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|City||WBDX: Trenton, Georgia
WJLJ: Etowah, Tennessee
|Broadcast area||Chattanooga area|
|Slogan||Shining the Light|
|Frequency||WBDX: 102.7 MHz
WJLJ: 103.1 MHz
|ERP||WBDX: 320 watts
WJLJ: 50,000 watts
|HAAT||WBDX: 419 meters
WJLJ: 150 meters
|Facility ID||WBDX: 54445
|Owner||Partners For Christian Media, Inc.|
WBDX (102.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Contemporary Christian format. Licensed to Trenton, Georgia, USA, the station serves the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. The station is owned by Partners For Christian Media, Inc. The station is the Tennessee Valley's only local Contemporary Christian music station. WJLJ (103.1 FM), licensed to Etowah, Tennessee, airs the same programming.
History of WBDX
The station went on the air as WBDX on October 31, 1989 as a Top 40 station known as "B 103 The Outrageous FM" owned by local car dealer Herb Adcox. The studio was located in a glass box in the middle of Eastgate Mall. Throughout its early years the station was also known as "Magic 102.7" when it aired an Adult Contemporary format in the early 1990s. In January 1994 the station became "Talk 102.7" and took on a locally driven talk radio format, featuring local personalities, and the majorly popular afternoon drivetime show "Sport Talk". They kept this format until mid 1994, when "Talk 102.7" moved to 102.3. In mid-1994, WBDX flipped to classic rock known as "Fox 102", a format which had previously aired on 102.3. In early 1995 Partners For Christian Media bought WBDX. On March 4, 1995 WBDX started playing Contemporary Christian Music first under the name "102.7 The Light", but eventually they changed the name to "J103". The original J103 studio was located in a small 10x10 room within Eastgate. In 1998 J103 moved into what was actually the former home of the now defunct RX-107,(a former Contemporary Christian Music outlet in the Chattanooga area) with studios and offices in East Ridge. In October 2015 the station moved out near Hamilton Place Mall to a building on Hickory Valley rd, this move enabled J103 to begin broadcasting with state of the art digital equipment. On February 4, 1998 the station changed its call sign to WJLL, and on February 5, 1998, it changed back to WBDX. The station was originally affiliated Salem Communications to provide a large part of their on-air broadcasting. This included music programming from 7 p.m. – 6 a.m. and news. In 2005, the station dropped all Salem Communications programming and went fully local.
History of WJLJ
The station went on the air as WVKS on December 29, 1986. On August 4, 1989 the station changed its call sign to WDRZ, and its format to Contemporary Christian Music. The station was known as "SuperPower 103". In the 1990s the station was owned by a man named Dr. Grey. In mid 1994 he fired the then station managers Bob and Debbie Lubell, (who now own J103), and installed a new staff and format. The station did not do well with its new country music format and soon flipped to modern rock. This format was also short lived, and in 1997 the station started simulcasting "97 Kicks FM" out of Chattanooga. On January 20, 1998, the callsign was changed to WLLJ, and then to the current WJLJ on August 13, 2015. WJLJ operates with an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts, making the stations signal reach into the Knoxville market and upper East Tennessee and Western North Carolina area.
In 1997, "Kicks FM" was adult contemporary and simulcasting on 97.3 FM and 103.1 FM. The station was co-purchased by Partners For Christian Media, with the help of Friendship Broadcasting in late 1997 and began simulcasting WBDX in February 1998.
- "WBDX Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "WJLJ 103.1 FM". Retrieved 2010-12-13.
- "WBDX 102.7 FM". Retrieved 2010-12-13.
- "WBDX Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "WJLJ Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "Tennessee Airchecks". Retrieved 2010-12-13.