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Station WXJ-76 (Champaign)

WXJ-76 operates 24 hours a day, on a frequency of 162.550 MHz. WXJ-76 transmits at 1,000 watts of power, from the WDWS-AM/WHMS-FM tower in Champaign.

WXJ-76 serves 9 counties in central Illinois:

Champaign (017019), Coles (017029), De Witt (017039), Douglas (017041), Edgar (017045), Ford (017053), Moultrie (017139), Piatt (017147), Vermilion (017183).

Numbers in parentheses are used for the Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME), utilized by some NOAA Weather Radio receivers.

To see a map of the listening area, click here.

Listeners in Coles, Douglas and Edgar Counties can also receive severe weather warnings on station KXI-47 in Paris.  Ford County is also covered by stations WXK-24 in Odell, and KXI-86 in Crescent City.  De Witt County is also covered by WXJ-75 in Springfield. Vermilion County is also covered by KXI-86 in Crescent City.  Moultrie County is also covered by station KXI-46 in Shelby County.


Routine Programming:

  • Regional Weather Synopsis:  This product gives an overview of the weather patterns that will affect the Midwest the next couple days.  It airs continuously (except in severe weather), and is updated around 5 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM, and 9 PM.
  • Champaign and Vicinity Forecast:  A forecast for the next 7 days.  It airs continuously, and is routinely updated at 4 AM and 3:30 PM.  Updates in between these times occur as necessary.
  • Hourly Weather Roundup:  Detailed hourly observations for Champaign, as well as temperature and observed weather at many locations around the Midwest, are updated at 1 minute and 10 minutes past each hour.
  • Hazardous Weather OutlookThis product gives a summary of expected weather hazards over the next 7 days, and information on when storm spotters may need to be activated.  It airs from 6 to 8 AM, 11 AM to 1 PM, and 3 to 5 PM daily.
  • Climate Summaries:  Daily summaries for observed conditions at the Champaign and Mattoon Airports air from 5 to 9 AM, and 6 to 8 PM, at the top of the hour, and at :15, :30 and :45 each hour.
  • River Flood Statements:  When flooding affects the Sangamon or Vermilion Rivers, statements will list current and forecast stages for several points along the affected rivers.  These are updated at 3 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM, and 9 PM, and play every 7 minutes.

 

 

During adverse weather conditions, some normal programming is suspended.   This is done to broadcast more important information frequently.

  • During severe thunderstorm and tornado watches, and flood warnings, the following will NOT air:  Climate Summary, Regional Weather Synopsis.

  • Most normal programming is eliminated during severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings.  Broadcast cycles are limited to severe weather watches and warnings, flood warnings, and Hourly Weather Roundup (local sites only).

When a severe weather watch or warning is issued, it is preceded by special alarm signals, which activate specially designed weather radios. These radios will alert you to the warning broadcast, through use of a siren or other means of notification. Radios that have the alarm feature and a battery backup are highly recommended. The cost of these radios range around $30, but may be as high as $80 for the programmable models, which allow you to screen out warnings that do not apply to your area. These radios can be found at many electronic stores.

In central Illinois, the alarm features will be used for the following messages:

  • Tornado Watches and Warnings
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watches and Warnings
  • Flash Flood Warnings
  • Blizzard Warnings
  • Non-Weather Emergency Messages
  • AMBER Alerts (SAME feature only)

This alarm feature is tested Wednesday between 11 AM and noon.   If severe weather is a threat, the test will be held the first available good-weather day.


Non-Routine Programming:

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