When I signed off 96X "Part I" in Febuary 1981, we were at 96.3 When I signed on WCJX "96X Part II" in June of 1985, we were still at 96.3 We did not change the frequency to 96.5 until the beginning part of 1986. I'm not sure which month, but I believe it was in the first quarter of the year. I ran a spoof promo saying we were signing off the frequency again. Where the posts that say it wasn't until after it became Power 96 when the frequency changed, I don't know, but that time frame is incorrect.
As to 96.3 vs 96.5, that was an interesting 12 months or so in 1985. I wanna say (because I am not sure) that they started (as WCJX) on 96.5 with lower power, because the station in Jupiter (WKSY at that time?) was still on 96.7. It had to move for 96.5 to upgrade. WCJX was temporarily back on 96.3 with the full power (again I am not 100% here), and then once WKSY moved (I think to 99.5), WCJX went back to 96.5.
Now I'm really
going crazy.......Could have sworn
the change of frequency at 96 did not happen until after it became Power 96....I seem to remember a Herald article where Greg Reed was interviewed about the move up the dial.....I also seem to remember the TV ads which Power ran at the time were re-edited and it was Tanner that said "Now! on 96.5 FM". Also promos featuring Jerry Clifton's signature voice saying "now we're Power 96--and a half". I want to say (as I remember it), that the change happened sometime spring '87.
I actually liked the "Super Sixteen".....'85 was a good year for music, so hearing all that stuff over and over was something this 9 year old enjoyed (nobody plays the "Wham Rap" anymore).
I believe the move to 96.5 had been in the works for a very long time before, as a Vane Jones log I have from 1979 lists WMJX (incorrectly, of course) on 96.5, and also, while the 'new' 96 signed on at 96.3, the loooong list of new applicants to the frequency that appeared in Broadcasting Magazine also specified 96.5.
Also, when 96.3 signed back on in '85, COL was Miramar, not Miami.....