|City of license||Lansing, IL|
|Broadcast area||Chicago market|
|Frequency||106.3 FM (MHz) (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||April 15, 1991|
|Callsign meaning||W Soul R&B|
|Former callsigns||WLNR (1961-1991)
|Affiliations||Premiere; ABC Long Forms|
|Owner||Crawford Broadcasting Co.
WSRB, known locally as Soul 106-3 is an Urban Adult Contemporary radio station in Chicago, licensed to the Southland suburb of Lansing and transmitting within that city from a tower along the north side of the Kingery Expressway. Its studios are in Hammond, Indiana.
WSRB was the home to the syndicated Love, Lust and Lies with Michael Baisden. It was also the home to the Steve Harvey morning show until August 1, 2007. On March 25, 2009, rival WVAZ dropped The Tom Joyner Morning Show in favor of Harvey's. But on April 22, 2009, WSRB brought Joyner back.
106.3 FM began broadcasting in 1961 as WLNR, which stood for "West Lansing Near Railroad". The station aired a full service format playing Middle of the road (MOR) music, including Pop Standards and Easy listening. In the 1970s, talk programming would begin to occupy more of the station's schedule, with religious programming airing overnight. From 1973 to 1985, the station was home to the Warren Freiberg - Libby Collins Show, which would later be heard on 1600 WCGO in Chicago Heights, Illinois and 102.3 WTAS in Crete, Illinois. The Station was purchased by Johnson Publishing Company in 1985. In the late 1980s and early 90s the station aired a Soft urban contemporary format, which was simulcast on its sister station AM 950 WJPC.
On April 15, 1991 the station's callsign would be changed to WJPC as which stood for Johnson Publishing Company, the Station's Owner at the time. This would give the station the same callsign as its sister station, AM 950 WJPC. The station aired a Soft Urban Contemporary format and was known as "J106", Competing against WVAZ, which had flipped to Urban Adult Contemporary following the sale of the station form Sonderling Broadcasting in 1992.
WEJM 106 Jamz
In June 1994, Broadcast Partners, which owned WVAZ, acquired the station from Johnson Publishing. The new owners changed the callsign to WEJM-FM and station's format was flipped to Urban contemporary as "106 Jamz", placing it in competition with the market's Urban contemporary leader WGCI 107.5 FM. The station was simulcast on WEJM AM 950. In 1997, 106.3 WEJM-FM was sold to Crawford Broadcasting, who would change the station's format to Urban Gospel, though its AM simulcast 950 WEJM AM would continue to air the Urban/Rap format for several months after.
After its sale to Crawford Broadcasting in 1997, the station began airing a format consisting of Urban Gospel and brokered religious programming as "Your Born Again Gospel Station" and its callsign was changed to WYBA. On December 1, 1999, the station's branding was changed to "Power 106", and the brokered religious programming that aired on the station were moved to sister stations 92.3 WYCA and 102.3 WYAA, giving 106.3 a full-time Urban Gospel format. The Call Letters were changed from WYBA to WYCA in 2001 when WYCA 92.3 dropped its longtime Gospel and brokered Christian format in favor of Urban Contemporary. The call letters WYBA were moved to 102.3.
All Crawford Broadcasting Co. stations broadcast in High Definition digital (HD) radio, and all Crawford FM stations also broadcast on the second HD channel (HD-2).
Until June 2010, "Soul 106.3 FM" had a synchronous sister station, WYRB, airing on the same frequency and serving Rockford and DeKalb, Illinois. WYRB dropped out of the simulcast in June 2010 and adopted a standalone "Rhythmic" format under the name Power 106.3. Tom Joyner continues to air on Power 106.3.
On November 1, 2010, WSRB dropped its Urban AC format for Talk under the banner "Real Radio." Joyner and Baisden were retained under the new format due to their shows being less music and more talk, and they were joined by Dave Ramsey and Warren Ballentine throughout the day. The station continued to play Adult R&B music, but during the late evenings and weekends.
In August 2011, WSRB dropped the name "Real Radio" and switched back to calling itself "Soul 106-3," but the programming was initially unchanged.
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- Official website
- Owner website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WSRB
- Radio-Locator information on WSRB
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WSRB