|Broadcast area||Wilmington, Delaware|
|Branding||Mix 99.5 WJBR|
|Slogan||Your Mix, Your Station|
|Frequency||99.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Translator(s)||See § Translators|
|First air date||January 31, 1957|
|Format||FM/HD1: Adult contemporary|
HD3: Spanish tropical ("Ritmo 105.7 FM")
|ERP||50,000 watts (analog)|
2,000 watts (digital)
|HAAT||152 meters (499 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||W John B. Reynolds (founder)|
|Owner||Beasley Broadcast Group |
(Beasley Media Group Licenses, LLC)
|Sister stations||WBEN-FM, WPEN, WMGK, WMMR, WXTU, WTEL, WTMR, WWDB|
WJBR-FM (99.5 FM, "Mix 99.5 WJBR") is a radio station licensed to Wilmington, Delaware. Owned by Beasley Broadcast Group, it broadcasts an adult contemporary format. WJBR-FM's transmitter is located north of downtown Wilmington on Bellows Drive. The station's broadcast range Philadelphia, as well as sections of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.
WJBR-FM broadcasts in HD Radio. Its HD2 subchannel rebroadcasts WJBR-FM's primary channel, while the HD3 subchannel broadcasts a Spanish tropical format branded as Ritmo 105.7 FM, which is simulcast on the translator W289BY at 105.7 MHz in Millville, New Jersey.
On January 31, 1957, the station signed on as a stand-alone FM station, with no AM counterpart. It was founded by a father and son team, John B. Reynolds, Sr. and John B. Reynolds, Jr. The call sign was based on the founders' initials. John Sr. began the radio station because his son was "a strong believer in the future of FM." The station originally broadcast a classical and light music format. WJBR-FM's format eventually evolved into beautiful music and the station was branded as JBR 100. It used the slogan "Just Beautiful Radio."
In 1976, the Reynolds Family acquired another Wilmington radio station, AM 1290 WTUX, to combine with WJBR-FM. WTUX was a 1,000 watt daytimer, carrying a middle of the road music format. In 1978, WTUX's call sign was switched to WJBR, and the format flipped to beautiful music, to give WJBR listeners the choice of hearing the station on AM or FM. Over time, the station's power was increased to 2,500 watts in the daytime and nighttime service was added at 32 watts.
In the early 1980s, as the mostly-instrumental easy listening format was aging, WJBR-AM-FM added more soft vocals to attract a younger audience. John B Reynolds, Jr. sold WJBR-AM-FM in 1985 to CRB Broadcasting, which completed the transition from easy listening to an all-vocal soft adult contemporary sound. CRB changed its name to Commodore Media and was eventually purchased by Capstar Broadcasting.
In March 2000, Capstar sold WJBR-FM to the NextMedia Group for $32.4 million. Capstar retained WJBR AM 1290, and later merged into Clear Channel Communications, which was renamed iHeartMedia. The AM station is now a Fox Sports Radio station, WWTX, and remains owned by iHeartMedia.
WJBR-HD3 programming is simulcast on the following translator, owned by Ritmo Broadcasting, LLC:
|City of license||ERP
|W289BY||105.7||Millville, New Jersey||55||51 m (167 ft)||D||FCC|
- "FCC 335-FM Digital Notification [WJBR-FM]". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. September 4, 2011. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- "FM Query Results for WJBR". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- "54 dBu Service Contour for WJBR-FM, Wilmington, DE, 99.5 MHz BMLH-20080516AAX". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1958 page A-258
- "History of WJBR". wjbr.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- "BROADCASTING Scrapbook Blog". racampbell.tripod.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-38
- Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2001 page D-82
- "Beasley Broadcast Group (BBGI) to Acquire NextMedia Group". streetinsider.com. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WJBR
- Radio-Locator information on WJBR
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WJBR