WBFJ (AM)

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WBFJ
City of license Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Broadcast area Piedmont Triad
Branding 1550 kHz C-QUAM AM stereo
Slogan "Christian Teaching and Talk Radio"
Frequency 1550 kHz
Format Christian Teaching and Talk
Power 1,000 watts daytime only
Class D
Facility ID 73708
Transmitter coordinates 36°06′33″N 80°14′44″W / 36.10917°N 80.24556°W / 36.10917; -80.24556
Callsign meaning We Broadcast For Jesus
Former callsigns WPEG
WFCM
WPGD
Affiliations IRN-USA Radio
Owner Word of Life Broadcasting
Sister stations WBFJ-FM
Website stereo1550.com

WBFJ (1550 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian Talk and Teaching format. Licensed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, it serves the Piedmont Triad area and is currently owned by Word of Life Broadcasting, Inc.

History[edit]

The station began broadcasting in 1960 from a transmitter and studios on Northwest Blvd. in Winston-Salem with the call letters WPEG (based on the name of then-owner Nick Reisenweiver's wife, Peggy). The theme song was "Peg O' My Heart".[1] The station broadcast a popular music and light classical format initially before becoming the area's first country music station in 1963.[2] In October 1966, Suburban Radio Group of Belmont, North Carolina, bought WPEG and changed its call letters to WFCM.[3] After its 1971 sale to Rev. Robert A. Mayer, Pastor D.W. Long of Thomasville, North Carolina, became manager[4] and WFCM switched to Southern Gospel and preaching.

In 1979, after its sale to Word of Life Broadcasting, Inc., the station changed its callsign to WBFJ, moved its studios to Trenwest Drive in Winston-Salem, and began playing a mix of Contemporary Christian music (CCM) and evangelical Christian teaching & talk. In the early 1990s, WBFJ moved its studios to the current location on North Trade Street in Winston-Salem and began broadcasting in AM stereo, while retaining the same format. In September 1994, sister station WBFJ-FM, 89.3 Winston-Salem, signed on the air with a mostly-music CCM format;[5] WBFJ adopted a Christian-teaching-and-talk-only format but kept its AM stereo signal. WBFJ 1550 reverted to AM mono broadcasting in March 2010.

The station was previously owned by Forsyth Broadcasting and Quality Media.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandra Whisnant, "Radio Station Is Named for 'Peg of His Heart," Winston-Salem Journal, November 6, 1960.
  2. ^ "WPEG Is Changing Its Format," Twin City Sentinel, February 16, 1963.
  3. ^ "Familiar Voice Returns to Radio," Wiston-Salem Journal, November 14, 1966.
  4. ^ "New Owner of WFCM Takes Over," Winston-Salem Journal, October 6, 1971.
  5. ^ "Station Provides Christian Content", Greensboro News & Record, February 7, 1997.

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