WMEJ
CityBay St. Louis, Mississippi
Broadcast areaGulfport, Mississippi
Frequency1190 kHz
BrandingRejoice AM 1190 and FM 104.3
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatInspirational/Gospel
Ownership
OwnerRichard L. Mays[1]
(Hancock Broadcasting Company)
History
First air date
February 5, 1974 (1974-02-05)
Former call signs
  • WPUP (1974–1977)
  • WXGR (1977–1988)
  • WBSL (1988–2009)
  • WJZD (2009–2010)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID25961
ClassD
Power5,000 watts (daytime only)
Transmitter coordinates
30°19′26″N 89°21′02″W / 30.32389°N 89.35056°W / 30.32389; -89.35056Coordinates: 30°19′26″N 89°21′02″W / 30.32389°N 89.35056°W / 30.32389; -89.35056
Translator(s)W282CE (104.3 FM) Bay St. Louis
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websiterejoiceam1190.com

WMEJ is a radio station with a daytime-only AM broadcasting radio station licensed for 5,000 watts on 1190 kHz at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, serving the Gulfport, Mississippi area. The station broadcasts a gospel format as "Rejoice AM 1190".

History

The station was established as WPUP by the Bay Broadcasting Company on February 5, 1974.[2] The call letters were changed to WXGR in 1977.[3]

The station's studio and transmitter were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The station returned to the air with low power in the summer of 2006, using a portable building and a donated refurbished transmitter, and resumed full power in December 2006.[4]

The station changed call signs in July 2009 from WBSL "Blues 1190" to WJZD and made its latest change to the current WMEJ in June 2010,[5] when it changed to Spanish-language formatting. The current gospel format was instituted in 2013. The WMEJ call sign was originally assigned to an unrelated station in Monessen, Pennsylvania in 1927.[6]

FM translator

The station is broadcast over FM translator W282CE on 104.3 MHz. The translator, which began broadcasting in 2016, is permitted to broadcast at night, even when the AM station must go off.

References

  1. ^ Mays, Richard L. (2004-01-30). "FCC 323: Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations (BOA-20040130BCP)". Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  2. ^ "Radio station established in Hancock". South Mississippi Sun. February 8, 1974. p. 20. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  3. ^ FCC History Cards for WMEJ
  4. ^ "Orban Assists Bay St. Louis, MS Station WBSL-AM After Hurricane" (Press release). Orban / Nabro Able LLC. 2007-01-30. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-06-12.
  5. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC.
  6. ^ Vivian, Cassandra (2002). Monessen: A Typical Steel Country Town. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-7385-2383-5.