WDCB (90.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a public radio and jazz format. Licensed to Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA, the station serves the Chicago area. The station is currently owned by College of DuPage, District 502 and features programing from AP Radio and Public Radio International. The station is also broadcast on HD radio.
WDCB 90.9 FM was founded as a 5,000-watt station in late 1977, and its original format was a mix of classical and news programming. Jazz programming was introduced in the early 1980s and became the primary format by the end of the decade. Since then, WDCB's format has expanded to include roots-rock, bluegrass, traditional country, Celtic, folk, blues, reggae, New Age, Acid Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, big band, 1980s heavy metal, and old-time radio shows, though straight-ahead jazz makes up about 50% of its music programming. Classical music continued to be heard on the station until late 2005.
Unlike most college-based stations, WDCB-FM is not student-operated, but rather very much professional in design and output. COD students, however, do work at WDCB's offices as aides for limited hours during the week.
The station manager of WDCB is Scott Wager; an employee at WDCB since 1981, he assumed the title in 2001 following the retirement of station co-founder Sid Fryer (Fryer's partner Robert Blake left in the mid-1980s). WDCB's programming director is Mary Patricia LaRue; she has held the position since 1984.
WDCB's current crop of on-air personalities include Bruce Oscar, Barry Winograd, Paul Abella, and John "British-American Buddy" Burnett, all of whom are prominent Chicago-based jazz musicians. WDCB is also the current home of "Those Were The Days," the long-running old-time radio program formerly hosted by Chuck Schaden.