WBHJ


WBHJ

Infobox Radio station
name = WBHJ
city = Midfield, Alabama


area = Birmingham, Alabama
branding = "95.7 Jamz"
slogan = "Birmingham's #1 for Hip-Hop and R&B", "Bangin' 95 Minutes of Music All the Time"
airdate = 1958
frequency = 95.7 MHz HD Radio
format = Urban Contemporary Hit Radio
erp = 12,000 watts
haat = 306 meters
class = C2
facility_id = 730
owner = Cox Broadcasting
licensee = Cox Radio, Inc.
sister_stations = WAGG, WBHK, WBPT, WNCB, WPSB, WZZK
webcast = [http://www.streamaudio.com/stations/asx/WBHJ_FM.asx Listen Live]
website = http://957jamz.com/
former_callsigns = WTBC-FM (1958-?) WUOA {?-1984) WFFX {1984-1996)
callsign_meaning = W BirmingHam's Jamz|

WBHJ (95.7 FM, "95.7 Jamz") is an Urban-formatted radio station that serves Birmingham, Alabama. In 2005, it also began broadcasting in IBOC digital radio, using the HD Radio system from iBiquity. It is owned by Cox Radio Holdings along with six other stations in the market. Its transmitter is located atop Red Mountain in Birmingham.

History

95.7 originally came on the air in 1958 as WTBC-FM, a Tuscaloosa station that was a companion to WTBC (AM) "News/Talk 1230" with transmitter on 15th Street. As WTBC-FM, the station was just a placeholder for the AM station, playing a stack of MOR format LP's on a turntable. A contributor who worked at WTBC-AM notes that when the stack of records was finished, it just started playing over! Station IDs weren't done regularly because they were done by the often-forgetful AM jocks. The program director would go live for a few hours each night and was probably the only live person on the air daily. It later became WUOA (University of Alabama), an adult contemporary-formatted college radio station. Another change occurred in 1984 with the calls switching to WFFX, "95.7 the Fox", and the addition of modern rock.

It then moved into the Birmingham market in the 1990s, and was during that period the transmitter moved to a taller tower near Vance. On July 15, 1996, the calls were changed to WBHJ and the format of the station to "95.7 Jamz", an Urban-formatted radio station that disguises as a rhythmic.cite web |title=Call Sign History |url=http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=730&Callsign=WBHJ |work=FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database]

In November 2004, after years of being plagued by an inadequate signal into its primary listening area of Birmingham, the station applied for a construction permit to FCC to move its transmitter from Vance to Red Mountain. In June 2005 the station completed a move to boost its signal in the Birmingham market by getting relicensed to the Birmingham suburb of Midfield and moving its transmitter site from rural Bibb County (near Vance) to Red Mountain, where the other high-power Birmingham stations are located. Although the move required a reduction in power from 100 kilowatts to just 12.2 kilowatts, the move has provided a strong signal to listeners in the immediate market area.

Station management

* General Manager: David DuBose
* Program Director: Mary K
* Music Director: Homie

References

External links

* [http://957jamz.com/ 95.7 Jamz WBHJ official website]
*FMQ|WBHJ
*FML|WBHJ
*FMARB|WBHJ



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