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WRDZ
RadioDisney1300.png
City of license La Grange, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicago market
Branding Radio Disney AM 1300
Slogan "Your Music Your Way"
Frequency 1300 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1968
Format Children's radio
Power 4,500 watts day
4,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 28309
Transmitter coordinates 41°40′29″N 87°45′45″W / 41.67472°N 87.7625°W / 41.67472; -87.7625Coordinates: 41°40′29″N 87°45′45″W / 41.67472°N 87.7625°W / 41.67472; -87.7625
Callsign meaning We're Radio DiZney
Former callsigns WTAQ (1968-1998)
Affiliations Radio Disney
Owner Disney/ABC
(Radio Disney Chicago, LLC)
Sister stations WMVP
Also part of the Disney/ABC cluster: TV station WLS-TV
Webcast Radio Disney Live Feed
Website RadioDisney.com

WRDZ 1300 is an AM radio station, licensed to La Grange, Illinois, serving northeast Illinois, northwest Indiana and southeast Wisconsin. WRDZ is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company and currently broadcasts the Children's/Preteen network Radio Disney.

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History

For 30 years, prior to Radio Disney, the station was known as WTAQ. First, it was a foreign language brokered time station. The heart of this format was weekend ethnic polka programs, serving the large Eastern European population around Chicago. "Lil Wally" Jagiello, Uncle Henry Cukierka, Chet Schafer, Eddie Blazonczyk, Eddie Korosa, Little Richard and many other polka shows made their home there. Later, it became all Spanish as "La Mexicana", before switching to Radio Disney. During this period, it carried the Chicago White Sox baseball games.

WRDZ was born in 1998, when ABC Radio bought WTAQ 1300 and sister station WTAU 1500 in Zion, Illinois, to air their Radio Disney network. The stations were then owned by Lotus Communications Corporation and were simulcasting Latin American music as "La Mexicana". In July 1998, ABC Radio took over and started airing Radio Disney on the stations.

WTAQ and WTAU's call signs were later changed to WRDZ and WDDZ. In January 2000, WDDZ went off the air and remained so, until early 2001, when ABC Radio turned the operations back to Lotus, under a local marketing agreement (LMA). Lotus mixed programming between a simulcast of WBJX 1460 at Racine, Wisconsin and locally programmed, automated Latin American music. The call letters were changed to WPJX at that time. By the summer of 2001, the LMA ended and WPJX was off the air again, except for a few tests with easy listening music, noted running in October 2001. These lasted for about 30 minutes and were infrequent.

In the spring of 2002, WPJX returned to the air again, simulcasting WRDZ with Radio Disney again, just after it was announced that WPJX would be sold to Multicultural Broadcasting of Chicago. In the summer of 2002, WPJX became an automated mix of oldies and classic country music, under Multicultural's operation from studios in Wauconda, Illinois.

WPJX was sold to Polnet Communications in January, 2006.[1] In May 2006, the station changed format to Spanish language reggaeton music - a tropical Latin hybrid of hip-hop and reggae. It now runs programming from Mexico's Radio Formula.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Radio Locator Information on WPJX
  2. ^ "Radio Formula". Polnet Communications, Ltd. http://www.radio-formula.us/index.html. Retrieved 2009-02-14.  

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