Infobox Radio Station
name = WJCL-FM
airdate = Late 1980s
frequency = 96.5 MHz
format = Country
erp = 100,000 Watts
branding = "KIX96"
slogan = "Continuous Country Favorites"
class = C1
website = http://www.kix96.com ]
callsign_meaning = Named for founder J. Curtis Lewis (W-J-C-L)
WJCL-FM (96.5 FM), known as "Kix 96", is a
radio stationin Savannah, Georgiafeaturing country music. WJCL is a 100,000 Watt FM station which serves as the secondary Emergency Alert Systemradio station for the region.
The station was founded by J. Curtis Lewis, Jr., who operated the radio station in conjunction with
WJCL-TVon the south side of Savannah, adjacent to his car dealership. The call letters are the founder's initials. Lewis, a former mayor of Savannah, sold the TV station in 1999 to Grapevine Communications. The current owner of the radio station is Cumulus Broadcasting.
For most of its history, WJCL-FM featured
easy listening musicand was managed by Savannah broadcasting pioneer Al Jennings. Jennings not only managed the station, he was a frequent on-air presence, voicing numerous commercials, sports reports, and programs featuring big band music and nostalgia. A personal friend of Savannah native son Johnny Mercer, Jennings often paid tribute to the legendary songwriter with radio shows featuring unique insights and trivia.
WJCL-FM was one of the first radio stations in the area to use an automation system to play music and commercials. During morning and afternoon drive times, live announcers were used, and the easy listening format was expanded to include adult contemporary and light rock music.
Other notable personalities on the station in its early years included Ben Mayo, host of an afternoon program called "Music with Mayo," Joe Cox, famous to a generation of Savannahians as weatherman "Cap'n Sandy," Charlie Solomons, who played drums in a local big band and featured big band music on his morning show, and Pete Preston, who was also a weathercaster on WJCL-TV. Morning and afternoon news updates were read by veteran local newscaster Richard Lantz.
* [http://kix96.com WJCL official website]
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