AM Technical Profile: WJRD
view] Northwest of Northport, west of US-43 on CR-86
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 20 kW
- Night: 1,000
- Day: 1 tower
- Night: 3 towers
- 0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's
- // W271AM
// W276DP Tuscaloosa, AL (CP)
closeup of one of the towers at dusk
wide view of the station towers at dusk
- Appearing at
least as far back as 1936, 1150 was WJRD (for James R. Doss, jr),
news and easy listening in the 50's and early 60's. The 1957 Radio
Annual lists it as an NBC affiate under the ownership of Wilhelmina
Echols. Top 40 was added later; MOR and news ruled the day, top 40
nights. Sundays were all classical as the owner was a classical
music fan. In the 80's the broadcast in stereo (Motorola) as a
country station with an odd logo: it was a strange looking boot
pointed upward made out of the J. ("I remember this logo and used to
have a car-tag with that logo on it!" -Zach) Went to a sports talk
format in the 90's. Details are sketchy of when exactly the station
switched to a black gospel format, but it was between 2000-2002.
Afterwards the station went silent for a while, but has come back on
the air in June 2003 with the Timeless Classics standards music
- Doss' brother
James L. Doss put WJLD-AM on the air in Birmingham.
- Again, details
are sketchy but at some point in 2003-2004 the station switched back
to the historic WJRD calls. In June 2005 the station began
simulcasting with WFFN-FM, a station relicensed from Cordova (near
Jasper) to Coaling (near Tuscaloosa).
- On Feburary 6,
2006, the station flipped to "1150, The People's Station" with a mix
of black-oriented talk programs. It was reported in trade
publications that Citadel sold this station in September of
2007. At the end of September the station returned to the
"Timeless Classics" nostalgia/standards format. That format
lasted just over a year as they flipped in the fall of 2008 to
oldies with the Scott Shannon's satellite-fed True
Oldies Channel. That network was killed off in the summer of
2014; WJRD replaced it with Westwood One's "Good Times Oldies"
format on 30 June 2014. Shannon's True Oldies Channel was
revived late in 2015 and is now back on this station again.
The station won another construction permit for a new FM translator
on 103.1 MHz north of town in May 2018.