FM Technical Profile: WJSR
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91.1 The Edge
eye] Jefferson State Community College, Pinson Campus.
60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
How's the Signal?
Signal is strongest
right near the campus. Signal weakens quickly going towards Center
and Tarrant, but is much better over Pinson. Dies out before Blount
DJs are rotated
since this is a college station.
How's it sound?
The sound quality of this station varies
because of the nature of the station. Most common audio problems are
and phasing problems, otherwise the audio can be quite good. Around
2000, the station dropped its adult contemporary format and J-91
for a more college-oriented sound with the "New Hot 91.1" slogan.
2000 brought about another change, this time by a vote of Jeff State
The format moved to hard rock and alternative music, with a slogan of
Went on the air in
as a class D station with 10 watts. In 1985 saw an upgrade to
watts, with a directional antenna pointing north, away from the
University station WVSU, which is also on this frequency. The
station upgraded sometime after the mid-90's
(when I was there!) to the current 230 watts, with a directional
pointing towards Gardendale. The station ran only when
students were available, typically from 9 am to 6 pm each
weekday. During my short stint there, the music was played off
four reel-to-reel tape machines, hooked to a junction box with four
buttons. Press one button, player one plays one song.
Press the second button, the second plays one song, and so on.
The clock, designed to drill into prospective disc jockeys the mind
numbing repetition of the job, consisted of playing one song and
three or four PSAs, then back to one song. Rinse,
repeat. Most PSAs were generic national radio ads, but at
times one could hear student-produced ads. (If this sounds
incredibly boring, I suspect that was the point. Not that any
real radio stations of the mid-90s era played music from tape or
that any station ever had such an odd clock. No one excepted
the broadcasting professors listened, as I found out one night when
I dared to play two songs in a row and talk up a song. I may
have nailed the post like a wannabe pro, but I still got a phone
call chastising me. ~ Zach)
- At some point in the early
to mid-2000s, the station upgraded to 1980's technology: CD players.
With the new equipment came a new, more contemporary rock and
alternative format as "91.1 The Edge".
- Jefferson State
discontinued the radio broadcasting program and shut down the station,
most likely in the spring of 2014. The license was turned in and
FCC record deleted in July 2014. The deletion of WJSR allowed
co-channel WVSU further south in the Birmingham metro to drop their
directional antenna a few months later.