KJOJ-FM
Broadcast areaGreater Houston
Frequency103.3 MHz
Programming
FormatDefunct
Ownership
Owner
Radio: KTJM, KQQK, KEYH, KNTE
TV: KZJL
History
First air date
1987 (35 years ago) (1987)
Last air date
June 22, 2022 (2 months ago) (2022-06-22)
Former call signs
  • KGLF-FM (1985-1990)
  • KJOJ (1990-1991)
Call sign meaning
"Joy of Jesus", from previous Christian format
Technical information
Facility ID69565
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT303 m (994 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
28°48′58″N 95°36′4″W / 28.81611°N 95.60111°W / 28.81611; -95.60111 (KJOJ-FM)

KJOJ-FM (103.3 MHz) was a radio station licensed to Freeport, Texas, United States, operating as a rimshot into the Greater Houston area. It was last owned by Estrella Media and operated in tandem with KTJM (98.5 FM) in Port Arthur, with its transmitter to the east of the Houston area. The KJOJ-FM transmitter was located off Sgt. Joe Parks Memorial Highway in Sargent, Texas; studios were in Bay City.

The station began broadcasting in 1987. It operated for the vast majority of its history as a simulcast partner with KTJM, enabling greater coverage of the Houston area; both stations aired a Regional Mexican format for the last 19 years of KJOJ-FM's existence. It continued in this service until December 14, 2020, when a catastrophic tower failure felled its mast at Sargent. It never returned.

History

The FCC granted a construction permit in 1985 for a new station in Freeport. Bayport Broadcasting, owned by Roy Henderson, acquired the permit from Freeport Broadcasting in 1987[1] and built it, but it was silent by 1989, when US Radio, a company owned by Ragan Henry, spent $2 million to purchase the then-KGLF-FM.[2] KJOJ (106.9 FM) then merged with KGLF-FM, briefly simulcasting.[3] KJOJ and its programming then moved exclusively to 103.3 at the start of 1991 as the 106.9 station became smooth jazz KJZS.[4][5] That October, KJOJ became KJOJ-FM when the former KIKR (880 AM), an AM station in Conroe, began simulcasting it.[6]

US Radio, which owned the pair until 1996, was purchased by Clear Channel Communications.[7] In 1996, KJOJ-FM began to simulcast KHYS's smooth jazz format, dropping a Christian country music format; the two stations would be linked for the rest of KJOJ-FM's existence.[8]

Kiss and The Jam

On February 24, 1997, after stunting with continuous play of the song Kiss by Prince, the stations' format changed to rhythmic contemporary as "Kiss 98-5, Kiss Again 103-3".[9] The separate name came about because KJOJ-FM aired KHYS on a 10-minute delay.[10] In June 1998, the Kiss format was made less rhythmic.[11]

On January 1, 1999, the station jumped on the rhythmic oldies bandwagon as "98.5 The Jam". The call letters on the Port Arthur station changed to KTJM.[12] As part of sales required in Clear Channel's merger with AMFM Inc., El Dorado Communications acquired KJOJ-FM with other stations in 2000.[13]

Switch to Regional Mexican and closure

In July 2001, the station was bought by Liberman Broadcasting of Burbank, California. Liberman flipped both stations to Regional Mexican as La Raza, though it initially intended to split KJOJ-FM from KTJM.[14][15]

In 2019, Liberman ran into financial problems and declared Chapter 11. After reorganization, the corporate name changed to Estrella Media.[16]

The station's tower failed catastrophically on December 14, 2020. Liberman took it silent, but it never returned, and KNTE (101.7 FM) replaced KJOJ-FM as a rebroadcaster of KTJM.[17] After over 12 months of silence, the FCC cancelled the license on June 22, 2022.[18]

References

  1. ^ "For the Record" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 27, 1987. p. 110.
  2. ^ "Transactions" (PDF). Radio & Records. August 25, 1989. p. 12.
  3. ^ Frank, Jay (August 25, 1990). "Local stations to broadcast Baylor games". Houston Chronicle. p. Sports 9.
  4. ^ Westbrook, Bruce (January 14, 1991). "NFL games to be broadcast in Spanish". Houston Chronicle. p. Houston 5.
  5. ^ "KJOJ Becomes NAC KJZS" (PDF). Radio & Records. January 11, 1991. p. 26.
  6. ^ "Radio Notes". Houston Chronicle. October 11, 1991. p. Houston 6.
  7. ^ "Transactions" (PDF). Radio & Records. March 8, 1996. p. 6.
  8. ^ "Format Changes" (PDF). The M Street Journal. May 1, 1996. p. 2.
  9. ^ "NAC KHYS & KJOJ Flip To CHR/Rhythmic" (PDF). Radio & Records. February 28, 1997. p. 3.
  10. ^ McDaniel, Mike (February 25, 1997). "KHYS shocks fans with format switch". Houston Chronicle. p. Houston 4.
  11. ^ "Street Talk" (PDF). Radio & Records. June 12, 1998. p. 42.
  12. ^ "Texas Gets Another Rhythmic Oldies As KHYS Makes Switch" (PDF). Radio & Records. January 8, 1999. p. 16.
  13. ^ Hassell, Greg (March 7, 2000). "Eight local radio stations will be sold - Cox, El Dorado to cash in on Clear Channel, AMFM merger sales". Houston Chronicle. p. Business 2.
  14. ^ "Street Talk: Mancow Set To Leave Q101?" (PDF). Radio & Records. July 6, 2001. pp. 26–27.
  15. ^ "Houston Says ¡Que Buena! To KQBU" (PDF). Radio & Records. August 24, 2001. pp. 3, 17.
  16. ^ Jon Lafayette (February 3, 2020). "After Bankruptcy, LBI Adopts Estrella Media Name". Broadcasting & Cable. Future US.
  17. ^ Venta, Lance (January 1, 2021). "Estrella Media Shuffles Signals In Houston Following Loss Of Two Tower Sites". RadioInsight.
  18. ^ Shuldiner, Albert (June 22, 2022). "Notification of License Cancellation". FCC Licensing and Management System.