FM Technical Profile: WJQX
- Station Name:
- JOX 2: ESPN
- Sports Talk
About a mile north of the intersection of Serty Boyd Road and North
Scotsville Road in rural Bibb County.
- Power (ERP):
- 69 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 1014 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- : PS-
ESPN Time-yes Text-[blank]
- AUX: 35 kW @
812 feet. 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- How's the
- Not bad, but
not great. Strongest west of downtown and in the Hoover,
Helena and Pelham areas of Shelby County. Really suffers east
of downtown and in the far east suburbs.
Information on the station from the WRAX era
Information on the station from the WWMM era
Information on the station from the WAPI-FM era
Street View imagery of the Cumulus Birmingham studio facilities.
- Before moving
to a new transmitter site in Bibb County this station was on 100.7
MHz, licensed to Northport. For as long as I can remember (Ed.)
this station was WLXY-FM, "ARRO 100.7", the slogan an acronym for
"All Rock and Roll Oldies". Sometime in December 2002 (?) the
station changed to a modern rock format, changing to "Z-100, Bama's
Best Rock". On April 15th, 2003, the station moved
facilities - a taller tower south of Tuscaloosa, more power and a
move to 100.5 MHz.
station acquired Birmingham morning show veterans Beaner and Ken,
who were with the station until Dec 31 2004. They apparently left
over contract issues.
Broadcasting bought WANZ from Apex Broadcasting in Tuscaloosa in the
winter of 2005, and announced plans to move The X from Birmingham to
100.5. On March 3 2005 the station began simulcasting WRAX out of
Birmingham, and at the end of March the station was the sole outlet
for The X in the area. In June 2005 the station changed calls to
WRAX. Shortly thereafter the station acquired a change to the city
of license to Helena, a Shelby County suburb of Birmingham. The
change keeps the transmitter location the same, albeit with more
power, increased HAAT and a little bit better penetration into the
eastern sections of the city. Except... That apparently never
happened as the station continued to identify with
- On the
29th of November, 2006 the station flipped to an all
sports format, simulcasting WJOX-AM. With that simulcast, the WJOX
calls moved to this station, and the AM became WSPZ.
- On the
8th of January 2007 the two stations split, with each
carrying separate sports programming.
sister station WYSF in Birmingham began stunting on the fourth of
July with a format flip. WYSF will become WJOX and take all of
the sports programming to their stick in Birmingham proper. It
is currently unknown what new format 100.5 will take on.
- On the
last day of July 2008 the calls changed to WWMM, as the WJOX calls
moved to 94.5. On August 11th the station stopped
simulcasting 94.5 and began simulcasting another Citadel property,
classic rocker WZRR 99.5 in Birmingham. Through all this
stunting, the Reg's Coffeehouse program moved from 94.5 to
100.5. The stereo is back on now, too.
move of Reg's Coffeehouse to 100.5 was an omen - on Friday August 15th
the station flipped to AAA.
station changed city of license from Northport to Helena in October
- In July
2009 it was announced that former MTV VJ and Birmingham native Alan
Hunter would be joining the program b*SIDE on Live 100.5,
with psychologist Dr. Josh Klapow. The show is not musical in
nature and is mental-health/current issues oriented.
- A week
or so before Valentine's Day, February 2010, it was discovered that
Citadel Broadcasting was planning to flip the station from music to
a simulcast of AM-talker WAPI. This generated a lot of
listener outrage and led to a "Save Live 100.5" page on Facebook,
which grew to over 20,000 followers. Station management later
confirmed the change after the entire staff was laid off. As
of February 15th, the station went automated with no
jocks. The switch to talk happened at 12:01am on February 22nd.
it shares the call letters with its AM sister, they are not in a
direct simulcast. The AM carries more syndicated programming
and the FM is geared towards more local shows. As of the start
of 2011, the move seems to be working, with WAPI leading crosstown
rival WERC in most dayparts. With many changes in the sports
radio landscape around Birmingham in 2013, Cumulus announced a
shuffle of its own: all local personalities on WAPI-FM are moving to
the AM, the FM is switching to ESPN Sports and the calls (as of 1
August 2013) are WJQX. The sports format debuted on 12 August
2013 as "Jox 2: ESPN".