WJRR

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WJRR
WJRR logo.png
City Cocoa Beach, Florida
Broadcast area Central Florida
Branding101.1 WJRR
SloganOrlando's Rock Station
Frequency101.1 MHz ( HD Radio)
Translator(s)96.9 W245CL ( Deltona, relays HD2)
First air dateJuly 19, 1962 (as WXBR)
FormatFM/HD1: Active rock
HD2: Sports talk ( WYGM simulcast)
HD3: Alternative rock "Alt 101.1 HD-3"
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT487 meters (1,598 ft)
ClassC
Facility ID51983
Transmitter coordinates 28°34′51.00″N 81°04′32.00″W / 28.5808333°N 81.0755556°W / 28.5808333; -81.0755556
Latitude and Longitude:

28°34′51.00″N 81°04′32.00″W / 28.5808333°N 81.0755556°W / 28.5808333; -81.0755556
Call sign meaningW Just Real Rock
Former call signsWXBR (1962-1968)
WCKS (1968-1984)
WDOQ (1984-1985)
WSTF (1985-1992)
WVRI (1992-1993)
Affiliations Compass Media Networks
iHeartRadio
Premiere Networks
Premium Choice
Owner iHeartMedia
(Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations WFLF, WMGF, WRSO, WRUM, WTKS-FM, WXXL, WYGM, W283AN
Webcast Listen Live
HD3: Listen Live
Website wjrr.iheart.com
HD3: alt1011orlando.iheart.com

WJRR (101.1 MHz "101.1 WJRR") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Cocoa Beach, Florida, serving Greater Orlando. Owned by iHeartMedia, WJRR airs an active rock radio format. It is the Orlando affiliate for the syndicated rock shows Skratch 'N Sniff and The Side Show Countdown with Nikki Sixx. WJRR studios and offices are located on Maitland Center Parkway in the Orlando suburb of Maitland. [1] The station transmitter is off Fort Christmas Road in Christmas, Florida. [2]

In addition to a standard analog transmission, WJRR broadcasts three HD Radio subchannels: The first carries the main station programming. The HD2 subchannel airs the sports radio format of sister station WYGM and the HD3 subchannel broadcasts an alternative rock format. WJRR streams online via iHeartRadio. [3] [4] [5]

History

Early years and active rock (1962-2002)

On June 12, 1962, the station first signed on as classical music station WXBR. [6] It was owned by the Stereo Broadcasting Company with studios and offices in Cape Canaveral.

The station changed its call sign to WCKS in 1968 and adopted a Top 40/ CHR format as CK101. In 1984, the station picked up the call letters WDOQ after they were dropped by 101.9 FM in Daytona Beach and the format was changed to album rock, then to adult contemporary shortly afterward. 101.1 FM adopted the new call sign WSTF in 1985, and became known as Sunny 101 and later Star 101, continuing with an adult contemporary format.

After a brief stint as WVRI Variety 101 in the early 1990s, the current WJRR call sign and rock format were adopted on April 19, 1993 as 101.1 WJRR. The station carried the comedy morning show Ron & Ron. An early positioning statement was "Just Ron & Ron in the Morning, Just Rock and Roll the rest of the day." [7] As the station evolved to modern rock around 1994 under the guidance of Program Director Steve Robertson, the official slogan became 101.1 WJRR, The Cutting Edge of Rock. Following the acquisition of crosstown rock rival WDIZ from Shamrock Communications in 1996, WJRR shifted to an Active Rock format with the slogan "The Rock Station." PD duties were picked up by WDIZ Program Director "Diamond" Dick Sheetz as Steve Robertson exited for an A&R position at Atlantic Records. After several weeks of simulcasting WJRR on the WDIZ signal, WDIZ picked up the call letters WSHE from 103.5 in Miami and shifted away from rock toward a female-leaning AAA format leaving WJRR as the only Orlando rock station playing new music.

In 1997, WJRR was acquired by Clear Channel Communications, now known as iHeartMedia.

