WXRD

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WXRD
WXRD Xrock103.9 logo.png
City Crown Point, Indiana
Broadcast area Northwest Indiana / South Suburban Chicago
Branding X Rock 103.9
Slogan The Classic Rock of the Region
Frequency 103.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date November 10, 1972 (as WFLM)[1]
Format Classic rock
ERP 1,350 watts
HAAT 137 meters (449 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 39382
Transmitter coordinates 41°19′24.00″N 87°21′22.00″W / 41.3233333°N 87.3561111°W / 41.3233333; -87.3561111
Callsign meaning W X Rock D
Former callsigns WFLM (1972[2]-1982)
WWJY (1982-1996)[3]
WZCO (7/1996-12/1996)[3]
Affiliations Jones Radio Network, Premiere Radio Networks
Owner Adams Radio Group, LLC
(Adams Radio of Northern Indiana, LLC)
Sister stations WLJE, WZVN
Webcast Listen Live
Website xrock1039.com

WXRD (103.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock format. Licensed to Crown Point, Indiana, United States, it serves Northwest Indiana and Chicago's south suburbs. The station is currently owned by Adams Radio Group, LLC,[4] through licensee Adams Radio of Northern Indiana, LLC, and features programming from Jones Radio Network and Premiere Radio Networks.

WXRD is not licensed to broadcast a HD (digital hybrid) signal.[5]

History[edit]

The station began broadcasting November 10, 1972, holding the call sign WFLM, and airing an easy listening format, as the "World's Finest Listening Music".[1][2][6] The station was originally owned by John Meyer.[1][2] In 1982, the station's call sign was changed to WWJY,[3] and the station was branded "Joy"/"South Lake 104".[6] In 1993, John Meyer sold the station to M & M Broadcasting, owned by former Hammond, Indiana mayor Thomas McDermott, Sr., for $600,000.[7] On March 1, 1993, the station's format was changed from easy listening to CHR.[6][7][8] In 1995, the station would begin to simulcast the rock format of WABT 103.9 in Dundee, Illinois.[9]

In 1996, the station was sold to Z-Spanish Network, along with WABT, for $3.6 million,[10][11] and the station adopted a Spanish language format,[12] as "La Zeta".[13] On July 1, 1996, the station's call sign was changed to WZCO.[3] The station would go silent shortly thereafter, before switching to a country music format in November 1996, with programming from Real Country, under a LMA with M & M Broadcasting, who was in the process of purchasing the station.[14] On December 2, 1996, the station's call sign was changed to WXRD.[3] By 2002, the station's format had been changed to classic rock.[15] In 2004, the station was sold to Porter County Broadcasting, along with WZVN, for $4.9 million.[16][17] The station was purchased by Adams Radio Group in 2014.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 1974 Broadcasting Yearbook, Broadcasting, 1974. p. B-70. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c History Cards for WXRD, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  4. ^ http://adamsradiogroup.homestead.com/Northern-Indiana.html?_=1403899746699
  5. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/sta_det.pl?Facility_id=39382
  6. ^ a b c Ghrist, John R. (1996). Valley Voices: A Radio History. Crossroads Communications. p. 252-257.
  7. ^ a b "Changing Hands", Broadcasting, February 8, 1993. p. 51. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  8. ^ The M Street Radio Directory. 1995. p. 208. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  9. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M Street Journal. Vol 12 No. 31. August 2, 1995. p. 1. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "Elsewhere", The M Street Journal. Vol. 13 No. 12. March 20, 1996. p. 8. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "Newsline", Billboard, March 30, 1996. p. 142. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  12. ^ Hevrdejs, Judy; Conklin, Mike. "NBA Champion Trophy Mystery Gets Crystal Clear Solution", Chicago Tribune, June 13, 1996. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Call Letter Changes", The M Street Journal. Vol. 13 No. 28. July 10, 1996. p. 4. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  14. ^ "Format Changes", The M Street Journal. Vol. 13 No. 48. November 27, 1996. p. 1. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  15. ^ The M Street Radio Directory. 2002-2003. p. 206. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  16. ^ Asset Purchase Agreement, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  17. ^ Application Search Details, fcc.gov. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  18. ^ "Adams Radio Group Closes On Purchase Of Northwest IN's Radio One Communications Stations", Chicagoland Radio and Media. August 6, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2018.

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