WBFJ (AM)

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WBFJ
City of licenseWinston-Salem, North Carolina
Broadcast areaPiedmont Triad
Branding1550 kHz C-QUAM AM stereo
Slogan"Christian Teaching and Talk Radio"
Frequency1550 kHz
FormatChristian Teaching and Talk
Power1,000 watts daytime only
ClassD
Facility ID73708
Transmitter coordinates36°06′33″N 80°14′44″W / 36.10917°N 80.24556°W / 36.10917; -80.24556
Former callsignsWPEG
WFCM
WPGD
AffiliationsIRN-USA Radio
OwnerWord of Life Broadcasting
Sister stationsWBFJ-FM
Websitestereo1550.com
 
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WBFJ
City of licenseWinston-Salem, North Carolina
Broadcast areaPiedmont Triad
Branding1550 kHz C-QUAM AM stereo
Slogan"Christian Teaching and Talk Radio"
Frequency1550 kHz
FormatChristian Teaching and Talk
Power1,000 watts daytime only
ClassD
Facility ID73708
Transmitter coordinates36°06′33″N 80°14′44″W / 36.10917°N 80.24556°W / 36.10917; -80.24556
Former callsignsWPEG
WFCM
WPGD
AffiliationsIRN-USA Radio
OwnerWord of Life Broadcasting
Sister stationsWBFJ-FM
Websitestereo1550.com

WBFJ (1550 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian Talk and Teaching format. Licensed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, it serves the Piedmont Triad area and is currently owned by Word of Life Broadcasting, Inc.

History[edit]

The station began broadcasting in 1960 from a transmitter and studios on Northwest Blvd. with the call letters WPEG (based on the name of then-owner Nick Reisenweiver's wife, Peggy). The theme song was "Peg O' My Heart".[1] The station broadcast a popular music and light classical format first before becoming the area's first country music station in 1963.[2] In October 1966, Suburban Radio Group of Belmont, North Carolina bought WPEG and changed its letters to WFCM.[3] After its 1971 sale to Rev. Robert A. Mayer, Pastor D.W. Long of Thomasville, North Carolina became manager[4] and WFCM became Southern Gospel and preaching. In 1979, WBFJ moved its studios to Trenwest Drive in Winston-Salem and began playing a mix of Contemporary Christian music (CCM) and Christian teaching & talk. In the early 1990s, WBFJ moved its studios to their current location on North Trade Street and began broadcasting in AM stereo. In September 1994, sister station WBFJ-FM signed on the air with a CCM format, and the AM assumed an all-teaching-and-talk format, keeping its AM stereo signal.[5]

The station was previously owned by Forsyth Broadcasting and Quality Media.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandra Whisnant, "Radio Station Is Named for 'Peg of His Heart," Winston-Salem Journal, November 6, 1960.
  2. ^ "WPEG Is Changing Its Format," Twin City Sentinel, February 16, 1963.
  3. ^ "Familiar Voice Returns to Radio," Wiston-Salem Journal, November 14, 1966.
  4. ^ "New Owner of WFCM Takes Over," Winston-Salem Journal, October 6, 1971.
  5. ^ "Station Provides Christian Content", Greensboro News & Record, February 7, 1997.

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