FM Technical Profile: WLJS

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Station Name:
92 J
College, Modern Rock, Public Radio: NPR Talk
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Located at the end of Chimney Peak Tower Road, just a little east and north of the city of Jacksonville and the university campus. Co-located with WJCK.
Power (ERP):
Antenna HAAT:
1,024 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
// W251BV Gadsden
// W271CE Oxford
Jacksonville State University
In the summer of 1974, the Board of Trustees of Jacksonville State University applied for a new noncommercial educational FM station.  The initial grant, approved by the FCC in Feburary 1975, was for a 10 watt signal on 91.9 MHz.  The transmitter, a Wilkinson FM-10, fed a Phelps-Dodge CP-1000-3, three section antenna located atop the Houston Cole Library building on North Pelham Road.  The studios were originally located at Bibb Graves Hall, also on North Pelham Road.  The call sign, WLJS, presumably stands for We Love Jacksonville State.  The station applied for a boost in power to 3 kW in 1979, and a license to cover for that change (including antenna changes that aren't specified with FCC records) was granted in July 1981.

In 2001, the station was granted a permit to raise power to 6 kW, with the employment of a directional antenna.  Before that facility was built, however, they filed a modification to move the antenna move off the library building on campus to its current location off Chimney Peak Road northeast of the city.  That permit was granted in August 2002.  With it, the station saw a drop in power, but with a large gain in antenna height and the directional antenna, it increased the coverage area of the station by a noticeable amount.

This station has a mix of student programmed music, campus sports play-by-play and NPR news and talk programming. 

The University was granted a permit in 2013 to build a translator in Gadsden on 98.1 MHz, with 10 watts of power.  A license to cover for that facility was granted in January 2016. In January 2014, they were granted a permit for a second translator, this time in Oxford on 102.1 MHz, and again with 10 watts of power.  A license to cover for that facility was granted June 2016.