Broadcast areaDuluth area
Frequency850 kHz
BrandingVCY America
FormatChristian radio
AffiliationsVCY America
OwnerVCY America
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
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)
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]


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]


  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".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  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.