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WJMI
City of license Jackson, Mississippi
Broadcast area Jackson, Mississippi
Branding 99 Jams
Slogan Keepin it Crunk
Frequency 99.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1968
Format Mainstream Urban
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 323 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 50408
Callsign meaning We are Jammin' in Jackson, MississippI !
Owner Alpha Media
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
Sister stations WJNT, WJQS, WKXI-FM, WOAD, WRKS
Webcast Listen Live
Website wjmi.com

WJMI (99.7 FM) is a radio station licensed to Jackson, Mississippi, USA with a Mainstream Urban musical format. The station is owned by Alpha Media through licensee Alpha Media Licensee LLC. Along with five other sister stations, its studios are located in Ridgeland, a suburb of Jackson, while the transmitter tower is south of Raymond.

Station history[edit]

The station began in 1968 as an FM sister to station WRBC and was owned by the Rebel Broadcasting Company. Most of the disc jockeys who were on WRBC took shifts on the FM station, and hosting a shift on the FM station was used to test new talent for WRBC.

Among the more famous voices to be heard on WJMI were Bob Pittman (founder of MTV), Walt Grayson (later a television weatherperson for two Jackson television stations), and Mary Lewis.

The station then broadcast from 7a.m. until midnight. It was affiliated with the ABC-FM news network and broadcast the news each hour at fifteen minutes past the hour with local news following.

The station began as an easy listening station with some of the talent later recalling that every version of "Spanish Eyes" was played on the station. By the 1970s, though, the station had evolved into an adult contemporary station which played album-cuts from such singer-songwriters as Carole King, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, and Helen Reddy, bubblegum music (such as David Cassidy, Bobby Sherman, and the Partridge Family, and middle-of-the-road artists such as Johnny Mathis, Vikki Carr, and Andy Williams. Instrumental music and soft easy-listening music was played on the station, especially preceding the news.

WJMI was one of the first stations to employ female disc jockeys.

There were occasionally contests for concerts (such as the 1971 State Fair appearance of actor-singer Bobby Sherman).

On April 1, 1973, WJMI was sold to new owners, who then flipped the format to its current rhythm-and-blues, which they have programmed ever since.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°12′29″N 90°24′50″W / 32.208°N 90.414°W / 32.208; -90.414


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WJTV
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:22:30 -0800

The WJMI annual Christmas Toy Drive tradition continues to benefit families in the Metro Jackson area during the holiday season. WJMI partnered with the McAlister's Deli and created a second studio to broadcast live and collect toys to help several ...

Billboard

Billboard
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:18:45 -0700

Stan Branson, PD of WJMI, Jackson, Miss., is among the song's believers, with the station's 140 plays to-date the most of any Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart reporter. "I was the first programmer to play 'Good Enough'," he notes. (WJMI and WERQ Baltimore ...

Jackson Free Press

Jackson Free Press
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:01:56 -0800

#The Mississippi Museum of Art has long represented our state's artistic history with a collection that features works from many renowned Mississippi artists, such as Birney Imes and quilt artist Gwendolyn A. Magee, and newcomers like Ginger Williams-Cook.

Jackson Free Press

Jackson Free Press
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:40:44 -0800

#The nominations are in, the votes have been cast and the Winners selected. New in 2015, we're offering the results "Academy Award" style—everyone is a Finalist (determined by write-in nominations) and there's one Winner (voted on by readers via the ...

Meridian Star

Meridian Star
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 04:33:45 -0800

Drunk Driving - Christiana Williams, left, fights tears as she talks about her friend, Angel who died in a car accident after using drugs at a party. "To me, Angel is an angel," Williams said. "She told us, 'it's time to stop, it's time to grow up, it ...
 
All Access Music Group
Mon, 02 Feb 2015 04:01:32 -0800

On Urban 99 JAMS WJMI we use elementary and JR. High school students to tell about a historic Black person, it's called LEGACIES IN BLACK HISTORY." SERVICE BROADCASTING/DALLAS Dir./Marketing/Promotions FRANCIS DAVIS, "One of our big ...
 
WAPT Jackson
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:02:49 -0700

The city has joined with WJMI 99 Jams and WKXI FM for the annual event. Vendors will offer information about educational services, after-school and athletic programs, and health and wellness during the event. This year's theme is "Beginning Again with ...
 
Jackson Free Press
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:52:22 -0700

#Crudup's super PAC, which shares an address with his church in a former strip mall, bought radio advertisements at Jackson stations WKXI, WJMI and WOAD on June 20 to air June 21-24, leading up to the Republican primary runoff. The ads encouraged ...
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