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KJMJ
Radio Maria USA KJMJ logo.png
CityAlexandria, Louisiana
Broadcast areaCentral Louisiana
Acadiana
Frequency580 kHz
BrandingRadio Maria
SloganA Christian Voice In Your Home
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatChristian radio (Catholic)
AffiliationsRadio Maria
Ownership
OwnerRadio Maria, Inc.
History
First air date
September 21, 1935; 85 years ago (1935-09-21) (as KALB)[1]
Former call signs
KALB (1935–1995)
KLBG (1995–2000)
Call sign meaning
Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Technical information
Facility ID20492
ClassB
Power5,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
Transmitter coordinates
31°18′30″N 92°24′57″W / 31.30833°N 92.41583°W / 31.30833; -92.41583
Repeater(s)See list of repeaters
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websiteradiomaria.us

KJMJ (580 AM) is a Catholic American radio station broadcasting from Alexandria, Louisiana. It is the originating station of The World Family of Radio Maria's US operations, airing Catholic programming including a mix of traditional Catholic worship and contemporary Christian music, along with a weekday Mass, frequent recitals of the Holy Rosary and various talk and teaching programs on the Catholic faith.

It is simulcast on nine full powered stations and one low powered translator, and its audio stream can be accessed from its website and via apps for iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows and Android mobile phone devices.

Radio Maria USA also streams from the Tune In app for smartphones and Amazon's Fire tablets in addition to the portable Alexa device by speaking the verbal command "Alexa..Open Radio Maria."

History

The station began broadcasting September 21, 1935 holding the call sign KALB.[1] It was owned by the Alexandria Broadcasting Company, and originally broadcast at 1420 kHz, running 100 watts during daytime hours only.[2] In 1937, the station's frequency was changed to 1210 kHz, and it began nighttime operations, running 250 watts during the day and 100 watts at night.[2] In 1939, it began running 250 watts 24 hours a day.[2] KALB's frequency was changed to 1240 kHz in March 1941, as a result of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement.[2] In 1945, its frequency was changed to 580 kHz, and it ran 1,000 watts 24 hours a day.[2] Its daytime power was increased to 5,000 watts in 1947.[2][3]

In 1948, its FM sister KALB-FM 96.9 MHz (now KZMZ) began broadcasting, and simulcast the programming of KALB 580.[4][5] It was later the radio sister of KALB-TV channel 5.[5] It was an affiliate of ABC Radio in the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s.[6][5][7] In 1962, it ended its affiliation with ABC and became a CBS affiliate.[7][8] Over the years, KALB aired a variety of country music and contemporary hits programs.[9][10][11][12] In the 1970s, the station aired a MOR format and in the 1980s it aired a country format.[13][14][15] KALB aired an oldies format in the 1990s.[16][17][18][19] In 1994, KALB was sold to Stellar Communications, along with 96.9 KZMZ, for $815,000.[20][21]

In January 1995, the station was sold to Faith Broadcasting for $125,000.[19][22] On January 17, 1995, its call sign was changed to KLBG, and it adopted a soul gospel format.[23][24] The station was branded "Faith 580".[25]

In late 1999, the station was sold Radio Maria Inc., along with AM 1250 KALO in Port Arthur, Texas, for $900,000.[26] In January 2000, its call sign was changed to KJMJ and it was taken off the air while its facilities were being upgraded.[23][27] Its initial broadcast as KJMJ commenced on May 25, 2000.[28] It was the first English-language Radio Maria station in the United States.[29] Afterward, a network of repeaters were established.[28] Father Duane Stenzel O.F.M. served as its first national program director, Mass celebrant, teacher and on-air personality from its 2000 inception until his death on January 18, 2011.[30][31]

Repeaters

KJMJ's programming can also be heard on these stations:

AM

Callsign Frequency Power Location
KDEI 1250 kHz 5 kW (day)
1 kW (night)
Port Arthur, Texas
KNIR 1360 kHz 1 kW (day)
209 W (night)
New Iberia/Lafayette, Louisiana
WULM 1600 kHz 1 kW (day)
34 W (night)
Springfield/Dayton, Ohio

