WJBC-FM

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WJBC-FM
WJBC stationLogo.png
City of license Pontiac, Illinois
Broadcast area Bloomington-Normal
Slogan The Voice of Central Illinois
Frequency 93.7 MHz
First air date June 1969 (1969-06)[1]
Format simulcast of 1230 WJBC (AM)
ERP 12,000 watts
HAAT 144 meters (472 ft)
Class B1
Facility ID 37818
Transmitter coordinates 40°45′27.1″N 88°37′40.2″W / 40.757528°N 88.627833°W / 40.757528; -88.627833Coordinates: 40°45′27.1″N 88°37′40.2″W / 40.757528°N 88.627833°W / 40.757528; -88.627833 (NAD83)
Callsign meaning from WJBC (AM)
Former callsigns WTRX-FM (2003–2010)
WJEZ (1984–2003)
WPOK-FM (1969 - 1984)
Former frequencies 103.1 MHz (1969 - 1990s)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
Sister stations WBNQ, WBWN, WJBC (AM), WJEZ
Webcast Web player
Website www.wjbc.com

WJBC-FM is an FM radio station licensed on 93.7 for Pontiac, Illinois in the Bloomington-Normal market. It is the only remaining commercial station licensed to Pontiac. As of 2011, it simulcasts the News/Talk format of sister station 1230 WJBC (AM) in Bloomington, also owned by Cumulus Media, which purchased the station from Townsquare Media.[2]

WJBC-FM now simulcasts the Illinois State Redbirds, however due to previous broadcast arrangements, the station is the Bloomington home of the Illinois Fighting Illini. WJBC-FM also airs the St. Louis Cardinals exclusively whenever its AM counterpart, WJBC (AM), carries its high school football coverage.

History[edit]

The station went in the air in July 1969, and by 1975 had 3000 watts on 103.1 MHz using the callsign WPOK-FM, simulcasting its sister station 1080 WPOK (AM), also in Pontiac.[3] WPOK-FM changed its callsign to WJEZ in November 1984;[4] the AM station eventually went off the air sometime in the 1990s.[5] WJEZ was a modern country station by 1989,[1] and received authorization to move from 103.1 MHz to 93.7 MHz in the early 1990s.[6]

In 2003, the WJEZ callsign was moved to sister station 98.9 at Dwight, Illinois; that station still remains WJEZ as of 2010. 93.7 became WTRX-FM, a classic rock station with the nickname "Thunder 93.7 WTRX". It then became "WTRX, The Oldies Channel", from the name of the Westwood One's music network format it used; the music network was purchased by Dial Global and WTRX-FM began using Dial Global's Kool Gold format, except during mornings.[citation needed]

In 2010, the station changed its callsign to WJBC-FM and began simulcasting sister station 1230 WJBC (AM) from Bloomington.

Past Logos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Broadcasting/Cable Yearbook (1989 ed.). p. B-96. 
  2. ^ "Cumulus, Townsquare Swap Involves 65 Stations, 13 Markets, $116 Million Cash" from All Access (April 30, 2012)
  3. ^ Broadcasting/Cable Yearbook (1975 ed.). p. C-60. 
  4. ^ FCC callsign history. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  5. ^ 1080 WPOK (AM) at Pontiac was FCC facility ID 37822; see Application Search Results. Its license was surrendered on 24 March 1998 and deleted on 18 June 1998, per FCC file number BR-19960724YV.
  6. ^ Federal Communications Commission file BPH-19920421IF. Retrieved 2010-09-23.

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