City Hammond, Indiana
Broadcast area Chicago market
Northwest Indiana
Branding Power 92
Slogan #1 in the Streets
Frequency 92.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 2001 (WPWX)
1949 (WJIZ)
Format Urban Contemporary
ERP 50,000 watts horiz
50,000 watts vert
HAAT 150 meters (490 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 17304
Transmitter coordinates 41°37′50.00″N 87°31′40.00″W / 41.6305556°N 87.5277778°W / 41.6305556; -87.5277778Coordinates: 41°37′50.00″N 87°31′40.00″W / 41.6305556°N 87.5277778°W / 41.6305556; -87.5277778
Callsign meaning Po Wer X
Former callsigns WVJM (2001)
WYCA (1959-2001)[1]
WJOB-FM (1955-1959)
WJIZ (1949-1955)
Owner Crawford Broadcasting
(Dontron Inc.)
Webcast Listen Live
Website Power 92 Chicago

WPWX (92.3 FM) is an Urban Contemporary radio station licensed to Hammond, Indiana and serving the Chicago market in addition to northwest Indiana, and is owned by Crawford Broadcasting. The station broadcasts from a transmitter a few hundred feet west of the Illinois/Indiana state line in Burnham, Illinois, with studios on Calumet Avenue in Hammond.

WPWX's urban format debuted on March 26, 2001, in an attempt to go head to head with the longtime urban radio leader in Chicago, WGCI-FM (Crawford Broadcasting previously had a Christian talk format on the 92.3 frequency for over 40 years under the call letters WYCA). The WYCA call letters were in use from 1959-2001.[2] WPWX currently is the Chicago home to The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, and at one time carried both the Doug Banks Morning Show and The Tom Joyner Morning Show (both of whom worked at WGCI from the late 80's until the mid-90's). WPWX radio personalities include DJ Pharris, Ozman, Maha, DJ Nehpets, Hot Rod, Young Si, Paris Taylor, Mic Jonez, G Skee, and Rickey Rampage.

WPWX is not to be confused with Gary-licensed WPWR-TV, Chicago's The CW/MyNetworkTV affiliate which also uses "Power" as a branding and their callsign meaning.

The station began broadcasting on September 14, 1949, using the call letters WJIZ-FM. The call letters WJOB-FM were used from 1955-1959, then WYCA from 1959-2001.

HD Programming

All Crawford Broadcasting Company radio stations broadcast in digital HD Radio, and all Crawford FM's also broadcast both HD1 & HD2 (digital) audio. Urban Gospel sister station WYCA, known as Rejoice 102.3, is simulcast on WPWX HD2.[3]


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