FM Technical Profile: WJOX
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- Station Name:
- The Sports
- Sports Talk.
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.
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Text-JOX 94.5 Your Sports Authority
- (inactive - 05-24-2012)
- AUX: 50 kW @
899 feet. 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC. (Located on the old WABM-TV tower where
Spaulding-Ishkooda Road meets Montevallo Road in Birmingham.)
- // WJOX
Information on the station from the WAFM era
Information on the station from the WAPI era
Information on the station from the WYSF era
Information on the station as WJOX
RDS display from the station on a GMC Yukon's radio, from January
RDS display from an Insignia portable, showing the Radio Text and PS
(call sign) fields, from June 2017.
Street View imagery of the Cumulus Birmingham studio facilities.
- 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
- 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.
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.