AM Technical Profile: WMCJ
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- Business Talk,
[bird's eye: view
1 | view
view] On the north side of Warnke Road NW in Cullman, just
west of US-31 (2nd Avenue NW). Co-located with WFMH.
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 5 kW
- Night: 500 watts
- Day: 1 tower
- Night: 2 towers [pattern
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour
from the FCC's Public Files
Owned by Jimmy Dale Media, LLC
- This station
dates back to March 25th, 1950, when it came on the air
as WFMH on 1300 kHz with a Raytheon RA-1000 transmitter. It was put
on the air by L. E. Duffey and B. C. Eddins (The Voice of
Cullman). The studios at debut were at 206 Second Avenue in
downtown Cullman, and the transmitter site was just off State
Highway 112. At launch the station was a daytimer with 1
Early to the FM game, the owners launched an FM companion station,
WFMH-FM, on 101.1 MHz the same year the AM debuted.
The station changed over to 1460 kHz and got a boost to 5 kW in the
summer of 1955.
The station added 500 watts of night power in 1960, and built a
directional antenna array at the current transmit location to
accomplish the task. The facility didn't go on the air until
1962. An RCA 5DX was pressed into service at this time.
For whatever reason, the company that owned this AM and its sister
FM never listed the format for the stations in the Broadcasting
Yearbook until 1992, when it was shown to be a mix of
Country, Gospel and Adult Contemporary, and still simulcasting with
The FM got a big coverage boost in the late 90's, and split off from
the AM finally, to do its own country thing. Around that time,
the AM went Southern Gospel. It's around this time that the
license passed to the General Manager of the station, B. C. Eddins
(As Eddins Broadcasting).
Catholic radio owners Queen of Peace Broadcasting bought the station
in 2002 and installed their religious programming on the
station. The WFMH calls and gospel music moved to AM 1340,
which had been WXXR. This station became WMCJ. They sold
the station to Walton E. Williams Communications in 2005, who put on
black gospel programming as "Solid Gospel 1460". This had been
heard previously on the aforementioned AM 1340.
- The station has
been off the air several times in 2009 due to still using the same
transmitter from the 50's. In late 2009, a pending ownership
change to Jimmy Dale Burgess was in progress; he planned to repair
the station and put it back on with a news/talk format. Early
November 2010 has this station re-emerging as "Business Talk
1460". In the summer of 2011 it has been listed as an
affiliate of the new Yahoo! Sports Network, but has also been
reported as silent for much of 2011.
As of April 2018, the exact status and/or programming of this
station is not known.