Earthday Birthday

In the 1990s, WJRR started an annual live music festival known as "Earthday Birthday" at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. Each year the event brings in around 12 to 15,000 fans from all over the state of Florida. The show lasts approximately 12 hours with festivities normally beginning around 11 a.m. Past acts have included Kid Rock, Serj Tankian, Three Doors Down, The Offspring, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, Godsmack, Velvet Revolver, Sevendust, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, WRONG, Staind, 311, Sublime with Rome and Shinedown.

Alternative rock (2002-2011)

In 2002, to compete up against former rocker WOCL, WJRR shifted back to a modern rock format from active rock and lured back legendary former PM Drive talent Sideshow Dan for afternoons, changing its moniker to Real Rock 101-One. In January 2008, WJRR dropped the "Real Rock" moniker and reverted to 101one WJRR, The Rock Station, just when rival WOCL switched to its current classic hits format.

On January 25, 2008, it was announced that WJRR would be one of several Clear Channel radio stations to be sold, in order to remain under the ownership caps following the sale of Clear Channel to private investors. Under Federal Communications Commission rules, Clear Channel had more radio stations in the Orlando radio market than permitted. WJRR and other stations to be sold were placed into the Aloha Stations Trust. [8] In December 2008, Clear Channel took back WJRR after Arbitron reassigned the station to the Brevard County radio market, even though it is widely heard in Orlando.

The syndicated Lex and Terry program replaced The Fiasco with Pat Lynch and Taco Bob on April 7, 2008. [9]

On May 1, 2010; during the 17th Annual Earthday Birthday event it was announced that Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has declared May 1 to be 101.1 WJRR Day. This was in honor of Earthday Birthday becoming the largest single day music event to happen in the entire state of Florida, and also possibly the southeastern United States.

On August 27, 2010, Crash and LT announced that WJRR would be dropping the Lex & Terry morning program, as a response to "literally thousands of emails and phone calls" from listeners stating that they would prefer music in the morning. Starting Monday, August 30, 2010, Crash and LT were heard in the 6-10AM slot. Pat Lynch, former morning show co-host, returned to the station for the afternoons in Crash and LT's old 3-8PM slot. Mel Taylor and Dickerman continued in their usual time slots. [10]

Return to active rock (2011-present)

In 2011, the station was added to the Nielsen BDS active rock panel, but WJRR still marketed itself as alternative rock. By August 2011, following the flip of Cox Radio's longtime classic rock station WHTQ to talk as WDBO-FM, WJRR completed the move to active rock. In addition, the station began adding more classic rock artists such as Led Zeppelin, Kiss & Def Leppard to its play list, as is the trend in active rock radio.

The WJRR HD2 subchannel formerly broadcast the iHeartRadio "Classic Rock" station, but it switched in March 2011 to Old School Alternative "Channel X". As of May 5, 2012 its HD2 subchannel switched to a simulcast of WYGM. Its HD3 subchannel carries an alternative rock format.

Past DJs

Alumni include Ron & Ron, Buckethead, Crash, Larry the Cable Guy, Mark Samansky, Sideshow Dan, Dick Sheetz, Fish, Just Plain Mark.

Technical information

WJRR broadcasts at 95,000 watts effective radiated power (ERP), as a Class C FM station, according to the FCC. The height above average terrain (HAAT) is 487 meters (1,599 ft). The height above ground level is 480 meters (1,576 ft). The height above sea level is 500 meters (1,641 ft).

WJRR uses a non-directional antenna. The transmitter location is: 28° 34' 51" N, 81° 04' 32" W, near Christmas, Florida. The station is on the same two-tower antenna farm along with WWKA, WMFE-FM, WDBO-FM, WOMX, and WTKS-FM.

References

  1. ^ WJRR.iheart.com/contact
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WJRR
  3. ^ http://www.snsmix.com/affiliates/
  4. ^ http://www.sixxsense.com/pages/side_show_radiostations.html?state=florida
  5. ^ http://ibiquity.com/hd_radio/hdradio_find_a_station?state=SA&thisBeColorOver=ff920f&thisBeColorOut=11839d&theCity=65#stationlist
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1966 page B-30
  7. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1993/RR-1993-04-23.pdf
  8. ^ Clear Channel Spinoff List
  9. ^ Maxwell, Scott (2008-04-07). "WJRR changes up again – Lex & Terry in". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  10. ^ Lex & Terry Fans

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