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City Hammond, Indiana
Broadcast area Chicago market
Branding Power 92
Slogan #1 in the Streets
Frequency 92.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 2001 (WPWX)
1949 (WJIZ)
Format Urban Contemporary
ERP 50,000 watts horiz
50,000 watts vert
HAAT 150 meters (490 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 17304
Transmitter coordinates 41°37′50.00″N 87°31′40.00″W / 41.6305556°N 87.5277778°W / 41.6305556; -87.5277778Coordinates: 41°37′50.00″N 87°31′40.00″W / 41.6305556°N 87.5277778°W / 41.6305556; -87.5277778
Callsign meaning Po Wer X
Former callsigns WVJM (2001)
WYCA (1959-2001)[1]
WJOB-FM (1955-1959)
WJIZ (1949-1955)
Owner Crawford Broadcasting
(Dontron Inc.)
Webcast Listen Live
Website Power 92 Chicago

WPWX is an Urban Contemporary radio station that serves the Chicago area. WPWX is owned by Crawford Broadcasting, and broadcasts at 92.3 megahertz. WPWX's urban format debuted in the spring of 2001 in an attempt to go head to head with the longtime urban radio leader in Chicago, WGCI-FM (Crawford Broadcasting previously had a Christian talk format on the 92.3 frequency for over 40 years under the call letters WYCA). The WYCA call letters were in use from 1959-2001. WPWX currently is the Chicago home to The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, and at one time carried both the Doug Banks Morning Show and the The Tom Joyner Morning Show (both of whom worked at WGCI from the late 80's until the mid-90's). WPWX radio personalities include Shagg, DJ Pharris, Ozman, Young Si, Maha, and DJ Nehpets. The station also features mixer DJ Allstyle.

WPWX is not to be confused with WPWR-TV, the local MyNetworkTV affiliate that was known as "Power 50" for a few months in 2006.

All Crawford Broadcasting Company radio stations broadcast in digital (HD) radio, and all Crawford FM's also broadcast in HD-2 (second digital channel) audio. Urban Gospel sister station WYCA ("Rejoice 102.3") is simulcast on WPWX-HD2.

WPWX broadcasts from a tower located in Burnham, Illinois, on the Illinois/Indiana state line, about 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago. Its studios are in Hammond, Indiana.

The station began broadcasting on September 14, 1949, using the call letters WJIZ-FM. The call letters WJOB-FM were used from 1955-1959, then WYCA from 1959-2001.

WPWX broadcasts two channels in the HD Radio format.[2]


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