WJKN (AM)

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WJKN
City Jackson, Michigan
Broadcast area Jackson, Michigan
Branding Good Shepherd Catholic Radio
Frequency 1510 kHz
First air date 1963
Format Catholic talk
Power 5,000 watts day
Class D
Callsign meaning Jackson
Former callsigns WJCO (5/18/90-8/21/95)
WHBT (1/1/89-5/18/90)
WJCO (4/18/84-1/1/89)
WDJD (?-4/18/84)
Affiliations EWTN Radio
Owner Jackson Lansing Catholic Radio
Website http://www.goodshepherdcatholicradio.net

WJKN (1510 AM) is a non-commercial Catholic talk radio station in Jackson, Michigan, United States of America. WJKN is owned by Jackson-Lansing Catholic Radio and is rebroadcast on FM translator W227BY at 93.3 FM, also licensed to Jackson.

History[edit]

AM 1510 was a country music station for over three decades under several call signs, including WJCO, WDJD, and WHBT. The WJKN calls were adopted in 1995 and the format changed to a full-service combination of news, talk and adult contemporary music. In 1998, WJKN phased out music programming and became a predominantly news station. Then, in September 2000, the station went dark after owner Coltrace Communications (the owner of WUPS-FM in Houghton Lake) sold the land on which the station's towers were located to a developer. Shortly afterward, Coltrace donated WJKN to its current owner, Spring Arbor University, which returned the station to the air briefly in late 2001 and early 2002 with a simulcast of WSAE-FM. WJKN was then again dark for several months, and then resurfaced in March 2003 simulcasting 1540 KTGG, whose 450-watt signal does not make it far outside of Spring Arbor.

In April 2014, it was announced that Spring Arbor University was selling WJKN 1510 to Jackson-Lansing Catholic Radio (d/b/a Good Shepherd Radio). This was the Catholic broadcaster's second go at getting a radio station in the Jackson area, as they had been in the process of buying the now-defunct WJKQ 88.5 FM when that station's license was revoked by the FCC. The sale was completed in August 2014. WJKN's FM translator, W227BY was also formerly owned by Spring Arbor University and operated out of Somerset, Michigan as a translator of WSAE 106.9 FM.

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