It all started with the dream of Mr. J.D. Bishop to have a radio station in Thomasville. That dream became a reality over fifty years ago. Mr. Bishop thought that the station should have his name.and now you know where our station got the call letters, WJDB. Those first years were filled with doing what has become a trademark of this station until the present time.entertaining our listeners in southwest Alabama and serving our client base.
WJDB still has the original control board seen in the picture plus the original tube type RCA BTA-IMX transmitter. Though no longer in service, we have kept it operational over the years, and from time to time, turn it on and allow our listeners to enjoy the unique sound of a tube type transmitter.
Two of the early members of the staff were Johnny McDonald and Virgil Moore. Both of these gentlemen held political office, with "Johnny Mac", as he was known on the air, serving as mayor of Thomasville, and Virgil Moore, with the on-air name of "Possum Moore", being a member of the city council.
On February 1, 1991, WJDB Inc. was acquired by Griffin Broadcasting Corporation. The owner of Griffin Broadcasting, Ivey Griffin, worked at WJDB while a student in college. It was during this period of time that a love of radio became instilled in him while working side by side with Johnny McDonald and Virgil Moore.
On January 15, 1995, WJDB underwent a major upgrade, which included a new state of the art transmitter using the latest in digital processing. Matching upgrades were also put in place at the main studio including a new computerized audio management system.
Since being acquired by Griffin Broadcasting Corporation, the station has won awards for news coverage, community service and our contributions to education. We are proud of our long term relationships with the Atlanta Braves, the Auburn Radio Network, Alabama Radio News and Fox News.
At WJDB, we are proud of our heritage and as we move forward, our focus on entertaining and informing our listeners will remain unchanged.