WCST

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WCST
City of license Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Broadcast area Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Morgan County, West Virginia
Branding "Cat Country 1010AM"
Slogan "Today's Best Country and Your All Time Favorites"
Frequency 1010 kHz
First air date 1958
Format Country
Power 270 Watts daytime
17 Watts nighttime
Class D
Facility ID 68205
Transmitter coordinates 39°37′0.0″N 78°13′3.0″W / 39.616667°N 78.217500°W / 39.616667; -78.217500
Callsign meaning W Charles S. Trump
see note
Affiliations IRN/USA Radio News
West Virginia MetroNews
Owner Capper Broadcasting Company
Sister stations WDHC

WCST is a Country formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, serving Berkeley Springs and Morgan County, West Virginia. WCST is owned and operated by Capper Broadcasting Company.

History[edit]

WCST signed on the air on September 7, 1958. WCST started with Dale Brooks, Tom Butcher, Kenny Robertson and Gary Daniels. They offered local programming, advertising and rock n' roll music. The call letters of the station were a tribute to Charles S. Trump, a major force behind getting the station on the air.

WCST adopted FM in 1965 and changed its genre to country music with the frequency 93.5. It was sold in the 1980s to Sam and Mary Lou Trump and later to Emmett Capper in 1995.

For many years WCST played country music, 23 hours a day; why they went off the air for just one hour remains a mystery. AM1010 was reported to be dark several times, but is just a tough catch even within town limits due to a bad tower location and tower ground system.

In the Summer of 2006, Berkeley Springs High School games and other local programming, which were heard on sister station WDHC, were moved to WCST when WDHC moved to 92.9.

Also in 2006, WCST and WDHC finally made a presence on the internet of sorts, with a MySpace Group operated by employees of the station. Currently, WCST and WDHC each have an active Facebook page.

In March 2014, WCST changed its format from News/Talk to Country, with the branding "Cat Country 1010AM WCST".

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