altering the format to move to Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), going from AOR to CHR over six months. Both WABB and WAPI were changed, both again using the same phrase, "Hit Rock", as well. WAPI went from "95 Rocks" at the end of 1984 to "Hot Rockin' FM 95" to the famous "I-95" in October 1984.
After Dick Broadcasting bought the station (and WAPI AM) for $6.85 million in 1994, the station moved to upbeat Adult Contemporary as WMXQ "Mix 94.5" before settling on a female-demographic friendly soft rock format, going as "Soft Rock 94.5". Dick Broadcasting acquired Rick and Bubba from WQEN in Gadsden in 1999, who continued with their success in the Birmingham ratings from their new home. Around winter 2001, the station changed to "Y 94.5", playing almost exactly the same easy laid back AC they had as "Soft Rock".
In December 2006 Rick and Bubba split for cross-town country WZZK, leading to a tumble in the ratings for WYSF.  The station transitioned to a Hot Adult Contemporary format in response to the poor ratings and in May 2007 brought in the syndicated Kidd Kraddick show from Dallas.
Citadel (who gobbled up Dick) blew up the Hot AC formatted "New 94.5" after one year and one month; after the station aired the musical accompaniment to the annual fireworks show from atop Red Mountain, the station began playing country music with no liners, jocks or announcements.  Sports talk from Citadel's 100.5 signal began to be heard on 94.5 shortly thereafter.  The sports format from 100.5 migrated to 94.5, along with the calls.  The stereo carrier was also been dropped.  The station briefly ran HD, but dropped it shortly after the sports debuted.  It was observed to be running again in the spring of 2011.
In the summer of 2012 CBS announced that the station would pick up programming from the CBS Sports Network, which was set to debut 2 January, 2013.  The CBS Sports Network is a collaboration between CBS radio and Cumulus.  In August 2012 the station lost ESPN to Cox, who is running it on WENN (AM) and WZNN (FM).  For now, WJOX AM & FM are airing Fox Sports programming during non-local programming blocks.  This ran until the CBS Sports Net debuted, which it did on schedule.