WCCM (AM)

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WCCM
WCCM logo
City of license Salem, New Hampshire
Broadcast area Merrimack Valley
Branding 1110 AM WCCM
Slogan Your Community Connection
Your Conversation Station
Frequency 1110 kHz 102.9-2 FM W275BH HD2 (HD Radio)
First air date January 10, 1977
Format News Talk Information
Power 5,000 watts day
Class D
Facility ID 13998
Transmitter coordinates 42°45′42.00″N 71°16′13.00″W / 42.7616667°N 71.2702778°W / 42.7616667; -71.2702778
Callsign meaning originally at 800 AM; attempt at a Roman numeral for 800 (subtract CC (200) from M (1000) to get 800)[1]
Former callsigns WNNW (1988-2002)
WCEC (2002-2002)
Affiliations IRN-USA Radio News, Radio America
Owner Costa-Eagle Radio Ventures Limited Partnership
Sister stations WNNW, WCEC
Webcast Listen Live!
Website 1110wccmam.com

WCCM (1110 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Salem, New Hampshire, USA, the station is currently owned by Costa-Eagle Radio Ventures Limited Partnership, a partnership between Pat Costa and his chief investor, The Eagle-Tribune.[2]

History[edit]

The 1110 frequency in Salem first signed on January 10, 1977[3] as WVNH, a middle-of-the-road station owned by Salem Broadcasters.[4] The station was sold in 1980 and under General Manager Dick Lange shifted to a nostalgia format. Unfortunately, just a month or so before the new ownership returned WVNH to the air a fire struck and destroyed Rockingham Park. Without its anchor draw, the business climate in Salem withered and WVNH falied to generate enough revenue to sustain its original staff. In late 1981, however, under Program Director Russ Mottla (the station's morning man, who was retained) the station shifted to a Big Band/Middle-of-the-Road format which dramatically improved ratings. [5] Despite the obvious drawback AM radio was by this time facing from FM, the Hughes family, which bought the station in 1984, restored the previous format;[6] four years later, Costa Communications purchased the station, changed the call letters to WNNW, and implemented a talk format.[3] Initially run more-or-less as a hobby, Costa soon discovered that the bulk of the station's profits came from its leased-time Spanish language programs,[7] leading WNNW to a full-time Spanish tropical format in 1990.[8] The station came under the operation of the Costa-Eagle partnership in 1996.[8]

The station changed its call letters to WCCM on August 29, 2002[9] as part of a larger shuffle that resulted in WNNW moving to WCCM's former frequency, 800 AM (where the WCCM intellectual property originated in August 1947); that station then moved to 1490 AM, taking WHAV off-the-air in favor of WCEC, which took over 1110 AM with WHAV's former Spanish-language talk programming. The changes formally took effect on-air that September;[10] on September 6, the WCEC callsign was formally implemented.[9] The WCCM callsign returned on a permanent basis, accompanied by that station's English-language talk format, on August 1, 2007, following a format swap with 1490. [11]

WCCM, along with sister stations WNNW and WCEC are carried on FM translator W275BH in a novel arrangement where three AM stations are carried on the same FM frequency through the use of HD Radio technology.

Programming[edit]

Most of WCCM's programming is syndicated, including America's Radio News Network and Don Imus. Spanish-language programming is aired on weekends, with the exception of Music and Memories (an adult standards show) and The Italian Show. WCCM is only licensed to operate from local sunrise until 30 minutes after local sunset (the latter with reduced power); this is to protect WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, in the fall and winter months, it is not unusual for WCCM to be heard before sunrise. On election day, November 6, 2012, WCCM stayed on the air well past local sunset to broadcast election results in the Merrimack Valley areas of New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fybush, Scott D (November 2, 1994). "New England Radio Watcher: WCAP owner dies". rec.radio.broadcasting (Google Groups). Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ "WCCM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  3. ^ a b Broadcasting/Cable Yearbook 1989 (PDF). 1989. p. B-189. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1979 (PDF). 1979. p. C-139. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1983 (PDF). 1983. p. B-154. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1988 (PDF). 1988. p. B-179. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ Medagila, Angelica (June 5, 2005). "Making waves in Spanish". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Medagila, Angelica (March 21, 2009). "Local Spanish radio station first in state to broadcast on FM dial". The Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "WCCM Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  10. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 10, 2002). "North East RadioWatch". Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  11. ^ Fybush, Scott (July 30, 2007). "Lawrence's WCCM Moves Again". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 

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