|City of license||Humboldt, Tennessee|
|Broadcast area||Jackson, Tennessee|
|First air date||July 5, 1972|
|Power||420 watts (day-only)|
|Former callsigns||WHMT (?-2006)
WJPJ (1190 FM) is an American radio station licensed to serve Humboldt, Tennessee. The station's broadcast license is held by Joy Christian Communications, Inc., but as of December 1, 2011[update], a sale is pending to Palmer Johnson, Inc. The station was established in 1972 as "WHMT".
Authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast only during daylight hours, the station signs off each night at sunset to protect the signals of KEX in Portland, Oregon, and XEWK in Guadalajara, Jalisco, from skywave interference.
From August 2006 until falling silent on November 16, 2009, the station then licensed as "WLLI" broadcast a classic country music format branded as "Willie 1190" with some of the station's programming provided by Citadel Media.
The station returned to the air on August 26, 2010, with new call sign "WHUN" to broadcast a gospel music format branded as "Joy Christian Radio" to the greater Jackson, Tennessee, area. The station fell silent again on December 1, 2011, for financial reasons and a sale to Palmer Johnson, Inc., is awaiting consummation.
This station began regular broadcast operations on July 5, 1972, as "WHMT" with 500 watts of power on a frequency of 1190 kilohertz and licensed to serve the community of Humboldt, Tennessee. The station was owned and operated by Communications Associates, Inc., and broadcast a country & western music format throughout the 1970s.
In September 1982, license holder Communications Associates, Inc., agreed to sell WHMT to R.B. Management Corporation. The transaction was formally consummated on November 9, 1982. This arrangement would prove short-lived as in January 1984, R.B. Management Corporation applied to transfer the broadcast license to Boyd Enterprises, Inc., owned by F. Darrell Boyd. The FCC approved the deal on March 1, 1984, and formal consummation took place on May 15, 1984.
In October 1988, station management filed a petition with the FCC to reduce their broadcast power from 500 to 420 watts and increase the height of their broadcast antenna. This move would allow the station to cover the same geographic area with lower electricity costs. The FCC granted the station a construction permit for these changes on January 10, 1989, with a scheduled expiration date of July 10, 1990. However, construction was completed before the end of January 1989 and the WHMT applied for a new broadcast license to cover these changes. The FCC granted the station the revised license on August 22, 1989.
In April 2006, Boyd Enterprises, Inc., reached an agreement to sell WHMT and sister stations WLSZ and WLSQ-FM to Forever Communications, Inc., subsidiary Forever South Licenses, LLC, for a combined sale price of $1.3 million. In addition, Boyd Enterprises would receive $80,000 per year for 10 years in return for agreeing to a non-compete clause. The FCC approved the sale on June 7, 2006 and the deal was formally consummated on July 31, 2006. The new owners had the FCC assign the station call sign "WLLI" on November 1, 2006, to match the "Willie 1190" branding of the station's new classic country music format.
On November 16, 2009, WLLI's signal went dark for financial reasons, with the license holder asserting that the station's expenses "far out weigh the very little revenue it generates". Predicting a lengthy shutdown, the station applied to the FCC for special temporary authority to remain silent. This authority was granted on November 20, 2009, with a scheduled expiration of May 19, 2010. The local programming aired on WLLI was moved to co-owned WTJW (94.3 FM).
The station swapped call signs with Forever Communications-owned WHUN in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, on February 8, 2010. The Pennsylvania station began carrying a country music format branded as "Willie 1150 AM" while the Tennessee station sat silent and seeking new ownership.
Citing the financial effects of the late-2000s recession, in July 2010, Forever South Licenses, LLC, contracted to donate the WHUN broadcast license to the nonprofit organization Joy Christian Communications, Inc. The FCC approved the transfer on September 3, 2010, and the deal was formally consummated on September 13, 2010. The station resumed normal broadcast operations on August 26, 2010, with new owners, a new call sign, and a new gospel music format.
However, Joy Christian Communications' tenure as owner of WHUN was short-lived as in June 2011 they agreed to sell the station to Palmer Johnson, Inc., a company "100% owned" by Emry Palmer "P.J." Johnson, for a total price of $10,000. The sale was approved by the FCC on December 1, 2011, and as of December 10, 2011[update], is awaiting formal consummation. Johnson also owns WTRB (1570 AM) in Ripley, Tennessee.
With the sale nearing completion, WHUN management notified the FCC on November 8, 2011, that the station would be signing off temporarily for financial reasons starting December 1, 2011, and sought special temporary authority to remain silent. The FCC granted this authority on November 30, 2011, with a scheduled expiration of May 28, 2012.
On June 1, 2012, the station changed call signs once again, taking on the identifier "WJPJ".
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