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WDJL-AM logo.png
City Huntsville, Alabama
Broadcast area Tennessee Valley
Branding WDJL Gospel Explosions 1000 AM
Slogan "Where Jesus is our JOY"
Frequency 1000 kHz
First air date October 1, 1968
Format Gospel music
Power 1100 watts (day only)
Class D
Facility ID 23088
Transmitter coordinates 34°46′47″N 86°39′16″W / 34.77972°N 86.65444°W / 34.77972; -86.65444
Former callsigns WVOV (1968-1981)
WTAK (1981-1994)[1]
Owner WDJL Gospel Explosions
(Dorothy Sandifer)
Website wdjl1000am.net

WDJL (1000 AM, "Gospel Explosions") is a daytime-only radio station licensed to Huntsville, Alabama, that serves the Tennessee Valley and surrounding areas. The station is owned by Dorothy Sandifer (doing business as WDJL Gospel Explosions). The station broadcasts a Christian radio format featuring a mix of gospel music, religious programming, and sermons.[2]

Because WDJL shares the same frequency as "clear channel" station WMVP in Chicago, Illinois, this station only broadcasts during the daytime hours.


Weekday local programming includes a mixed program of Christian music, Gospel jazz, sermons, teaching programs, and other features. Weekend programming is a mix of gospel music, sermons, and other religious programming.


From 1968 until 1979 this frequency was operated as 10,000 watt daytime-only Top 40 station WVOV, the "Voice of the Valley."[3] In 1979, the station flipped to a country music format before falling temporarily silent.[4]

WTAK logo

In May 1981 the station returned as WTAK,[1] "Take-10," with an adult contemporary format and morning team Mike Sweeney and Gary Drake. Limited by the daytime-only restrictions, the station went through several formats and owners including Oldies, Urban Fusion, and Rock/Classic rock.

In 1987 the station changed to a rock music format which it later shared with then co-owned WTAK-FM.[4] After a transition period to establish the FM home of the format, and an April 1994 callsign change to WDJL, the AM station was sold off in 1995.[1]

In October 1996, local insurance and real estate broker Keith Sharp acquired the station as part of a land deal.[5] The station flipped to an oldies music format as "Gold 1000".[5]

The station ran 10,000 watts of power in a directional pattern until 2006.

The station was purchased by Dorothy Sandifer in 2008. The name of the station was changed to WDJL Gospel Explosions, 1000 AM.


  1. ^ a b c "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  3. ^ Nelson, Bob (2008-02-02). "Call Letter Origins". The Broadcast Archive. 
  4. ^ a b "AM History Profile: WDJL". Alabama Broadcast Media Page. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  5. ^ a b Smallwood, Dean (February 23, 1997). "AM radio's 'Gold 1000' plays hits from yesterday". The Huntsville Times. p. G2. 

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