FM Technical Profile: WRJL

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Station Name:
Southern Gospel
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Along county road 55-E, just north of the Cullman-Morgan county line.
Power (ERP):
25 kW
Antenna HAAT:
318 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
ROJO, Inc.
This station dates back to an original construction permit issued in May 1996 to ROJO, Inc. (Rolland and Jo French, a husband and wife team), for a class A station on 99.9 MHz licensed to Eva. The original permit was for 6 kW at 328 feet HAAT (Height Above Average Terrain) from a site about 2 miles southeast of Eva, along County Road 55-E, just north of the Cullman-Morgan County line. A license to cover for this facility was filed in November 1999, and the station debuted with the same Southern Gospel format it has today. The owners' daughter Amy French Holland is (or was) a DJ at the station.

In 2003, the station sought an upgrade to 25 kW from their existing tower site, with a very slightly lower antenna height.  In 2004, Rolland died, leaving Jo to continue operating the station.  It's likely that the permit from 2003 was never built out, as an identical one was filed in 2004. It's unclear from FCC records whether either of these was granted or not.

The station was granted a construction permit in January 2006 to upgrade to 20 kW at 318 feet.  A license to cover for that permit was filed in February 2009.  The increased power gave them better reach into Huntsville, although it remains a rimshot signal in that market.

Joi French retired from operating the station in 2020.  She passed away in June 2022.  In August 2023 control of ROJO, Inc. was passed to Randall Edward French.