AM Technical Profile: WRJX
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view] On Industrial Bypass, just east of US-43, before Bridal
- Power (ERP):
- Day: 1 kW
- Night: 1 kW
- Day: 1 tower
0.5 mV/m Daytime
Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's
Street View imagery of the studios for WHOD, WBMH and WRJX.
Owned by Pine City Radio
// W296DX Jackson (CP
- This station
started out on 1290 in 1950 with the calls WPBB as a 1 kW daytimer.
Then they changed to WTHG (for the owner, T.
In 1963 the station was sold to Jackson Broadcasting, who spawned an
FM sister station (WTHG-FM). A few years later, it became
WHOD (Heart Of Dixie).
In 1966, the station and its FM sister were sold to Rowdy
McGee. The Vogel-Ellington
Corporation got the station in the early 70's. The station
moved to 1230 kHz in the mid-70's to go full time, with 1 kW
days and 250 watts after sundown. During these early years
the station appears to have had a typical small town format of
local information, country, black-oriented programming and
more. The FM simulcast with this station for much of the
day. By 1980, the FM was simulcasting the AM fulltime, and
both had a MOR (middle of the road) format. By
'82 or '83 the stations were doing country music full
time. Around 1990
the stations had a mix of rock and country music, and
eventually morphed into a mix of adult contemporary and
oldies, before settling on classic rock by the mid-90's. Around this time, ownership
of the stations was in the hands of Bennie Hewitt,
who later operated under the name Capital
The station appears to have won a permit in 1996
that would have seen the station change to 1190 kHz,
with 10 kW days and 300 watts night. Oddly, it
would have been a two site operation, with the day
tower out in the sticks north of Gainestown on Fools
Acre Road, well north of Jackson, and the night site
located in the city limits of Jackson itself.
Perhaps seeing the futility of such an endeavor, the
permit was eventually returned to the FCC.
the year 2000, the longtime simulcast between the AM and FM were
broken off when this station flipped to a news/talk format, which
only lasted a year before reverting to music with a "Music of Your
Life" nostalgia format. By 2002, the calls had changed to
WRJX. Nostalgia was another short-lived format, as 2003 saw
the format changed to black gospel.
In more recent times, the station found its way back to
standards. Bennie Hewitt's Capital Assets sold this station,
along with WBMH and WHOD, for $500,000 to Jason Kyzer's Kyzer
Communications (as "Radio Center of Jackson, Inc.), in March 2017.
Kyzer took the all his area stations off the air in mid-November
2017, and later filed for bankruptcy.
In early Februrary 2018 it was announced that Thomas A. Butts' Pine
City Radio would be acquiring the former Kyzer stations for
$200,000, from the bankruptcy trustee Terrie S. Owens. It is
planned to return the stations to the air via LMA before the
purchase is complete. Shortly after the announcement, the
station received a new construction permit for a companion FM
translator on 107.1 MHz. The two sister FMs to this station
(WHOD and WBMH) resumed operations shortly after the sale was
announced; this station remains off air as of the start of April
As of June 2019, the FCC has cancelled the license due to the
station being off the air for an extended amount of time and failing
to respond to an FCC inquiry. A few months later, the
translator's permit was also cancelled.