FM Technical Profile: WPHH
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- Station Name:
- The Joy FM
On the south side of Liberty Church Road, between County Roads 19
and 23, southeast of Hope Hull.
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view] Located in midtown Montgomery along Adrian Lane at the
- Power (ERP):
- 4.4 kW
3.4 kW (CP)
- Antenna HAAT:
- 381 feet
440 feet (CP)
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
map, from the FCC. (CP)
Text-Helping you find JOY in Montgomery!
- More Information:
for The Joy FM Alabama network of stations
RDS display data as shown on a Mazda OEM stereo,
- Radio Training
- This station
started out on 93.5 as a Class A. It was part of the WGEA
AM-FM combo in Geneva and put on the air around 27 June 1969 and was
mostly programmed separate from the AM, except for some popular
morning programming. Jimmy Helms was the General Manager until his
death in 1980 at which time his wife Joan became General Manager.
- In 1987,
WGEA AM and FM were sold to Shelley Broadcasting, owned by Jack
Mizell of Ozark. Jack owned the 105.7 FM station in Troy at
the time, which at the time was called WRJM. As he was in the
process of buying this station, he sold the Troy station to New
South Broadcasting out of Dothan, but kept the calls to that station
and put them here. There's been some mystery associated with
Mizell and these calls; speculation is that they may have stood for
Rita and Jack Mizell, Rita being his sister. Another story
says he wanted WJRM for "Just the Right Music" but that was
unavailable. Yet another says he wanted WHJM but it was taken,
so he changed the H to an R for no reason at all. The
station's large coverage area of the mostly-rural Wiregrass region
of Alabama was meant to help attract ad sales for the ill-fated
Country Crossing bingo hall near Dothan.
- Back in
the early 2000's the static RDS call sign / station name ID tag
showed __WDFM__. It was shown in a few RDS guides with that call
sign, despite being WRJM, legally. The last time I saw an RDS signal
from this station was a few years ago but it still said WDFM. Go
figure. This station played mostly beautiful music during this
period, with "The Rose" as a slogan. In November of 2002 it switched
to an all talk format, with bits of Christian music scattered on
Sunday's schedule. In 2001 the station added a TV channel as well,
with the same calls, with UPN affiliation
- In 2008 the station was
sold (again) to Holliday Broadcasting. The first time they
were known as New South. This station flipped to country in
September 2008, with several ex-employees of WTVY at the
controls. The talk radio moved to WDBT 105.3, which aired a
classic country format. The WRJM calls are being dropped for
WUSD (U.S. country Dothan, I suppose). It's interesting to
note that the RDS, which for so long carried the wrong calls,
switched to "US 93" and format code "Country" before the
flip from talk. Guess they are antsy about the changes!
mid-July 2009 the station changed city of license from Geneva to
Hartford. That same month the station dropped the "US 93"
moniker for "Kickin'". In May 2011 the station flipped from
country to a talk simulcast with WDBT Headland, due to low
ratings. At the time, the Dothan market had four country
outlets vying for a piece of the pie. The simulcast ended in
late December 2011 when WDBT went country, leaving the talk to
WUSD. WUSD eventually took on the WDBT calls, as well.
- In November 2014 a big
series of changes was put in to motion in the Dothan area, culminating
with this station receiving a construction permit to move to Hope
Hull, a small unincorporated community just south of Montgomery.
The station will once again wind up on 93.5 MHz, just as it was when
it was in the early days as a Geneva station. As part of the
move, WDJR will re-license from Enterprise to Hartford, WAAO in
Andalusia will be forced to change from 103.7 to 93.7 and WLDA in Fort
Rucker will go up a class and increase its coverage area.
- On 12 October 2015
the station dropped the WDBT calls long associated with the talk
format for the WLDA calls from Fort Rucker-licensed 103.9 MHz.
That station took the WDBT calls and talk format that were here.
- The station's plan to
return to the air in March or April of 2016 was delayed significantly
due to some administrative issues, and it was finally put on the air
(albeit temporarily, with a program test) until the end of September
2016. Reports from the area say it's airing a 60's and 70's hits
format and using the WPHH calls, which became the official calls on 5
October 2016. The station was reported off after just a day or
two of testing; a license to cover was filed in early October 2016,
but a remain silent authority request was granted one month
later. The station may be planning to simulcast WHPH Jemison "The Peach" when it returns to the
air in the summer of 2017. In mid-October 2017 the station
sprung back to life, with the same programming as WHPH.
The station was sold to Radio Training Network for $450,000 in June
2018. They flipped it to their Christian Contemporary "The Joy
FM" shortly after filing for the purchase.
In February 2022 the station applied to change to 106.3 MHz with 1.2
kW, from the site in northeast Montgomery where several existing
stations are located. The application would require
short-spacing protection to the (then-empty) Maplesville allocation on
the same frequency. Of interest is the technical exhibit
continually referred to Hope Hull as "Hull Hope", which is not the
right name for the unincorporated community. After multiple
objections and a change to 106.5 MHz, at 3400 watts from the WCOV-TV
tower in south central Montgomery, the FCC granted the application in
early January 2023.