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City Metropolis, Illinois
Broadcast area Paducah, Kentucky
Branding Rock 98.3
Frequency 98.3 MHz
First air date 1984 (as WRIK)
Format Classic rock
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 213 meters (699 ft)
Class C1
Facility ID 63817
Transmitter coordinates 36°45′9.00″N 88°29′58.00″W / 36.7525000°N 88.4994444°W / 36.7525000; -88.4994444Coordinates: 36°45′9.00″N 88°29′58.00″W / 36.7525000°N 88.4994444°W / 36.7525000; -88.4994444
Former callsigns WRIK (1982-1987)
WRIK-FM (1987-2012)
Owner Sun Media, Inc.
Sister stations WRIK, WIBV, WKRO, KLUE, KZMA
Webcast Listen Live
Website Rock983.com

WJLI (98.3 FM, "Rock 98.3") is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock format.[1] Licensed to Metropolis, Illinois, United States, the station is currently owned by Sun Media, Inc., also known as Stratemeyer Media and is located inside Kentucky Oaks Mall in Paducah, KY.


The station was assigned the call sign WRIK on April 6, 1982. On October 6, 1987, the call sign was altered to WRIK-FM. The station previously used to broadcast from the old Massac Theatre in Metropolis, Illinois. WRIK initially was a "class A" station with a signal covering Paducah, Kentucky and Metropolis, Illinois primarily. WRIK was extended a construction permit to move its transmitter location to the south and expand its signal coverage with a "class C1" license in the early 1990s. The station currently serves portions of Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Southeast Missouri and West Tennessee from a tower located in Graves County, Kentucky near the community of Golo.[2]

On December 26, 2012, WRIK-FM rebranded as Jelli 98.3, keeping its Hot AC format, and changed its call sign to the current WJLI, and added 6 hours of user-controlled content per day, from 6PM-12M 7 days a week.[3]

On November 6, 2013 WJLI changed their format to classic rock (keeping the "Jelli 98.3" branding), filling the classic rock void in the Paducah KY market 5 days after WQQR 94.7 FM began stunting with Christmas music.[4] The first song played was Europe (band)'s "Final Countdown".

On June 26, 2014, following Jelli's radio closure announcement,[5] WJLI rebranded as Rock 98.3.

The station is an affiliate of the syndicated Pink Floyd program "Floydian Slip."

Current Line-Up[edit]

As of November 2016 the on-air line-up for Rock 98.3 is as follows:


  • The Brew Crew, with Reed & JC 5a-9a
  • Chuck 9a-2p
  • Dale Matthews 2p-7p
  • Jim "By God" Coda 7p-Midnight
  • Rick Midnight-5a



  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Summer 2009. Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  2. ^ "WJLI Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Jelli Headed For Paducah". Radio Insight. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  4. ^ http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/86604/wjli-fills-classic-rock-void-in-paducah/
  5. ^ http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/89236/jelli-to-shut-down-user-controlled-platform/

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