WNDZ

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WNDZ
WSBC WNDZ WAIT WorldRadioChicago logo.png
CityPortage, Indiana
Broadcast areaChicago
BrandingAccess Radio Chicago
Frequency750 kHz
First air dateMay 13, 1987[1]
Formatbrokered programming
Power15,000 watts daytime only
ClassD
Facility ID73316
Transmitter coordinates41°33′49.00″N 87°9′18.00″W / 41.5636111°N 87.1550000°W / 41.5636111; -87.1550000
Callsign meaningWiNDZ (the Windy City)
OwnerNewsweb Corporation
(WNDZ, Inc.)
Sister stationsWSBC, WAIT
Websiteaccessradiochicago.com

WNDZ (750 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a brokered programming format. Licensed to Portage, Indiana, United States, it serves the Chicago area. The station is owned by Newsweb Corporation. WNDZ operates as a daytime-only station.

History[edit]

It began when radio entrepreneurs Tom Jurek of WRIN, Rensselaer, and Annie Rose, a noted psychic, sold the frequency they found to begin a Merrillville, Indiana, radio station to Universal Broadcasting of New York, who were interested in starting a religious formatted station. It began broadcasting May 13, 1987 as a daytime only station, running 2,500 watts, with Rick Schwartz as its first General Manager.[1] The business office and studios were located in Lansing, Illinois.[1] They are currently on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.[2] The station originally aired a mixture of religious and ethnic programming.[3] In 1992, the station was sold to Douglas Broadcasting, for $2 million.[4][5] In 1994, the station joined Douglas Broadcasting's new AsiaOne network.[6][7] In 1997, the station's power was increased to 5,000 watts.[8][9] In late May 1998, the station switched from brokered programming to the motivational "Personal Achievement Radio" network, which moved from WYPA 820.[10][11] Later that year, the station was purchased by Z-Spanish Radio.[12][13] In 2000, Z-Spanish Radio was acquired by Entravision Communications.[14]

In 2004, Entravision Communications sold the station to Newsweb Corporation, along with 99.9 FM WRZA, for $24 million.[15][16] In 2007, the station's power was increased to 15,000 watts.[17][18] The format has remained brokered for most of the station's history, even during the time it was owned by Entravision.

Shows[edit]

Programming includes various brokered foreign language programming, much of it in Slavic languages including: Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, etc. Other programs are geared towards other Eastern European languages including Romanian. Spanish language programming also airs in addition to English language Religious programming, at times geared towards English-speaking Europeans.

Automated Adult Contemporary music (in English) fills the rest of the airtime.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Broadcasting Yearbook 1990, Broadcasting, 1990. p. B-111. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Wndz-Am.Main.Studio.773-767-1000
  3. ^ "WNDZ AM 750", Radio Chicago, Spring 1991. p. 46. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1994, Broadcasting & Cable, 1994. p. B-128. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Unmacht, Robert. "Proposed Station Transfers", The M-Street Journal. February 10, 1992. p. 4. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Borzillo, Carrie. "Asian Network Debuts", Billboard, July 2, 1994. p. 102. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Nidetz, Steve. "Mendte's 5 Emmys Giving His Critics Plenty To Ponder", Chicago Tribune, October 12, 1994. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Unmacht, Robert; McCrummen, Pat (1998). The M-Street Radio Directory. p. 234. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Application Search Details, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M-Street Journal. June 10, 1998. Vol. 15 No. 23. p. 1. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Kirk, Jim. "Spanish-language Network May Buy WYPA", Chicago Tribune, June 2, 1998. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Elsewhere", The M-Street Journal. July 1, 1998. Vol. 15 No. 26. p. 9. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Kirk, Jim. "Mickey Conquers WTAQ In Radio Cat And Mouse", Chicago Tribune, July 7, 1998. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "Signs of the Times", Radio & Records, 30th Anniversary Issue. 2003. p. 113. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  15. ^ Jacobson, Adam. "Entravision Exits Windy City", Radio & Records, January 23, 2004. p. 4. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  16. ^ Lazaroff, Leon. "Democratic donor plans to purchase 3 stations", Chicago Tribune, July 27, 2004. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  17. ^ Application Search Details, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "Technical Exhibit Amendment to Application for Construction Permit WNDZ, Inc. Radio Station WNDZ Portage, Indiana", du Treil, Lundin & Rackley, Inc. FCC.gov. April 7, 2005. Retrieved July 12, 2018.

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