WPHC

Infobox Radio station
name = WXJC-FM
airdate = 1997, as "WZJT"
frequency = 92.5 MHz HD Radio
city = Cordova, Alabama
area = Jasper/Birmingham
format = Southern gospel and Religious
owner = Crawford Broadcasting Company
erp = 2,200 watts
haat = 167 meters
branding =
class = A
facility_id = 77749
callsign_meaning = |

WXJC-FM is an FM radio station licensed to Cordova, Alabama, that serves Jasper, Walker County and the northwestern part of the Birmingham metropolitan area. Currently, the station plays Southern gospel and Christian. The station, broadcasting at 92.5 FM, is owned by Crawford Broadcasting. Other stations in the Birmingham market that Crawford owns include WDJC-FM (93.7), WYDE-FM (101.1), WXJC-AM (850), and WLGD-AM (1260). The transmitter for WXJC-FM is located in southeastern Walker County near the border with Jefferson County, about 35 miles northwest of downtown Birmingham.

Station History

The station signed on in 1997 as a Top 40 station with the call letters "WZJT" and the on-air name "“Party Radio Z-92.5.”" The station was originally owned by the owner and operator of a nightclub in Birmingham. At the time, there was not another Top 40 music station in the Birmingham market, but the location of the station’s transmitter and its weak signal proved to be a hindrance as it sought to establish itself in the area. Within a few months of its debut, the station changed formats and became an active rock station with the new on-air name of "“Planet Rock 92-5”." The new format was no more successful in attracting listeners than its previous incarnation.

In 2000, the station was sold and became an affiliate of EWTN’s Catholic radio network. The station’s call letters were changed to "WQOP" ("Q"ueen "o"f "P"eace, referring to the Virgin Mary). In 2004, Crawford Broadcasting Company bought the station in order to establish an FM simulcast partner of what was then WDJC-AM (850). After the acquisition, the call letters of both the AM and FM station were changed to "WXJC". The stations offered a combination of Southern gospel music and syndicated Christian teaching programming; as of 2007, the Christian teaching programming continues on WXJC-AM.

In May 2006, WXJC-FM changed its call letters to its current call sign. In May of that year, the station changed its format and attempted to launch a country music format. With other country stations such as Birmingham’s WDXB and WZZK and Tuscaloosa’s WTXT and WFFN serving its primary broadcast area, WPHC failed to attract significant listenership. In October of the same year, WPHC adopted its current format. WPHC changed their call letters back to WXJC-FM.

See also

* List of radio stations in Alabama

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