WFJS (AM)

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WFJS
City Trenton, New Jersey
Broadcast area Trenton area
Branding Domestic Church Radio
Frequency 1260 kHz (since 1952)
First air date January 20, 1947 (on 1490 kc.)
Format Religious
Power 5,000 watts (day)
2,500 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 53443
Transmitter coordinates 40°15′56.00″N 74°45′27.00″W / 40.2655556°N 74.7575000°W / 40.2655556; -74.7575000
Callsign meaning Fulton J. Sheen (archbishop)
Former callsigns WTRT (1978–1980)
WKXW (1980–1981)
WBUD (1947–1978, 1981–2008)
Owner Domestic Church Media Foundation
(Millennium Central New Jersey License Holdco, LLC)
Website wfjs.org

WFJS (1260 AM, "Domestic Church Radio") is a radio station broadcasting a religious format to the Trenton, New Jersey, United States area. The station is owned by the Domestic Church Media Foundation, a Catholic-based organisation based in Trenton, New Jersey.[1] WFJS is also heard on 89.3 WFJS-FM in Freehold, New Jersey.[2]

History[edit]

The station went on the air as WBUD on January 20, 1947, licensed to Morrisville, Pennsylvania on a frequency of 1490 kHz. In 1952, WBUD moved to its current frequency of 1260 kHz as a Trenton-licensed station. During a period in the late 1970s, the station held the call letters WTRT. On May 29, 1980, the station adopted the call letters WKXW. It reverted to the original call sign WBUD on September 1, 1981 and kept those call letters until 2008.[3][4]

In the early 1970s, WBUD broadcast a Top 40 format. In 1975, the station became an all-news outlet, carrying the NBC News and Information Service. When that service was discontinued in 1977, WBUD returned to music programming. By the late 1990s, WBUD was airing oldies music as "Great Gold Radio".

In February 2006, WBUD switched to ABC Radio's "Unforgettable Favorites" satellite feed airing a soft oldies/adult contemporary format. Despite a merger into "Timeless", WBUD has maintained its adult standards/oldies playlist up until March 31, 2008 when the station switched to a sports radio format as part of the Fox Sports Radio network. The station aired Fox Sports Radio all day except in afternoons, when it aired Premiere's Jim Rome Show and local programming.

It was announced by Millennium Radio Group on July 25, 2008 that WBUD would be sold to Domestic Church Media Foundation, which would drop Fox Sports Radio in favor of religious programming (mainly from EWTN).[5] The sale was completed on September 10, 2008.[6]

On September 14, 2008, WBUD had its final day of broadcasting before the new religious format, featuring the station's automated "Great Gold" oldies format, as well as Jack Pinto's Sunday Sinatra program, live in the studio. The station returned to Fox Sports at 2PM after playing its final song, "Yesterday's Gone", by Chad and Jeremy.[7]

On September 15, 2008, WBUD officially flipped to a Catholic-based religious format, as "Domestic Church Catholic Radio", named after the owner. On September 22, 2008, the station changed its calls to WFJS, named after Fulton J. Sheen, an archbishop who had used broadcasting (particularly television) to deliver the message about the Catholic faith. The station's studios will also be renamed as "The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Media Evangelization".[8]

In August 2012 WFJS was granted a construction permit to increase its daytime power to 5,900 watts and to add a fourth tower to its array to modify its daytime directional pattern. The demise of station WNWK in Newark, Delaware, which broadcast on the same frequency as WFJS, freed WFJS from an obligation to minimize interference to that station. The new directional pattern will improve WFJS's daytime signal to the south and southwest. No change will be made to the station's nighttime power or pattern.

WFJS-FM[edit]

In May 2011, the Domestic Church Media Foundation was granted a license for WFJS-FM on 89.3 FM in Freehold, New Jersey.[9]

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
WFJS-FM 89.3 Freehold Township, New Jersey 3,800 50 m (160 ft) A FCC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WBUD Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ WFJS Coverage Area Map WFJS.org. Accessed February 7, 2015
  3. ^ "New Jersey AM Radio History". 
  4. ^ "WBUD Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  5. ^ "Catholic group to drop WBUD sports format". Associated Press, Newsday. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  6. ^ "Making Moves: Wednesday Afternoon". Radio-Info.com. September 10, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Radio-Info.com Discussion Boards – WBUD now airing a final day broadcast...". Radio-Info.com. September 14, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ WFJS: " Domestic Church Media Foundation Announces Purchase OF WBUD 1260 AM in Trenton, NJ"
  9. ^ Application Search Details fcc.gov. Accessed February 7, 2015

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