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|City of license||Zion, Illinois|
|Broadcast area||Lake County, IL Kenosha County, WI|
|Power||250 watts day
2 watts night
|Former callsigns||WZBN, WKZN, WRJR|
|Owner||Polnet Communications, Ltd.|
|Sister stations||WKTA, WEEF, WNVR|
WPJX 1500 is an AM radio station, licensed to Zion, Illinois, that airs a Spanish format since February 2011. The station is owned by Polnet who also owns WKTA Evanston, WNVR Vernon Hills, and WEEF Highland Park-Deerfield. The station transmits with a directional 250 watts of power from 3 towers located on the corner of Delany Road and 21st Street near Wadsworth, Illinois. The station's daytime signal serves northern Lake County, Illinois and Kenosha County, Wisconsin. WPJX was previously a daytime only signal until May 2009 when it went 24 hours with 250 watts daytime and 2 watts nighttime.
WPJX currently programs Spanish programing during its entire broadcast day.
WPJX has had several formats over the years. When Polnet bought the station from Multicultural Broadcasting in 2006, the format was changed to a feed of Radio Formula. Prior to this under Multicultural's ownership it aired a mixture of oldies and classic country from 2002-2006.
Between 2000 and 2002 the station spent much of its time off the air while its previous owner ABC Radio was working on selling it off. A short lasting LMA to the owners of WBJX Racine, WI (now WJTI) brought the station back on the air for a short period in the spring and summer of 2001 simulcasting WBJX and airing its own Regional Mexican music from the Shiloh Mall in downtown Zion. The station then signed off the air until spring 2002 with occasional "tests" to keep the license going with easy listening music in the fall of 2001. It returned to the air permanently in spring 2002 first with its previous format, a simulcast of Radio Disney station WRDZ La Grange.
Prior to this, it ran a Regional Mexican format (also simulcasting with 1300) as "La Mexicana".
Other previous formats include Latin Jazz, sports talk (ESPN Radio), Classic Country, Gospel, and Adult Contemporary. The station was once co owned with WWDV 96.9 now owned by Bonneville and had studios in downtown Zion when they were co owned.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WPJX
- Radio-Locator Information on WPJX
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WPJX