WDJC-FM

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WDJC-FM
WDJC-FM logo.png
City Birmingham, Alabama
Broadcast area Birmingham and north-central Alabama
Branding 93.7 WDJC
Slogan Music that Matters
Frequency 93.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) 99.1 W256CD (Fultondale, relays HD3)
First air date 1940s (as WSGN-FM)
Format Contemporary Christian
HD2: Talk (WYDE-FM simulcast)
HD3: Sports "99.1 The Game" (NBC Sports Radio)[1][2]
ERP 99,000 watts
HAAT 307 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 34819
Callsign meaning Witness Daily for Jesus Christ[3]
or Donald J. Crawford, president of Crawford Broadcasting Company[4]
Former callsigns WSGN-FM (1940s-1950s)
WSFM (1950s-1967)
WDJC (1967-1978)
Owner Crawford Broadcasting Company
(Kimtron, Inc.)
Sister stations WXJC, WXJC-FM, WYDE, WYDE-FM
Webcast Listen Live
http://www.mainstreamnetwork.com/listen/player.asp?station=game-fm (HD3)
Website wdjconline.com
http://www.991thegame.com (HD3)

WDJC-FM (93.7 FM) is a radio station licensed to Birmingham, Alabama. The station was one of the first commercial FM radio stations in the United States to exclusively feature Christian programming. Today the station programs contemporary Christian music. Crawford Broadcasting Company owns WDJC-FM.[4] The transmitter tower is in Southwest Birmingham, and its studios are located in Homewood.

History[edit]

The initial call letters of WDJC-FM were WSGN-FM. The station signed on in the 1940s, and was originally owned by the parent company of The Birmingham News, and it was the sister station of one of the more popular AM radio stations in Birmingham. In 1953, the parent company of The News purchased WAFM-TV, WAPI and WAFM-FM and was forced to sell WSGN-AM and FM. Because FM radio was in its infancy, and as such neither popular nor profitable, the station was sold later in the 1950s and became WSFM, featuring a classical music format.

In 1967, WSFM owner James Melonas, who struggled through most of his ownership to get advertisers to sponsor classical music programming, sold the frequency to Crawford Broadcasting Company. With its new call letters, WDJC, the station changed formats and began broadcasting Christian programming. Initially, the programming consisted of Bible studies, church services and other Christian teaching; by the mid-1970s, some contemporary Christian music was added to the programming mix (it is believed that only Huntsville's now-defunct WNDA—now WRTT-FM—was the only other station in the state to do so at the time).[citation needed] At about the same time, a nightly program featuring Southern gospel music, the Dixie Gospel Caravan, was added. This programming strategy continued well into the 1990s.

After an AM sister station was named WDJC, this station was assigned the WDJC-FM call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on December 4, 1978.[5] On December 1, 1981, the station resumed its former WDJC call letters.[5] The station was reassigned the current WDJC-FM call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on June 3, 1994.[5]

In 1998, WDJC-FM dropped the non-music elements of its programming. WFMH-FM in Cullman was purchased by a group of Birmingham investors with the purpose of launching a station that would play contemporary Christian music 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Initially, the new station, rebranded as WRRS-FM proved to be a challenger to WDJC-FM; in reaction to the challenge, WDJC-FN began to play contemporary Christian music exclusively. Within three years, WRRS changed formats; ironically, Crawford Broadcasting bought the competing station in 2003 and changed its format to talk radio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/156426/99-1-the-game-birmingham-debuts
  2. ^ https://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/107663/99-1-the-game-debuts-in-birmingham/
  3. ^ Nelson, Bob (2008-10-18). "Call Letter Origins". The Broadcast Archive. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  4. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (June 5–12, 2002). "A Quick Jaunt Through Birmingham, Alabama". Tower Site of the Week. 
  5. ^ a b c "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 

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Coordinates: 33°26′35″N 86°52′52″W / 33.443°N 86.881°W / 33.443; -86.881