FM

Callsign Frequency Power Location
WHHN 88.1 MHz 850 W (H)
670 W (V)
Hollidaysburg/Altoona, Pennsylvania
WOLM 88.1 MHz 1 kW D'Iberville/Biloxi, Mississippi
WHJM 88.7 MHz 1 kW Anna/Lima, Ohio
KBIO 89.7 MHz 1 kW Natchitoches, Louisiana
KOJO 91.1 MHz 4 kW (H)
14 kW (V)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
WRMW 91.3 MHz 5.4 kW Peshtigo/Green Bay, Wisconsin
WMKL 91.9 MHz 50 KW Hammocks/Miami, Florida
W277AO 103.3 MHz 500 w Enon/Dayton, Ohio

Former repeater

Callsign Frequency Location Notes
KSIH 90.1 MHz Belcourt, North Dakota Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission in April 2013, but subsequently surrendered its license for cancellation in July 2018.[32]

References

  1. ^ a b 1971 Broadcasting Yearbook, Broadcasting, 1971. p. B-88. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f History Cards for KJMJ, fcc.gov. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "Five AM Stations, Two Increases in Power Are Granted By Commission", Broadcasting — Telecasting. March 17, 1947. p. 86. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "Actions of the FCC", Broadcasting — Telecasting. March 29, 1948. p. 84. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c 1958 Broadcasting Yearbook, Broadcasting, 1958. p. A-291. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "The Networks Since BMB 1946", Billboard. September 13, 1947. p. 12. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Musical Chairs With Affiliates", Broadcasting & Cable. January 7, 1963. p. 42. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "KALB joins CBS Radio", Broadcasting & Cable. December 17, 1962. p. 47. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  9. ^ Sippel, Johnny. "Folk Talent and Tunes", Billboard. March 19, 1949. p. 39. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  10. ^ "Vox Jox", Billboard. June 11, 1949. p. 37. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  11. ^ Bundy, June. "Vox Jox", Billboard. December 3, 1955. p. 44. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "4 More Outlets in C&W Arena", Billboard. September 3, 1966. p. 26. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  13. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1979, Broadcasting, 1979. p. C-92. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  14. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1981, Broadcasting & Cable, 1981. p. C-98. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  15. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1989, Broadcasting & Cable, 1989. p. B-125. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  16. ^ Unmacht, Robert (1990). The M Street Radio Directory. p. 161. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  17. ^ Unmacht, Robert; McCrummen, Pat; Heller, Jill; Apel, Steven (1995). The M Street Radio Directory. p. 252. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  18. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1995, Broadcasting & Cable, 1995. p. B-172. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  19. ^ a b "Transactions", Radio & Records. November 11, 1994. pp. 6, 8. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  20. ^ Application Search Details – BAL-19940701EG, fcc.gov. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  21. ^ "Transactions", Radio & Records. July 15, 1994. p. 8. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  22. ^ Application Search Details – BAL-19941103EB, fcc.gov. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  23. ^ a b Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  24. ^ Unmacht, Robert; McCrummen, Pat (1996). The M Street Radio Directory. p. 269. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  25. ^ "Gospel", The Town Talk. January 18, 1997. p. C-2.
  26. ^ "Transactions", Radio & Records. August 6, 1999. p. 8. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  27. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M Street Journal. Vol. 17, No. 4. January 26, 2000. p. 2. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  28. ^ a b Petrus, Jeannie. "Radio Maria", Cenla Focus. June 11, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  29. ^ "About Radio Maria", Diocese of Alexandria. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  30. ^ "Schedule". Radio Maria. Archived from the original on September 21, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  31. ^ "Father Duane Stenzel dead at 83", Radio & Television Business Report. January 19, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  32. ^ "WEBL (The Rebel)/Memphis Sold", All Access Music Group. July 17, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2020.

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