This page will attempt to showcase the histories of New Jersey AM Radio stations,
past and present.
Please feel free to e-mail me with any information you would like to contribute to this page and
you will be credited.
Some information provided by:
"The Airwaves Of New York:
Illustrated Histories Of 156 AM Stations In The
Metropolitan Area, 1921-1996"
WCPR - 530 AM, Hoboken
WCPR is run as a carrier-current station by the students of Stevens Insititute Of Technology in Hoboken.
The station first went on the air in 1959.
In the early 1970's, the school needed extra dorm room space, so they bought a used passenger ship and parked it next to the college in the Hudson River, in order to house WCPR temporarily.
However, because of the long string of lights on the ship (from one end, up to the masts, and to the other end), it doubled as an antenna, and the station was heard way beyond its normal range - even interferring with WABC on 770.
WCPR currently runs a variety of programming.
(Thanks to Robert Casey for some of this information)
WKNJ - 550 AM, Lakeside
Here's a station that's been sitting around for a LONG time without it ever being on the air.
550 was originally allocated to Lakeside on December 6, 1985.
Calls were assigned back on June 27, 1988 - yet to this day, remains an unbuilt CP.
The station is owned by Steve Wendell d/b/a Wendell & Associates.
Apparently, the problem is that local residents are against the tower site, Steve Wendell doesn't own the site - just leases it from the town and he has fallen behind on payments.
The FCC, however, has given him just 18 months to hit the air - this, as of a couple of years ago.
There was the possibility that the station would be moved across the border to New York, with the city of license changed to Harriman NY, and diplex with WRKL (910, New City NY).
In September 2002, the FCC finally threw out the CP for this station, after 14 years.
Wendell & Associates latest excuse for not getting the station built, was because of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
(Thanks to Doug Douglass for some of this information)