|Broadcast area||Birmingham, Alabama|
|First air date||November 2, 1946|
|Power||12,000 watts day
42 watts night
|Former callsigns||WWWB (1946–1988)
(Richardson Broadcasting Corporation)
WIXI (1360 AM, "La Jefa") is a radio station licensed to serve the community of Jasper, Alabama, USA. The station, established in 1946 as WWWB, is currently owned and operated by Gary Richardson, through licensee Richardson Broadcasting Corporation.
This station began licensed broadcasting with 250 watts of power on 1240 kHz on November 2, 1946, as WWWB. Under the ownership of Bankhead Broadcasting Company, Inc., WWWB was the first radio station licensed to Jasper, Alabama. The station's call letters were chosen to match the initials of Bankhead Broadcasting Company owner W.W. Bankhead.
In 1975, the station moved its studios to a house at 409 Ninth Avenue in Jasper that had been owned by auto dealer George Vines during the 1950s. According to station personnel, Vines' ghost haunted the station for most of the three decades it occupied the house.
In March 1986, Tri-W Broadcasting, Inc., reached an agreement to sell WWWB, to SIS Sound, Inc. The deal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission on June 4, 1986, and the transaction was consummated on October 28, 1986.
On November 15, 1997, William A. Grant Jr., the owner of WZPQ license holder SIS Sound, Inc., died. In March 1998, control of the company passed involuntarily to his sons William A. Grant III and Walter B. Grant. The transfer of control was approved by the FCC on May 21, 1998, and the transaction was consummated on the same day.
In July 1999, SIS Sound, Inc., reached an agreement to sell WZPQ to James T. Lee for a reported sale price of $100,000. The deal was approved by the FCC on August 24, 1999, and the transaction was consummated on September 1, 1999.
In October 2006, James T. Lee reached an agreement to sell WIXI to Walker Broadcasting Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on November 14, 2006, and the transaction was consummated on December 1, 2006.
In June 2008, Walker Broadcasting Inc. reached an agreement to transfer WIXI back to James T. Lee in exchange for the forgiveness of an unspecified debt. The deal was approved by the FCC on July 28, 2008, and the transaction was consummated on September 3, 2008.
On September 9, 2008, James T. Lee reached an agreement to sell WIXI to Snavely Broadcasting Company LLC (David Snavely, managing member) for a reported $199,500. The deal was approved by the FCC on October 27, 2008, and consummation of the transaction occurred December 9, 2008.
In January 2010, acting on engineering data filed with the FCC, WIXI increased its daytime power to 12,000 watts. It began using the slogan, "Walker County's Most Powerful Radio Station." WIXI carried locally produced shows, "The People's Viewpoint," a politically oriented talk show, and "Talking Walker County," a Jasper-area current and civic variety show. These programs were produced by Bishop Media. The station acquired broadcast rights for the Auburn Tigers in 2010, and was the flagship station for the local Cordova Blue Devils.
The station was sold from Snavely Broadcasting to Rivera Broadcasting in November 2012, and dropped its longtime Classic Country format for its current programming in January 2013. The station was again sold, this time to Gary Richardson's Richardson Broadcasting Corporation, in exchange for WAYE; Rivera Broadcasting also included $275,000 in the transaction, which was consummated on April 11, 2014.
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