FM Technical Profile: WJSR
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- Station Name:
- 91.1 The Edge
eye] Jefferson State Community College, Pinson Campus.
- Power (ERP):
- 230 watts.
- Antenna HAAT:
- 194 feet.
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- How's the Signal?
- Signal is
strongest right near the campus. Signal weakens quickly going
towards Center Point and Tarrant, but is much better over Pinson.
Dies out before Blount county line.
- More Information:
- Jefferson State
- DJs are rotated
regularly since this is a college station.
- Went on the air
in 1979 as a class D station with 10 watts. In 1985 saw an
upgrade to 120 watts, with a directional antenna pointing north,
away from the Samford 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
antenna 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.