Polski Rozłam: Chicago Duo Gets Split


If there’s one market in the U.S. where Polish-language programming can be competitive, it’s Chicago. One of the choices in this metropolis, offering a mix of comedy bits, Polish pop, Euro Top 40, and EDM tunes at night is “Polski FM.”

It operates on two suburban signals — at least for now. One of these signals has just been sold in a deal brokered by Bob Heymann of Media Services Group.

For $5.099 million, Bible Broadcasting Network (BBN) is set to add WCPQ-FM 99.9, a South Side signal licensed to Park Forest, Ill., to its stable of Christian Talk & Teaching stations.

The seller is WCLR Inc., an entity controlled by Newsweb Corp.

Newsweb acquired WCPQ in March 2004, along with WNDZ-AM in Portage, Ind., for $24 million. The station had previously been regional Mexican as WRZA, under Z-Spanish Media in the late 1990s and in the early 2000s under Entravision. From February 1985 through August 1996, the facility was Top 40 as “99.9 The Bus.”

For a short period in 2005 and 2006, WCPQ was part of a Chicago-area Adult Hits trimulcast using the moniker “Nine.”

The WCPQ signal covers the cities of Kankakee and Joliet, and near South Side cities including Oak Lawn.

With the sale of WCPQ, “Polskie FM” will continue on WCPY-FM 92.7 in Arlington Heights, Ill., which covers the North Side of Chicagoland.