WQRM
CityDuluth, Minnesota
Broadcast areaDuluth area
Frequency850 kHz
BrandingVCY America
Programming
FormatChristian radio
AffiliationsVCY America
Ownership
OwnerVCY America
History
First air date
April 26, 1963 (as WWJC at 1270)
Former call signs
WWJC (1963-2014)
Former frequencies
1270 kHz (1963-1970)
Technical information
Facility ID74191
ClassD
Power50,000 watts day
14,000 watts critical hours
Transmitter coordinates
46°39′19.00″N 92°12′40.00″W / 46.6552778°N 92.2111111°W / 46.6552778; -92.2111111
Translator(s)97.7 W249CX (Duluth)
Links
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteVCY America website

WQRM (850 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian radio format. Licensed to Duluth, Minnesota, United States, the station is an owned and operated affiliate of VCY America.[1]

History

The station began broadcasting on April 26, 1963 and held the call sign WWJC.[2] The station was originally owned by Twin Ports Christian Broadcasting Corporation.[3] It originally broadcast at 1270 kHz and ran 5,000 watts.[2][3] Its original city of license was Superior, Wisconsin.[3] In 1970, its frequency was changed to 850 kHz, its power was increased to 10,000 watts, and its city of license was changed to Duluth, Minnesota.[2]

In 2014, the station was sold to VCY America for $400,000.[2] In 2016, WQRM was granted a license to increase daytime power to 50,000 watts, with critical hours service of 14,000 watts.[4]

On August 8, 2021, WQRM was the victim of a fire that totally destroyed the new transmitter as well as the backup transmitters.[5][6][7] The fire caused over $500,000 in damage to the transmitter and other equipment, and $75,000 in structural damage.[8]

References

  1. ^ WQRM fcc.gov. Accessed April 18, 2014
  2. ^ a b c d "Duluth Christian radio station WWJC to be sold", Duluth News Tribune. February 1, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c History Cards for WQRM, fcc.gov. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  4. ^ "Application Search Details". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  5. ^ "WQRM 850 AM Off Air Due To Fire".
  6. ^ Harlow, Tim. "Fire heavily damages Duluth Christian radio station", Star Tribune. August 9, 2021. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  7. ^ "WQRM Duluth Knocked Off-Air Due To Transmitter Fire", InsideRadio. August 9, 2021. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  8. ^ Rahman, Arman. "Decades-Old WWJC Radio Station Heavily Damaged In Early Morning Fire", KQDS-TV. August 8, 2021. Retrieved October 5, 2021.