WJBX

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For the Fort Myers Beach, Florida radio station that held the call sign WJBX at 99.3 FM from 1992 to 2013, see WWCN.
WJBX
WJBX NewsTalkandMore logo.png
City North Fort Myers, Florida
Broadcast area Fort Myers, Florida
Branding WJBX News Talk
Slogan News, Talk and More
Frequency 770 kHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s) 101.5 W268AH (Bonita Springs)
104.3 W282BY (Fort Myers)
Repeater(s) WXKB 103.9-HD3
First air date 1983
Format News/Talk
Power 10,000 watts daytime
630 watts nighttime
250 watts (W282BY)
99 watts (W268AH)
Class B
Facility ID 4437
Former callsigns WVTI (1990-1991)
WRXK (6/1991-7/1991)
WWCN (1991-2013)
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Premiere Networks
Westwood One Network
CBS Radio News
Owner Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.
(Beasley Media Group, LLC)
Sister stations WJPT, WRXK-FM, WXKB, WWCN
Website wjbxnewstalk.com

WJBX (770 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station broadcasting a talk radio format. Licensed to North Fort Myers, Florida, USA, the station serves the Fort Myers media market. The station is owned by Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., through licensee Beasley Media Group, LLC. The station primarily carries nationally syndicated talk shows, including This Morning, America's First News with Gordon Deal, Brian Kilmeade, John Gibson, Dave Ramsey, Tom Sullivan and Alan Colmes. CBS Radio News is heard at the start of each hour.

WJBX broadcasts with 10,000 watts by day. But because 770 AM is a clear channel frequency reserved for Class A WABC in New York City, WJBX must reduce power at night to 660 watts to avoid interference. The transmitter is off Huffmaster Road in North Fort Myers and the studios and offices are on South Tamiami Trail in Estero, Florida.[1] In addition to its AM signal, WJBX uses two FM translators to air its programming: 104.3 W282BY in Fort Myers and 101.5 W268AH in Bonita Springs.[2]

Sports Programming[edit]

During their respective seasons, WJBX carries the Miami Marlins and Westwood One coverage of the National Football League, along with Florida Gulf Coast University basketball. The station has carried Florida Firecats football, Miami Hurricanes football, Florida Gators football and basketball, Florida State Seminoles football, Tampa Bay Rays baseball and Fort Myers Miracle baseball in the past. The station carried Florida Everblades ECHL hockey from their inception to 2009.[3]

WJBX used to broadcast NBA, Major League Baseball, and college football games from ESPN Radio. NASCAR races from Motor Racing Network and Performance Racing Network moved to the then-WWCN from WCKT in 2006. Miami Dolphins games not aired on WRXK-FM, mostly in the preseason, air on WJBX, which carried the team full-time before picking up NASCAR.

History[edit]

WJBX first signed on the air in 1983. For much of the 1990s and early 2000s, it used the call letters WWCN, originally as a news affiliate of CNN. On June 20, 2013 WWCN began simulcasting the rock music programming on WJBX 99.3 FM, swapping call letters.

On June 28, 2013 WJBX dropped its simulcast with WWCN 99.3 FM and switched to Spanish-language sports radio, with programming from the ESPN Deportes Radio Network.

On June 16, 2016 WJBX changed its format to news/talk.[4]

Technology[edit]

WJBX enjoys the largest daytime coverage area of any AM radio station in Southwest Florida. As a music station (Transtar Radio Networks' "Format 41" and Citadel Broadcasting's "Z-Rock") the station transmitted in AM stereo, using the C-QUAM system. It now incorporates HD radio technology.

Purchase of translators[edit]

It was announced on July 2, 2012 that Beasley Broadcasting would purchase the two translators from Reach Communications for $150,000, to serve as rebroadcasters for WWCN (via WRXK-HD2):[5] On June 20, 2013, these translators changed their format to alternative rock, relaying WRXK-HD2. Then in 2016, the translators began simulcasting WJBX's news-talk format.

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Coordinates: 26°53′08″N 80°05′17″W / 26.8856036°N 80.0879376°W / 26.8856036; -80.0879376