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WENJ (97.3 FM) is a radio station that airs a sports radio format, licensed to Millville. Its transmitter is located in Corbin City, New Jersey, where it shares a tower with WRTQ. The station is affiliated with ESPN Radio. Its studios are in Northfield, New Jersey.

WENJ
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CityMillville, New Jersey
Broadcast areaSouth Jersey
Branding97.3 ESPN
Frequency97.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)103.3 W277BA (Millville, relays HD2)
104.1 W281BH (Absecon, relays HD4)
First air dateFebruary 2, 1962 (as WMVB-FM)
FormatAnalog/HD1: Sports
HD2: Spanish Hits (WEMG simulcast)
HD3: News/Talk (WPGG simulcast)
HD4: Classic Rock (Rock 104.1)
ERP50,000 watts (analog)
2,000 watts (digital)
HAAT142 meters
ClassB
Facility ID72981
Transmitter coordinates39°19′15″N 74°46′17″W / 39.32083°N 74.77139°W / 39.32083; -74.77139
Callsign meaningW ESPN New Jersey
Former callsignsWMVB-FM (1962-1988)
WBSS-FM (1988-2002)
WIXM (2002-2006)
WXKW (2006-2009)
WENJ-FM (2009-2012)
AffiliationsESPN Radio
Fútbol de Primera
Westwood One
OwnerTownsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Atlantic City II License, LLC)
Sister stationsWSJO, WPGG, WFPG, WPUR
WebcastListen Live FM/HD1
Listen Live HD4
Website973espn.com
Rock 104.1

Contents

HistoryEdit

WENJ first signed on February 2, 1962 as WMVB-FM, an FM sister station to WMVB (1440), airing an easy listening format; through the 1970s, the station began to evolve to an adult contemporary format.[1] The station became WBSS-FM a.k.a. "The New Boss 97 FM 97.3 WBSS, Stopless Music...For Shore!", in 1988, following a shift to contemporary hit radio.[1] In 1995, WBSS was sold to the owners of WKXW (101.5),[1] which switched the station to a simulcast of WKXW's news/talk and oldies format, with a small amount of local news.[2]

On March 15, 2002, WBSS dropped the simulcast of WKXW in favor of a modern adult contemporary format,[3] with a call change to WIXM (referring to the station's branding of "Mix 97.3") following a few weeks later.[4]

In November 2004, in the wake of sister station WSJO debuting a hot adult contemporary format, WIXM reverted to the WKXW simulcast;[5] two years later, the station was renamed to WXKW.[6]

In May 2009, WKXW began to remove references to having a simulcast partner for South Jersey from its promotions, indicating a planned format change for WXKW;[7] on June 1, the station switched to ESPN Radio as WENJ-FM.[8] The sports format had previously been heard in the market on WENJ, which switched to ESPN Deportes Radio after a brief period of simulcasting. The station simulcast again on that station from January 2, 2011 to October 15, 2012.

On October 31, 2012, the station changed its call sign to the current WENJ

On May 23, 2019, Townsquare Media launched Rock 104.1 on WENJ-HD4 and on simulcast translator W281BH in Atlantic City broadcasting a Classic Rock format.[9]

ProgrammingEdit

6-10am - Golic and Wingo - 10-12pm - The Dan LeBatard Show - 12-2pm - Mayes and Eytan - 2-6pm - The Sports Bash with Mike Gill

Weekends:

Saturday: 7-8am - Rack N' Fin Radio with Tom P. - 8-10am - The South Jersey Sports Report - 10-12 - The Locker Room - 12-2pm - Sports Bash Saturday with Josh Hennig

Play-by-play sportsEdit

97.3 ESPN is the Radio home of: Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Sixers, Philadelphia Flyers, Rutgers Scarlet Knights Football, Atlantic City Blackjacks, Arena Football League, NBA on ESPN, NBA Playoffs and the NBA Finals, MLB on ESPN, Baseball playoffs and the World Series, Sunday Night Baseball, The Masters, PGA Championship

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "New Jersey FM Radio History". Radio-History.com. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  2. ^ Fybush, Scott (August 25, 2000). "NERW On The Road!". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  3. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 18, 2002). "Millennium Spins it at the Shore". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (April 17, 2002). "Saga Buys WXOD/WKBK". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  5. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 8, 2004). "Salty Brine, 1918-2004". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  6. ^ Fybush, Scott (July 3, 2006). "WCRB Move Nears Completion". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (May 25, 2009). "On Memorial Day, No On-Air "Rewound"". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  8. ^ "ESPN-FM 97.3 to cover Cape May to Toms River, Atlantc City to Philadelphia". Gloucester County Times. NJ.com. May 29, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  9. ^ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/177059/townsquare-launches-rock-104-1-atlantic-city/

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