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City of license Raleigh, North Carolina
Broadcast area Raleigh/Durham
Research Triangle
Branding ESPN Deportes
Frequency 1550 (KHz)
Repeaters 99.9-4 WCMC-HD4
First air date 1962
Format Sports Radio, Spanish
Power 1,000 watts day
8 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 51262
Transmitter coordinates 35°45′37″N 78°39′27″W / 35.76028°N 78.65750°W / 35.76028; -78.65750
Owner Capitol Broadcasting Company
Sister stations WRAL-FM, WCMC-FM

WCLY is a Spanish language sports radio station located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company. Its studios are located in Raleigh, and the transmitter tower is just south of downtown Raleigh.


WCLY began broadcasting from Raleigh, North Carolina in 1962 as WNOH. WNOH was a country station founded by N.O. Harris, owner of Harris Distributors. WNOH's antenna was very near where the present-day Interstate 40 crosses Lake Wheeler Road, and its studios were located in the Jack Wardlaw Building on Hillsborough St. WNOH switched to Top 40 as WYNA in 1966. The station would later return to country under former WKIX owner Hugh Holder. With country music taking root on the FM dial, WYNA became Top 40 again as WRZR "The Rock of Raleigh" in 1982.

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The station was also known briefly as WSES from 1983 until it became WCLY in 1987. The station's black gospel format came on line after the failed Top 40 format. That same decade, construction of I-40 through southern Raleigh forced the station to move their antenna to Maywood Avenue, where it shares a tower with WLLE (now WFNL). In the late 1990s both stations were bought by Curtis Media Group.

It was announced on August 10, 2009 that Curtis Media would sell WCLY and WDNC to Capitol Broadcasting Company in exchange for the North Carolina News Network.[1] WCLY later switched to Spanish language sports radio from ESPN Deportes Radio in October.[2]


  1. ^ Baysden, Chris (August 10, 2009). "Sports radio shakeup: Capitol Broadcasting buys 620 the Bull; Curtis gets WRBZ 850". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved August 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Capitol Broadcasting adds ESPN Deportes". wralsportsfan.com. October 5, 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2009. 

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