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7 December 2006

When Rock & Roll killed Gospel FM Radio

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the changes on the Birmingham radio dial (in the FM spectrum). Andre has generated plenty of observations/comments over on his blog… here, here, and here. While it’s a sad loss that Gospel on FM is gone (for now), the new station fills a different void created by the sudden recent conversion of WRAX from Rock to Talk. This is an odd turn of events too, because once upon a time this general frequency hosted WRAX, of all stations.

To me, this is all remeniscent of when Atlanta’s Power99 changed over to 99X many years ago. There was no advance notice and no DJs for a little while. There were a lot of people upset about loosing their bubble gum pop station in favor of a retro 80’s station (at the time) but eventually everyone found their new homes on the dial (preset or otherwise). In fact, a student at Georgia Tech has done a great job capturing the comings and goings on a page titled “Atlanta Area FM Radio Stations“. In looking for a similar page about Birmingham area FM radio stations, I found this listing of local stations. The BhamWiki also has a great WENN-FM history page. On-air, The Vulcan has said that they are broadcasting from “Hoover/Birmingham” even though BhamWiki reports that they are broadcasting from atop Red Mountain.

The new website is @ www.1055thevulcan.com (captured at the left for posterity).1055thevulcan-com It’s obviously a canned website from the Clear Channel corporate-types. It’s full of junk and standard issue fare and hardly represents Birmingham OR Vulcan himself.

The wildest part of this corporate switchover (IMHO) is the ‘rate your can’ feature of their website. The seemingly obvious tie-in to Vulcan’s “can” is right there on their home page, but a quick check on Google reveals that this is simply one of Clear Channel’s standard issue features, 1055thevulcan-rate-my-canamong many lewd choices they provide across their spectrum of radio channels. For instance, their Orlando rock station has the same feature and a quick sampling of the pictures (hey, isn’t this journalism!?!?) shows the SAME photos. So, while The Vulcan is trying to make this seem like a Birmingham thang, it is hardly.

I can’t wait to see what Vulcan Park Foundation does, if anything. I don’t know that the use of the trademarked name VULCAN can be controlled since there’s no use of his likeness on the website. The apparent reference to Vulcan’s “full moon” may only be accidental. We’ll have to keep watching this one (no pun intended).

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. 8 December 2006 9:42 am

    WENN’s “city of license” is Hoover, but the transmitter is on Red Mountain. You can verify the location by going to http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/fmq?call=WENN and scrolling down to the section from the Antenna Structure Registration Database. The relevant ASR page is here: http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/AsrSearch/asrRegistration.jsp?regKey=2624652

  2. Chestnut permalink
    14 December 2006 9:42 am

    Nothing can “kill” the gospel of Jesus Christ. Satan was once the musical director in Heaven and continues to make attempts to control the direction of music here on earth. The “void” is merely temporary. The living “Rock “will see to that.

  3. 14 December 2006 12:18 pm

    Chestnut: you brought in a few of the metaphors I left out of my newer post about this subject. 🙂

    I didn’t mean to imply that Rock&Roll can kill the Gospel… only that it did so for the radio station itself.

  4. Pierce permalink
    21 December 2006 5:23 pm

    Yea……..because, rock music is obviously “the devils music” it must die! Among other things, the color television was invented yesterday.

    I hate to say it, but this a great deal of overreaction. If this does anything it helps the Gospel because those sharing it nolonger have to “explain” an outdated Southern Gospel station. Not that a rock station does anything to share the Gospel, but at some point methods become outdated. There are still two FM Christian stations in the Birmingham market, WDJC 93.7 and 88.3. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see the big deal. (Yes, I’m a Christian, and also a minister; I just thought you should know that.)

    -pierce

  5. Lavonda permalink
    9 January 2007 11:08 am

    Just because you don’t get it Pierce does not mean that is station was not important. Some people don’t see the NEED for prayer in school and look at what has happened.

    And in regards to the two other CHRISTIAN stations, there is a HUGE difference between Christian and Gospel, just so you know.

    In a world with so much negatively and disgust on the radio and television, it was nice to have something positive to listen to and help those who would like to keep their mind on Jesus to do so.

    One more thing, this was not an outdated Gospel station. Obviously you have never listened to it and probably would not know what you were listening to if you had. Hallelujah FM played mostly newly released gospel music.

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