WCFL (FM)

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WCFL
WBGL station logo.png
CityMorris, Illinois
Broadcast areaSouth and West Suburban Chicago
LaSalle, Illinois
Pontiac, Illinois
Kankakee, Illinois
SloganFaith, Hope, Family
Frequency104.7 MHz
First air date1962[1]
FormatChristian AC
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT137 meters (449 feet)
ClassB
Former callsignsWRMI-FM 1962-1977[1]
WCSJ-FM 1977[1]-1988
WUEZ-FM 1988-1990[2][3]
OwnerIllinois Bible Institute
(Illinois District Council of the Assemblies of God[4])
Sister stationsWBGL, WCIC, WIBI
WebcastListen Live
Websitewbgl.org

WCFL 104.7 FM is a Christian radio station licensed to Morris, Illinois and owned by the Illinois Bible Institute, the educational branch of the Illinois District Council of the Assemblies of God.[5] WCFL airs a Contemporary Christian music format, relaying the programming of 91.7 WBGL in Champaign, Illinois.

In a complaint filed with the Federal Communications Commission in 2017, WCFL claims that its signal has been subjected to co-channel interference from translator W284DA, which relays WRDZ. The translator is operated by Polnet Communications Ltd. of Chicago.[6]

History[edit]

WCFL 104.7 originally held the call letters WRMI-FM, and was first licensed May 24, 1962.[1] In the 1970s, WRMI-FM aired a MOR format.[7][8] In 1977 the station's call sign was changed to WCSJ-FM.[1] WCSJ-FM initially simulcast the MOR format of WCSJ 1550.[9] By 1983, the station was airing a country music format, separate from its AM sister station.[10] In 1988 the station changed its call letters to WUEZ-FM.[3] As WUEZ-FM, the station aired an easy listening format.[11][12] In 1990 the station changed is callsign to WCFL and adopted an Oldies format with the branding "Super CFL" using slogans and jingles which harkened back to WCFL (AM) 1000.[12] The original WCFL-FM air staff included Gary Rivers, Bob Zak, Tom Kapsalis, Don Beno, and Jeff Andrews.[12] WCFL played rock hits from 1965 to 1979, with the goal of capturing the sound of the original WCFL.[12][13] The oldies format lasted until January 1994, when the station began simulcasting the soft AC programming of WCSJ 1550.[14]

In late 1993, the station was sold to the Illinois District Council of the Assemblies of God.[15][16] In February 1994, the station went silent while the sale was being finalized.[17] WCFL adopted its present Contemporary Christian music format in May 1994.[18][19] By 2003, the station was simulcasting WBGL full-time.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e History Cards for WCFL, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  2. ^ The History of WCSJ FM 103.1 WCSJ-FM. Accessed September 1, 2012
  3. ^ a b Call Sign History FCC.gov. Accessed September 1, 2012
  4. ^ FCC 316 fcc.gov. Accessed September 1, 2012
  5. ^ WCFL fcc.gov. Accessed September 1, 2012
  6. ^ Vernon, Tom (June 8, 2017). "WCFL Asks FCC to Shut Down Chicago Translator". Radio World. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  7. ^ 1972 Broadcasting Yearbook, Broadcasting, 1972. p. B-65. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977, Broadcasting, 1977. p. C-65. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1979, Broadcasting, 1979. p. C-68. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1983, Broadcasting/Cablecasting, 1983. p. B-76. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook '89, Broadcasting & Cable, 1989. p. B-95. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d Feder, Robert. "Radio's new WCFL will return to oldies". Chicago Sun Times. April 16, 1990
  13. ^ Steele, Jeffrey. "'CFL Still The Rebel The 2nd Time Around", Chicago Tribune, May 30, 1993. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  14. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M-Street Journal. Vol. 11 No. 1. January 5, 1994. p. 2. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  15. ^ Application Search Details fcc.gov. June 16, 1993. Accessed September 1, 2012
  16. ^ "Proposed Station Transfers", The M-Street Journal. Vol. 10 No. 43. October 26, 1993. p. 6. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M-Street Journal. Vol. 11 No. 6. February 9, 1994. p. 1. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "About WCFL". WCFL. Archived from the original on August 6, 2002. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M-Street Journal. Vol. 11 No. 20. May 18, 1994. p. 1. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  20. ^ "About WCFL". WBGL. Archived from the original on March 1, 2003. Retrieved July 14, 2018.

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Coordinates: 41°21′17″N 88°29′55″W / 41.3547541°N 88.4986806°W / 41.3547541; -88.4986806