WWDJ

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WWDJ
CityBoston, Massachusetts
Broadcast areaGreater Boston
Branding"Radio Luz 1150 AM"
Frequency1150 kHz
First air dateAugust 26, 1935 (1935-08-26)
(as WCOP)
FormatSpanish Christian
Power5,000 watts
ClassB
Facility ID25051
Transmitter coordinates42°24′48.00″N 71°12′40.00″W / 42.4133333°N 71.2111111°W / 42.4133333; -71.2111111Coordinates: 42°24′48.00″N 71°12′40.00″W / 42.4133333°N 71.2111111°W / 42.4133333; -71.2111111
Callsign meaning"W-W-Disc Jockey"
Former callsignsWCOP (1935–1977)
WACQ (1977–1979)
WHUE (1979–1981)
WSNY (1981–1982)
WHUE (1982–1985)
WMEX (1985–1996)
WROR (1996)
WNFT (1996–1999)
WAMG (1999–2003)
WBPS (2003)
WTTT (2003–2008)
Former frequencies1120 kHz (1935–1941)
OwnerSalem Media Group
(Salem Communications Holding Corporation)
Sister stationsWEZE, WROL
WebcastListen live
Websitewww.RadioLuzBoston.com

WWDJ (1150 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station broadcasting a Spanish Christian radio format. Licensed to Boston, Massachusetts, it serves the Greater Boston radio market. The station is owned by the Salem Media Group and calls itself "Radio Luz" (Light Radio). Many of the shows heard on WWDJ are paid brokered programming, where national and local religious leaders pay for blocks of time, and may appeal for donations to their radio ministries.

The studios and offices are on Victory Road in Quincy, Massachusetts. The transmitter is on Concord Avenue in Lexington, Massachusetts.[1] WWDJ is powered at 5,000 watts, using a directional antenna to protect other stations on AM 1150.

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

WWDJ first signed on the air on August 26, 1935.[2] Its call sign was WCOP, representing its studio location, the COPley Plaza Hotel. Originally WCOP was a daytimer broadcasting on 1120 kilocycles at 500 watts, and required to go off the air at night. It was owned by the Massachusetts Broadcasting Company.

With the enactment of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement (NARBA) in 1941, WWDJ moved to 1150 kHz and got the authorization to broadcast around the clock.[3]

In June 1945, it became Boston's affiliate for the ABC Radio Network, which it would keep until the early 1950s. The station adopted a music format in 1956, and became one of the first stations in New England to utilize disk jockeys. In the late 1950s, one such DJ was Bob Wilson, who later became the radio play-by-play voice of the Boston Bruins hockey team.

Top 40, Country and Beautiful Music[edit]

WCOP became a Top 40 station in 1956. In 1962, it flipped to a middle of the road music station. In 1966, WCOP became the NBC Radio Network affiliate in Boston.

Then in 1968, WCOP took a bold move for a New England radio station. It switched to a country music format, which lasted for nine years. In 1977, WCOP dropped NBC Radio, and returned to Top 40 hits under the call letters WACQ. The new format lasted only until the station was sold and new owners came in on January 1, 1979.

The GCC Corporation switched WACQ and co-owned FM station 100.7 WTTK (now WZLX) to a beautiful music sound as WHUE and WHUE-FM.[4] Due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations at the time, the stations could only simulcast some hours of the day, but still played similar music on both AM and FM. At the time, the Boston radio dial had numerous easy listening stations, including 96.9 WJIB (now WBQT), 107.9 WXKS-FM and 99.5 WSSH (now WCRB). WHUE-AM-FM only lasted a few years.

Oldies, Business, Children[edit]

Stints as an all-news station and a soft adult contemporary format under the call letters of WSNY followed. In 1985, the station flipped to oldies music under the well-known WMEX call sign, after a sale to Greater Media. (The WMEX call letters had been associated with a popular Top 40 station on AM 1510.) Although enjoying some moderate success at first, CBS-owned 103.3 WODS flipped to an oldies format in late 1987, and WMEX, on the AM band, could not compete with an FM stereo outlet.

By 1990, the oldies format was replaced by business talk. This gave way in 1991 to a simulcast of co-owned soft adult contemporary 106.7 WMJX, and then to leased ethnic programming shortly afterwards.

After a brief stint with the WROR call sign (to hold it until it could be placed on 105.7 FM), the station became WNFT with the KidStar children's radio network on October 17, 1996. The network ceased operations in February 1997, at which time the station began simulcasting first country station WKLB-FM (at that time on 96.9 FM, now WBQT), and, after a sale to American Radio Systems in May, active rock station 107.3 WAAF (beginning June 2). During its time simulcasting WAAF, it was noticed one day that WNFT was airing the rhythmic contemporary sound of 94.5 WJMN instead. It turned out that a cleaning crew went into the station and decided to change the radio to a more desired format... and didn't know that they were actually changing which station 1150 was re-broadcasting.

Spanish Tropical[edit]

Mega Communications acquired the station in 1998, after CBS Radio, which merged with American Radio Systems shortly beforehand, was forced to sell WNFT to comply with FCC and Department of Justice regulations. For a period, WNFT carried a syndicated urban adult contemporary service known as "The Touch."

The station became WAMG with a tropical music format on December 1, 1998. The following year, it added a simulcast with AM 1400 WLLH in Lowell and Lawrence.[5]

Salem Ownership[edit]

In 2003, the station was sold to Salem Communications, and then swapped call letters with 890 AM, which inherited the "Mega" format and the simulcast on WLLH. Under Salem ownership, AM 1150 became WBPS, which was retained until the sale went through. Later in the year, the station adopted a talk format, using the WTTT call sign. Originally, this primarily consisted of conservative talk hosts from the Salem Radio Network, but in 2006 WTTT added Paul Harvey's news and commentary segments, which had been dropped from 1030 WBZ at the conclusion of 2005. Also added was the syndicated afternoon show from Sean Hannity, who was previously airing overnights on tape delay on 96.9 WTKK. In 2007, WTTT took on the moniker "Boston's Conservative Talk."

On January 28, 2008, WTTT discontinued the talk format and began playing Spanish Contemporary Christian music. The station launched a Spanish-language Christian talk and teaching format on February 4, 2008. The station also became the Spanish-language flagship station for the Boston Red Sox baseball team, replacing sister station 950 WROL.

On July 25, 2008, WTTT swapped call signs with sister station WWDJ in Hackensack, New Jersey, (part of the New York City market), which was later renamed to WNYM. As with most Spanish Christian stations owned by Salem Media, WWDJ calls itself "Radio Luz."

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Archives at BostonRadio.org". The Boston Radio Dial: WTTT(AM). Retrieved November 4, 2005.
  • "History of WWDJ". Retrieved November 9, 2008.
  • Official website
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WWDJ
  • Radio-Locator Information on WWDJ
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WWDJ