WCFJ (defunct)

WCFJ (defunct)
City Chicago Heights, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicago's south suburbs and South Side
Branding Access Radio Chicago
Frequency 1470 kHz
First air date May 15, 1963 (as WMPP)
Last air date November 7, 2015
Format Brokered programming (1998-2015)
Power 1,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 37246
Transmitter coordinates 41°25′29″N 87°38′27″W / 41.42472°N 87.64083°W / 41.42472; -87.64083Coordinates: 41°25′29″N 87°38′27″W / 41.42472°N 87.64083°W / 41.42472; -87.64083
Callsign meaning Winning Chicagoland For Jesus (station previously aired religious programming)[1]
Former callsigns WMPP (1963-1989)
Owner Newsweb Corporation (1998-2015)
Sister stations WAIT, WNDZ

WCFJ (1470 AM) was a radio station licensed to Chicago Heights, Illinois, United States. It served Chicago's south suburbs and South Side. The station's original call sign was WMPP.


WMPP began broadcasting on May 15, 1963, originally airing a format consisting of Jazz and R&B.[2] The first African-American owned and operated radio station in the Midwest,[2] it was owned by Seaway Broadcasting Company. The company was run by Chicago businessmen William Martin and Charles Pickard.[3] The call letters stood for Working (for) More People's Progress.[4] The station continued to air an R&B format[5] into the 1980s when the station began to sell an increasing amount of brokered airtime. The station was sold to JANA Broadcasting in 1984.[6] In early 1989 the station was sold to Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church,[7] and the station aired a Gospel music/Religious format.[8][9] On September 18, 1989, the station's callsign was changed to WCFJ.[10] The station was sold to Newsweb Corporation in 1998, which changed its format to brokered programming.[11]

On November 7, 2015, Newsweb pulled the plug on WCFJ, citing that the station was no longer profitable. The license was surrendered to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on November 9, 2015; the FCC cancelled the license and deleted the WCFJ call sign the same day.[1]


  1. 1 2 Feder, Robert "Newsweb surrenders station license", "www.robertfeder.com", November 7, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  2. 1 2 R&B Roundup Biro, Nick. (p. 22) Billboard. May 11, 1963. Accessed January 1, 2014
  3. Hayes, Bernie J., ed. (2005). Death Of Black Radio. iUniverse. p. 171. ISBN 0-595-35463-7. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  4. "Chicago Radio Timeline". Zecom Communications. Archived from the original on May 25, 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  5. Stations, everywhere: a listeners' guide to the AM and FM bands Chicago Tribune Magazine. March 4, 1979. Accessed January 1, 2014
  6. Application Search Details fcc.gov. Accessed January 1, 2014
  7. Application Search Details fcc.gov. Accessed January 1, 2014
  8. Chicagoland Radio Stations Dialog Magazine. October 1989. (p. 3) Accessed January 5, 2014.
  9. Station Formats Chicago Airwaves. (p. 13) October 1993. Accessed January 4, 2014
  10. Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Accessed January 1, 2014
  11. Application Search Details fcc.gov. Accessed January 1, 2014
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