99.5 WJBR
The '80s, '90s & Today

FAQ

How can I pick up a prize that I won on WJBR 99.5 FM?
Prizes must be picked up within 30 days of winning (unless otherwise noted) at 812 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, Delaware, any Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays, between 8:30am and 5:00pm. A valid form of picture ID must be presented at the time of pickup for some prizes. Please note that it is our policy not to mail prizes.

How can I find out what is happening and where and when WJBR-FM is hosting an event?
Take a look at our Calendar of Events or our Hometown Happenings pages.

How can I contact WJBR-FM to submit a request or win a contest?
To submit a request, please send an e-mail to info@wjbr.com. Please refer to our Contests web page for specific contest information.

How can I advertise on WJBR 99.5 FM or wjbr.com?
Contact V.P., General Manager, Dan Sultzbach at 302-765-1160.

How do I contact the Promotions Department?
Email promotions@wjbr.com

How can I get my non-profit community event posted on your website?
Write a few paragraphs about your event exactly as you want it to appear. We cannot process pdf files, press releases, posters or flyers. To submit an event, just go to our Hometown Happenings page and click on “submit an event”.  Announcements sent by regular mail or fax will take much longer to post.

How do I create awareness about my non-profit community event on the air?
Contact Community Service Director Charlie Maxx at 302-765-1160.

How do I find our more about J. Bear’s Cub Club Adventures?
Call the party hotline at 302-765-1160 or visit  The J. Bear Page

How do I contact J. Bear’s Cub Club Adventures to schedule a J. Bear Appearance?
Contact WJBR Promotions at 302-765-1160.


 

HISTORY OF WJBR

WJBR-FM 99.5 was founded in 1956 by a father and son team of John B. Reynolds, Sr. and John B. Reynolds, Jr.  John, Sr. was co-owner of a local service station. It was John, Jr. that had the history in broadcasting and music, hosting a local TV dance program (before American Bandstand), and was a recording pianist in the late 1940’s. John Sr. began the radio station because John Jr. was a strong believer in the future of FM.

The station operated with only five employees for the first few years. John Sr. did some selling and John Jr. operated as General Manager, Program Director and voiced many of the commercials. The other employees were booth announcers who also played the music.

The first offices, studios, and transmitter site for WJBR-FM were on Ebright Road in North Wilmington. The tower is located at the highest elevation in the state, approximately 400 feet above sea level, with the tower rising another 317 feet further. Offices and studio were moved to Philadelphia Pike in Claymont, in 1993, although transmitting equipment and tower remained at Ebright Road. In 2000, the studio and offices simply moved further along Philadelphia Pike and now reside in Bellfonte.

WJBR-FM began broadcasting as a classical and light music format. Coining the phrase “Just Beautiful Radio”, the ‘JBR’ actually stands for the founders initials. By 1985 Beautiful Music was a fading format and new owners, CRB Broadcasting, believed the Adult Contemporary format would produce the audience makeup needed to maximize profit potential. They created “Bright 99-5″, which was renamed “Mix 99-5″ approximately three years later. The “Mix” handle was phased out in 1993 and the station went back to identifying itself simply by the call letters that have become legendary in the Mid Atlantic, 99.5/WJBR-FM. Currently the station uses the slogan “Delaware’s 99.5 WJBR, Better Music, Fewer Interruptions” to identify its format. Many listeners also know WJBR-FM as the station that plays “The Most Music While You Work”.

WJBR-FM has also been a pioneer technically, recognized as one of the first to broadcast a 24-hour stereo format in the late ’50s, and the first station to broadcast an all C.D. format in the late ’80s. WJBR used the slogan “The Nation’s Pioneer FM Stereo Station” for years because it was truly THE VERY FIRST station in the country to broadcast in stereo under an experimental license assignment from the FCC, which wanted to test this new-fangled thing called stereo before they approved it universally. That was 1957. With FCC adoption of stereo as a standard technology for the industry, ‘JBR then went 24 hours in stereo routinely. About that same time, 99.5 switched from Classical to Beautiful Music. Interestingly, the “Just Beautiful Radio” slogan wasn’t used until the late 70s.

John Jr. sold the stations in 1985, several years after his father passed away. The new owner, CRB Broadcasting, was a trio of men using their initials to name the company. The “B” in CRB belonged to Carter Burden, an heir to Commodore Vanderbilt’s family. CRB started to aggressively seek acquisitions in other markets such as Allentown, Pa., White Plains, NY, Norwalk, Connecticut, Charlotte, N.C., Huntington, W.VA, and Port St. Lucie, FL. These stations had a variety of formats from Rock to Country to Adult Contemporary, depending upon each market’s needs. CRB eventually grew to about 20 stations before being sold and renamed as Commodore Media (ironically soon afterwards, the “Commodore” was bought out).

Progressive sales led to an eventual purchase by Capstar Broadcasting, of which Atlantic Star was a subsidiary. In September 1997, due to FCC restrictions, WJBR-FM was once again sold. In March of 2000, WJBR-FM was sold to NextMedia Group. NextMedia is an out-of-home media company that owns and operates radio stations and outdoor advertising properties in mid-size markets throughout the United States.

Early personalities associated with the station include local celebrities: Del Parks, Ed Hunt, and Howard Gesner, all three during the “Beautiful Music” years. Doug Weldon was Morning show host and Operations Director from 1985 to 1993, when Michael Waite joined WJBR-FM as Morning Show Host and Program Director. In 2003, Jane Bartsch was named Vice President and General Manager.

WJBR was purchased by Beasley Broadcasting Group on February 1, 2007. Beasley Broadcasting (BBGI) is a company that owns 47 other radio stations across the country in markets like Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Miami. The Beasley headquarters are located in Naples, Florida.

WJBR-FM remains a full service adult contemporary station and is a perennial ratings leader with adults 25-54 and women 25-54.


 

PROFILE:

FREQUENCY: 99.5 Mhz
POWER: 50,000 WATTS
COVERAGE: 4 STATES & 18 COUNTIES

Format:
WJBR-FM is Ground Central to four states (DE, MD, NJ and PA) and eighteen counties and is specifically targeted to adults. The station programs a full-service adult contemporary format, playing “Better Music – Fewer Interuptions” from a varied list of artists that includes John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, REO Speedwagon, Madonna, Goo Goo Dolls and John Mellencamp. WJBR-FM is especially popular with “in-office” listening and encourages participation and responsiveness to the station and its promotions.

News and Information:
“If it’s happening in your hometown, it’s on WJBR-FM!”
WJBR-FM’s News Center reports daily, Monday through Friday, with local coverage on all the top news, sports and weather reports. Plus, WJBR-FM features the area’s most dependable and only daily local  traffic reports. An additional feature of WJBR-FM’s News Center is “Operation Snowflake,” now on-air and on-line, providing regular reporting of closings, cancelations and delays from area schools and businesses due to inclement weather.

Community Service:
WJBR-FM is actively committed to the community and its welfare. We provide tremendous support to many non-profit organizations and take pride in our lasting partnership with organizations like The American Cancer Society, The American Lung Association, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, March of Dimes, Delaware Special Olympics and the American Heart Association. A comprehensive list of community events can be found on our Hometown Happenings page.