WCJW

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WCJW
Wcjw logo.png
City of license Warsaw, New York
Branding CJ Country
Frequency 1140 kHz
Translator(s) See below
First air date May 16, 1973
Format Country
Power 8,000 watts day only (2,300 W Critical Hours)
Class D
Facility ID 37858
Callsign meaning W Catherine & John Weeks
Affiliations Fox News Radio, MRN, PRN
Owner Lloyd Lane, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website wcjw.com

WCJW (1140 AM, "CJ Country") is a radio station in western New York state. Its AM facility broadcasts at 8,000 watts on 1140 kHz from studios in Warsaw, New York during daytime hours only; however, five co-owned FM translators provide full-time service. The station's format is centered on country music with a strong emphasis on local news, weather, high school sports, and agriculture. Other popular weekday features include WCJW's daily Tradio program and weekend coverage of NASCAR races. National news service is provided by Fox News Radio. In contrast to many other small-market radio stations, WCJW maintains a local programming staff and carries satellite-delivered music ("After Midnite") only during overnight hours, which were added in 2008 and 2009.[1] Other syndicated programs heard on WCJW include When Radio Was.

Coverage area[edit]

WCJW is the only AM station licensed in Wyoming County and the only broadcast station in the county with a local studio (WLKK is licensed to Wethersfield in Wyoming County, but has its main studios in Buffalo). In addition to the county seat of Warsaw, targeted communities include Perry, Silver Springs, Castile, Gainesville, Arcade, and Attica, along with the Livingston County villages of Geneseo, Mount Morris, Nunda, Avon and Caledonia, and the Genesee County municipalities of Batavia and Le Roy. Although WCJW's 2 mV/m primary service contour extends to downtown Rochester and its 0.5 mV/m secondary contour encompasses all of Rochester and Buffalo,[2] the station directs its service towards the rural communities of the Genesee Valley region.

Translators[edit]

In June 2008, WCJW began simulcasting its programming on FM Translator W279BO in Warsaw, a 250 watt facility collocated with the studio and AM transmitter, and in November 2008, W288BZ began operating on 105.5 MHz from the Genesee County public safety tower in Batavia. In January 2009, W265BX began serving southern Wyoming County and Livingston County, and in November 2011, WCJW's fourth translator W282BQ commenced service to Le Roy, northern Livingston County, and southwestern Monroe County, including the Interstate 390 corridor from Geneseo to Henrietta. All four translators transmit in stereo and employ the Radio Data System.

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
W265BX 100.9 Nunda, New York 250 D FCC
W279BO 103.7 Warsaw, New York 250 D FCC
W282BQ 104.3 Avon, New York 110 D FCC
W288BZ 105.5 Batavia, New York 250 D FCC

History[edit]

WCJW began broadcasting on May 16, 1973 as a 1 kW daytime facility under the ownership of broadcast engineer John Weeks, who had spent much of his career on the engineering staff of WJR in Detroit. Weeks envisioned a family-oriented operation, with his wife Catherine and daughters Carolyn and Jill filling early staff positions at the station. WCJW's original music format took an easy listening / MOR approach, later dubbed "The Heart of Western New York".

Upon Weeks' retirement in September 1984, the station was purchased by Warsaw resident Lloyd Lane and a group of local investors. A format change to country music in 1986 brought increased support from listeners in this rural region of upstate New York with a local economy based primarily on dairy farming. In 1996, The station was awarded a New York State Broadcasters Association award for the best Small Market play by play. Seth Fenton and Tom LaDelfa were recongnized for their work covering local High School Football. At the time, due to it's daytime only status, WCJW taped Friday night games for play back on Saturday moring, and broadcast live games in the afternoon. In 1999, the station's nominal power was increased to 2,500 watts, and in 2014 the power increased again to 8,000 watts.

Prior to adding the FM translators in 2008, WCJW was a daytime-only station.

Awards[edit]

In 2007, WCJW was recognized by New Music Weekly magazine as the Country Radio Station of the Year at the New Music Awards.[3]

Personalities[edit]

  • Lloyd Lane
  • Steve Weber
  • Rick "RJ" Jordan
  • Kelli Carson
  • Jimi Jamm

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°43′34″N 78°06′43″W / 42.72611°N 78.11194°W / 42.72611; -78.11194