WBHP (defunct)

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WBHP (1610 AM) was a short-lived low-power radio station that operated in Honea Path, South Carolina. Broadcasting began on December 25, 2000, and ended in Honea Path on August 18, 2001, when the station relocated. The station played urban and hip-hop music with religious music on Sundays.

WBHP then moved its location to Anderson, South Carolina. It began broadcasting from Anderson on September 1, 2001, and changed its call letters from WBHP to WJIA. WJIA provided constant coverage on September 11, 2001 during the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks. WJIA stayed on the air until May 2002.

Operation schedule[edit]

Monday through Friday: 3:30 P.M. - 10:45 P.M.

Saturday: 11:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.; 5:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M.

Sunday: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. (religious); 3:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

WJIA on 9/11[edit]

September 11, 2001 started out as an ordinary day at the station. The station was not due to go on air until later that afternoon. The station manager was in the studio doing routine checks on equipment when disaster struck. Upon seeing the devastation on TV, the station manager immediately put the station on the air with live news coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In the days that followed 9/11, WJIA stayed on the air for about 20 hours each day providing coverage and condolences.

WJIA/WBHP programming[edit]

WJIA's United We Stand Campaign (9/11/01 until 10/1/01): This was a talk show that provided coverage of the attacks.

News Channel 7 (1/1/01 until 8/18/01): Newscasts on WSPA aired at 5, 5:30, and 6 P.M. weekdays and 6 P.M. on weekends.

WYFF News 4 (9/1/01 until 5/25/02): Newscasts on WYFF aired at 5, 5:30, and 6 P.M. weekdays and 6 P.M. on weekends.

Jammin' 10 at 10 (1/10/01 until 5/25/02): This was a nightly radio show in which the Top Ten songs were counted down, from 10 to 1. This show aired at 10 P.M. on weeknights.

Weather Channel Weather (12/25/00 until 5/25/02): This was the station's weather segment, provided by The Weather Channel, which aired during commercial breaks. This segment aired 7 days a week.

Call sign meanings[edit]

W Belton Honea Path

W Jammin In Anderson

Station range[edit]

WBHP

WJIA

Call sign controversy[edit]

WBHP's management team was not aware of heritage station WBHP (AM) in Huntsville, Alabama, when they submitted their request for said call letters to the FCC. WBHP received the go-ahead from the FCC on December 10, 2000, and began broadcasting fifteen days later. It was not until WBHP had ended broadcasting in Honea Path that it received notification from the FCC that its call letters were pending a change to WJIA for its new Anderson location. It was because of these errors with the FCC that WJIA management ultimately decided to end broadcasting altogether in 2002 to avoid lawsuits and any other legal troubles with any station that may have possibly had the same call letters.