Wednesday marks a historic day for WJBD.
Sixty years ago today the then WJBD-AM 1350 was granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast as a daytime only radio station. The new radio station had actually taken to the air waves in the two prior weeks for test broadcasting under a construction permit.
The station was constructed by the late Bryan Davidson and Tom Land. Davidson had moved from his position at the Fairfield station to start WJBD, which was co-owned with WFIW in Fairfield during its early years. Davidson would often remember the early lean years until the radio station caught on in the Marion County area. At one point, WJBD and WFIW also broadcast on a regular basis from Flora before it had its own radio station.
WJBD-FM took to the air in 1971, largely to allow for coverage of night ball games which were not possible with the daytime only signal of the then WJBD-AM. Another big improvement took place in 1986 when WJBD-FM moved from its small tower in downtown to its 451 foot tower off of Lake Centralia providing a much stronger signal into the Centralia area as well as surrounding counties.
With the FCC relaxing rules in the 1980's, WJBD-AM also received permission to begin night time broadcasting at a reduced power. WJBD-AM then became WSIQ in March of this year and had it's FM counterpart added on 92.1 in May allowing for a much wider distribution of its Real Country format.
A big thank you goes out from the radio station for those who have supported our efforts over the years.