KWJJ-FM
CityPortland, Oregon
Broadcast areaPortland metropolitan area
Frequency99.5 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding99.5 The Wolf
SloganThe Northwest's Hottest Country
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatCountry music
SubchannelsHD2: Sports radio (KFXX)
HD3: Sports radio (KMTT)
Ownership
OwnerAudacy, Inc.
(Audacy License, LLC)
History
First air date
September 16, 1968 (1968-09-16)
Former call signs
KJIB (1968–85)
Call sign meaning
K Wilbur J. Jerman, founder of the original KWJJ, now KFXX
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID13738
ClassC1
ERP52,000 watts
HAAT386 meters (1,266 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
45°29′20″N 122°41′40″W / 45.48889°N 122.69444°W / 45.48889; -122.69444
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
WebcastListen live (via Audacy)
Websitewww.audacy.com/thewolfonline

KWJJ-FM (99.5 MHz) is a commercial radio station in Portland, Oregon. It is owned by Audacy, Inc. and airs a country music and southern rock radio format.[2] The studio is on SW Bancroft Street, near downtown Portland.[3] The station transmitter is atop Portland's West Hills, off SW Fairmount Court.[4]

History

Beautiful music KJIB

The station signed on the air on September 16, 1968, as KJIB.[5] It was a stand-alone FM station, not attached to an AM station. KJIB was owned by Contemporary FM, Inc., with Bernard D. Seitz serving as owner and general manager. It aired a beautiful music format featuring mostly instrumental cover versions of popular songs along with Broadway and Hollywood showtunes. The call sign referred to "jib," a sail used on sail boats.

In 1974, KJIB was acquired by Park Communications, which owned other easy listening stations around the country.[6] A year earlier, Park bought KWJJ (AM 1080), a longtime Portland country music station. For the first years of Park ownership, KJIB remained easy listening and KWJJ remained country.

Switch to country

In the late 1970s, Park moved KJIB from mainstream easy listening to a new format known as "Beautiful Country."[7] The sound was soft, but used instrumental cover versions of country songs, rather than pop songs.

KJIB switched to a conventional country format in the early 1980s. The FM station played mostly contemporary country hits with only a small amount of DJ chatter, while the AM station continued as a personality-oriented country outlet, going back several decades for its playlist of country tunes. On August 19, 1985, KJIB changed its call sign to the current KWJJ-FM. The two stations simulcasted the morning show and some other segments during the day. In 1995, KWJJ became a network affiliate for ABC's Real Country, a classic country service.[8]

Change in ownership

In 1996, Seattle-based Fisher Communications bought KWJJ-AM-FM for $35 million.[9] Fisher continued the mainstream country format on KWJJ-FM and briefly continued the classic country format on KWJJ (AM). The following year, KWJJ (AM) became hot talk KOTK.

In 2003, Fisher Communications sold KOTK and KWJJ-FM to Entercom for $44 million.[10] Entercom changed KOTK to all-sports as KFXX. KWJJ-FM continued as a country outlet. On January 6, 2004, KWJJ-FM rebranded as "99.5 The Wolf."

Jingles and Imaging

KWJJ uses the "Reelworld One Country" jingles package and imaging service after dropping the "IQ Beats" custom package in 2009. Sweepers are done by Emily Mcintosh and Jack Murphy. This is Mcintosh's tenth country client and her fifth "Wolf" station to do sweepers and custom liners.

HD Radio

KWJJ broadcasts in the HD Radio format. The station carries two co-owned sports radio stations on its subchannels; KWJJ-HD2 airs a simulcast of KFXX, known as "The Fan." On October 26, 2015, KWJJ-HD3 launched with a simulcast of KMTT, known as "910 ESPN Portland."

See also

References

  1. ^ "FCCInfo Facility Search Results: Entercom Portland License, LLC". Manassas, Virginia: Cavell Mertz & Associates, Inc. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  3. ^ TheWolfOnLine.com/contact-us
  4. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KWJJ-FM
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1970 page B-167
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1975 page C-157
  7. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1980 page C-189
  8. ^ Stark, Phyllis (May 27, 1995). "Vox Jox". Billboard. 107 (21): 106.
  9. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2000 page D-371
  10. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2006 page D-416