AM Technical Profile: WJSB
view] Between Lakeview Drive and Lindberg St, just north of US
90 in Crestview. Co-located with WAAZ.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 3.1 kW
- Day: 1 tower
- 0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour from
the FCC's Public Files
// W266DF Crestview, FL
- Owned By:
- Crestview Broadcasting
- WJSB first signed on in
September of 1954, as a 250 watt daytimer on 1490 kHz, put on the air
by C. S. Henderson and James T. Whitaker (as Crestview Broadcasting
Company). The transmitter was a Gates BC-250GY. From the
beginning, the station has broadcast from its current studio and tower
site at the corner of Lakeview Drive and West 1st Avenue in
Crestview. Back in '54, that part of 1st Avenue was a new
extension at the edge of the city limits. Today, the studio is
surrounded by homes and apartments.
The station moved to 1050 kHz in the fall of 1956. They were
able to upgrade to 1 kW, but only as a daytimer, with a Gates BC-1F
transmitter. A year later Everett M. McCrary took over
running Crestview Broadcasting Company.
In 1965, the station spawned an FM companion, WAAZ. The AM and
FM simulcast for only part of the day early on, but by the 2000's it
appears they are in a 100% simulcast.
The station was granted a PSA (Pre-Sunrise Authority) to operate with
24 watts. The station sought and won an upgrade to 5 kW days
only in 1978; that facility went on the air in March 1980 with a
Harris MW-5 transmitter.
With the diminishing reach and appeal of AM looming, the station
sought to lower power to 3.1 kW in 1998; they got that lower power
running in 2002.
Through the years the station has likely always played country
music. From the mid-70's through about the mid-80's, the Broadcasting Yearbook also
noted that the station played some MOR (Middle of the Road) music, but
that has never been independently verified.
The station received a construction permit for a new FM translator on
101.1 MHz in January, 2018.