WDCJ

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WDCJ
Wmmj 2010 logo.jpg
City Prince Frederick, Maryland
Branding Majic 102.3 & 92.7
Slogan The Real Sound of the DMV
Frequency 92.7 MHz
First air date August 1, 1971[1]
Format Jammin' Oldies (leans Urban AC)
Power 2,850 watts
HAAT 145 meters
Class A
Facility ID 43277
Transmitter coordinates 38°40′26.00″N 76°35′40.99″W / 38.6738889°N 76.5947194°W / 38.6738889; -76.5947194
Former callsigns WESM (1971-1973)
WMJS (1973-2000)
WBZS-FM (2000-2006)
WWXT (2006-2017)
Owner Urban One
(Radio One Licenses, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.mymajicdc.com

WDCJ (92.7 FM) is a Jammin' Oldies formatted radio station licensed to Prince Frederick, Maryland and serving the southeastern Washington metropolitan area. The station's programming is a relay of WMMJ (102.3 FM) in Washington, D.C.[2]

History[edit]

92.7 FM signed on August 1, 1971 as WESM, a local station serving Calvert County, Maryland with country music. Original owners George Gautney and Carl Jones sold the station to Mel Gollub's MJS Communications in 1973.[3] As WMJS, the station continued as country at first, but later flipped to adult contemporary in 1985 and again to easy listening in 1987.[4]

In 2000, Mega Communications bought the station.[5] Under the new callsign WBZS-FM, it joined a simulcast with WBPS (94.3 FM, Warrenton, Virginia) to create a metro-wide network for its "La Nueva Mega" Spanish-language adult contemporary format. In 2005, the network flipped to Spanish oldies branded as "Mega Clasica".[6]

Immediately after the sale, efforts began to build a low-powered station to return local service to Calvert County.[7] WMJS-LP, taking the now-unused callsign, signed on in 2003.

Red Zebra Broadcasting, headed by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, purchased the two stations along with WKDL (730 AM, Alexandria, Virginia) in January 2006. Snyder's goal was a sports talk radio competitor to WTEM (980 AM). The three-station network was known as "Triple X ESPN Radio", with 92.7 FM gaining the WWXT callsign to match.[8] Snyder bought WTEM itself in 2008, after which the network was simply known as "ESPN 980".[9]

Snyder began selling his radio properties in 2017. WWXT was sold to Urban One on April 20; the station was flipped to a simulcast of WMMJ's rhythmic oldies format on May 1, with the new WDCJ callsign taking effect on the 19th.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1972 Broadcasting Yearbook (PDF). p. B-96. 
  2. ^ "Majic Expands, Can Now Be Heard on 102.3 and 92.7 FM". 1 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Changing hands" (PDF). Broadcsating. February 5, 1973. p. 32. 
  4. ^ Madden, Marty. "WMJS History". 
  5. ^ Hughes, Dave (November 17, 1999). "Mega Buys WMJS". 
  6. ^ Hughes, Dave (November 17, 2005). "Mega Flips 92.7 & 94.3 To "Classica"". DCRTV. 
  7. ^ Ahrens, Frank (2 May 2000). "In Calvert County, Hola and Goodbye". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ Clabaugh, Jeff (January 20, 2006). "Snyder buys three Washington radio stations". Washington Business Journal. 
  9. ^ Hughes, Dave (June 4, 2008). "Snyder To Buy WTEM & Two Talkers From Clear Channel". DCRTV. 
  10. ^ Madden, Marty (April 23, 2017). "Calvert-licensed radio station changing ownership again". TheBayNet. 

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