FM Technical Profile: WYDE
- Station Name:
- Religious Music
eye] Alabama 261, approx. 1/2 mile north of Walker County
line, near the Gardenia Lane turnoff.
- Power (ERP):
- 2.2 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 548 feet.
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- (inactive - 05-24-2012)
- HD-2: WDJC,
- HD-3: WXJC,
Street View imagery of the Crawford Broadcasting studios on Summit
Parkway in Homewood.
- // WYDE
- J.T. Roberts, a Birmingham-area dance
club owner, won a new construction permit for a station licensed to
the town of Dora, in August 1996. His station signed on in
January 1998 as WZJT, a Top 40/Dance hybrid formatted station with
studios in a small building on US Highway 78 just outside of
Dora. The slogan was "Party Radio Z-92.5". The weak signal
kept it from making any inroads in Birmingham. To compensate for
the puny signal in the city, the processing was cranked up to the max,
resulting in a fatiguing, compressed sound. Roughly two years
after debuting, the station was sold to Queen of Peace Radio, Inc.,
for $750,000. They flipped the format to Catholic Religious
programming, a rarity at the time. Content came from
Birmingham's own EWTN. In April 2000, the calls became WQOP
(Queen Of Peace).
- In May 2004 the Birmingham News
reported the station was sold to Crawford Broadcasting. Shortly after
acquisition, the station began simulcasting WXJC-AM. Crawford has
changed the calls to WXJC-FM (as well as WDJC-AM to WXJC-AM).
The city of license was changed from Dora to Cordova in the spring of
2005. This was done in part to facilitate some changes to other
stations across central Alabama, allowing for some upgrades and
frequency changes to take place elsewhere. The station also
began broadcasting in the iBiquity HD digital scheme around this time.
The call sign changed to WPHC in February 2006, a portend of changes
to come. In May the format flipped to a secular Country format
and the station re-branded as "Positive Hit Country". The format
morphed to a Christian Country format in October.
Crawford flipped their FM talker WYDE-FM "The Source" to an oldies
format in July 2007, displacing all of their local talk talent.
Some of them migrated to WXJC (AM) and this station went back into a
simulcast for the second time, as WXJC-FM.
A transmitter issue caused the loss of the HD broadcasts in 2012;
although they were expected to be back by 2016, it's unclear if they
ever returned and as of the fall of 2018, the station is analog-only.
In early November
2018, Crawford decided to once again end the talk radio format on
WYDE-FM. This time, they decided to move WXJC's programming
(and calls) to that FM outlet. That occurred on midnight 5
November 2018. The Cullman station became WXJC-FM, and this
station became WYDE-FM. This station entered into a simulcast
with 1260 AM (WYDE) and the format of both stations flipped to