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. WJGL airs a classic hits radio format that leans to classic rock. The station primarily plays rock songs from the 1970s, 80s and some 90s, but not artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince or Madonna who had mostly pop and dance hits.
|Broadcast area||Jacksonville metropolitan area|
|Branding||96.9 The Eagle|
|Slogan||Jacksonville's Classic Hits of the 70s, 80s, and more|
|Frequency||96.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Translator(s)||106.1 W291CI (Jacksonville, relays HD2)|
|First air date||July 1, 1969 (as WRLJ)|
|HAAT||309 meters (1,014 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Jacksonville EaGLe|
|Former callsigns||WRLJ (1969-1971)|
|Owner||Cox Radio, Inc.|
|Sister stations||WAPE-FM, WEZI, WOKV, WOKV-FM, WXXJ|
|Webcast||Listen Live (96.9 The Eagle)|
Listen Live (HD2 - Power 106.1)
Listen Live via TuneIn (HD2 - Power 106.1)
The station's studios and offices are located on Belfort Parkway in Jacksonville's Southside district. The transmitter is off Hogan Road in the Arlington neighborhood. 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.
WJHP-FM, WZFM, WZOK-FMEdit
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. 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. 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.
On July 1, 1969, a new station signed on at 96.9 MHz as WRLJ. 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.
In 1975, the two stations were sold to Rounsaville Broadcasting of Jacksonville (later Affiliated Broadcasting). 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.
In 2000, WKQL and WOKV were bought by Cox Radio, Inc., the current owner. 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.
Past DJs: Don Garrard 2005-2006, Scott Walker 2005-2007, Jodi Stewart 2005-2006, John Thomas 2006-2008, Michelle Michaels 2007-2009, Andy Meyer 2007-2010, Chris Rhoads 2008-2012, Todd Shannon 2010–2016
Program Directors: Scott Walker (December 2004 - April 2007), Andy Meyer (April 2007 - October 2010), Todd Shannon (October 2010 - January 2013), Aaron (January 2013 – present)
- "WJGL Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1950 page 112
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1961-1962 page B-204
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1971 page B-42
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1976 page C-39
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1986 page B-58
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1991 page B-58
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2006 page D-125