WJGL
CityJacksonville, Florida
Broadcast areaJacksonville metro area
Frequency96.9 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding96.9 The Eagle
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatClassic hits (leans Classic rock)
SubchannelsHD2: Power 106.1 (Urban contemporary)
Ownership
OwnerCox Media Group
(Cox Radio, LLC)
History
First air date
July 1, 1969 (as WRLJ)
Former call signs
WRLJ (1969-1971)
WPDQ-FM (1971-1975)
WAIV-FM (1975-1990)
WKQL (1990-2005)
Call sign meaning
Jacksonville EaGLe
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID53590
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT309 meters (1,014 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
30°16′34.00″N 81°33′53.00″W / 30.2761111°N 81.5647222°W / 30.2761111; -81.5647222
Translator(s)HD2: 106.1 W291CI (Jacksonville)
Links
Public license information
Profile
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WebcastListen live
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Listen live (via TuneIn) (HD2)
Websitewww.969theeagle.com

WJGL (96.9 MHz, "96.9 The Eagle") is a commercial FM radio station in Jacksonville, Florida. The station is owned by Cox Radio, a division of the Cox Media Group.[1] WJGL airs a classic hits radio format that leans towards classic rock, playing primarily rock songs from the 1970s, 80s and some 90s, while avoiding pop/dance artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna.

The station's studios and offices are located on Belfort Parkway in Jacksonville's Southside district.[2] The transmitter is off Hogan Road in the Arlington neighborhood.[3] WJGL is a Class C FM station, running at an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100,000 watts, from a tower at 1,014 feet (309 m) in height above average terrain (HAAT). Its signal stretches from the Georgia coast to south of St. Augustine, Florida.

WJGL broadcasts in the HD Radio format. WJGL's HD-2 channel carries an urban contemporary format, which is also heard on 225-watt translator station W291CI, calling itself "Power 106.1."

History

WJHP-FM, WZFM, WZOK-FM

The 96.9 frequency originally was the home of WJHP-FM which first began experimental broadcasts in 1947, before any other FM stations were on the air in Jacksonville.[4] It was the FM counterpart to AM 1320 WJHP (now WJNJ). It was owned by The Metropolis Company, a division of The Jacksonville Journal, a defunct afternoon newspaper. WJHP-FM mostly simulcast the programming of WJHP.

In 1960, the call sign was changed to WZFM.[5] The call letters switched again in 1961 to WZOK-FM. But with FM radio still in its early days, the station signed off in 1962. The license was returned to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the frequency remained unoccupied for seven years. WZOK's call-letters later went to Rockford, Illinois.

WRLJ, WPDQ-FM

On July 1, 1969, a new station signed on at 96.9 MHz as WRLJ.[6] It was owned by Beck Broadcasting, which also owned AM 600 WPDQ (now WBOB). While WPDQ was a Top 40 station, WRLJ played beautiful music. A couple of years after going on the air, the station picked up the call letters of its AM sister station, becoming WPDQ-FM.

WAIV

In 1975, the two stations were sold to Rounsaville Broadcasting of Jacksonville (later Affiliated Broadcasting).[7] AM 600 became middle of the road formatted WMBR while 96.9 became WAIV, a progressive rock outlet. Because Jacksonville is on the Atlantic Coast, the call sign represented the word "Wave."

In 1980, the call letters for AM 600 were switched to match the FM station, becoming WAIV and WAIV-FM. Both stations were Top 40 outlets. At the time, the FCC would not allow an AM and an FM station in medium to large cities to simulcast full-time, so the two stations shared some hours and were separately programmed most hours.

By the mid-1980s, AM 600 had become WOKV, a talk radio station (later moving to AM 690), while WAIV-FM switched to adult contemporary.[8]

WKQL

In 1986, both stations were bought by EZ Communications and in 1990, the FM station became WKQL, "Kool 96.9." It featured an oldies format.[9]

WJGL

In 2000, WKQL and WOKV were bought by Cox Radio, Inc., the current owner.[10] In 2005, WKQL switched its call letters and format. It became WJGL which stands for Jacksonville EaGLe. The station eliminated most 1960s music and the pop and dance artists, focusing on classic hits, rock songs of the 1970s, 80s and some 90s.

References

  1. ^ "WJGL Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ 969TheEagle.com/contact-us
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WJGL-FM
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1950 page 112
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1961-1962 page B-204
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1971 page B-42
  7. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1976 page C-39
  8. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1986 page B-58
  9. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1991 page B-58
  10. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2006 page D-125
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