WRJE (1600 AM) was a radio station licensed to the Dover, Delaware metropolitan area. It first began broadcasting in 1957 under the call sign WKEN. The license was cancelled by the FCC on January 13, 2016 due to the station owner's failure to provide information required by said agency.[1]

WRJE
Broadcast areaDover, Delaware
Frequency1600 kHz
BrandingSabrosa Radio
Programming
FormatDefunct, was Regional Mexican
Ownership
OwnerEKO Media Group, Inc.
History
First air date
August 2, 1957
Last air date
January 13, 2016
(date of license cancellation)
Former call signs
WKEN (1957-1997)
WQVL (1997-2000)
WAMS (2000-2002)
WNRK (2002)
WKEN (2002)
WIBF (2002-2004)
WKEN (2004-2005)
WRJE (2005-2007)
WAMS (2007)
WXXY (2007-2009)
WDPZ (2009)
WAMS (2009-2011)
WMHZ (4/2011-9/2011)
WAMS (9/2011-11/2011)
Technical information
Facility ID21632
ClassB
Power5,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
Transmitter coordinates
39°10′11″N 75°33′13″W / 39.16972°N 75.55361°W / 39.16972; -75.55361

History edit

The station went on the air August 2, 1957[2] as WKEN.[3] It became WQVL on February 23, 1997, and was renamed WAMS on January 31, 2001. The station was unrelated to WTMC (1380 AM), a radio station in Wilmington which used the WAMS call sign from 1947 to 2000. The call sign was briefly changed to WNRK on March 26, 2002, then reverted to WKEN less than two months later. On July 21, 2002, the call sign was changed to WIBF to match its FM sister station in New Jersey (88.7 FM, now WEHA), which it had been simulcasting. On October 13, 2004, the station reverted to its original call sign WKEN for a third time. The original call sign remained in effect for almost a year until September 28, 2005, when the call sign was again changed to WRJE. The WAMS call sign returned to 1600 AM for a second time on January 11, 2007 and remained until July 10, 2007 when the call sign was changed to the call letters WXXY, again to match its sister station in New Jersey (88.7 FM), which it was once again simulcasting.

By June 2008, the FM station in New Jersey dropped the WXXY-FM call sign for WGMX and dropped the simulcast. By 2009, WXXY was still broadcasting a Gospel music format and had added an FM translator on 98.7 MHz in Dover with the call sign "W254AT". The station branded itself "Praise 98.7". The call sign changed again on May 15, 2009 to WDPZ. On September 7, 2009, the callsign was changed back to WAMS, playing an oldies format; also the frequency changed to 98.3 FM on translator W252CH. It also used translator W286BS/105.1-Milford, Delaware. On April 21, 2011, this station changed its callsign from WAMS to WMHZ. On September 29, 2011, WMHZ changed callsigns back to WAMS. On November 6, 2011, WAMS changed formats from 1980s' music to Gospel music. On November 17, 2011, WAMS changed callsigns back to WRJE. On February 10, 2012 WRJE changed formats to regional Mexican, branded as "Sabrosa Radio".

References edit

  1. ^ "FCC letter cancelling WRJE's license".
  2. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-81. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "WKEN (DWRJE) FCC history cards" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 24, 2017.

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