WBCB (AM)

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WBCB
City Levittown, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Branding WBCB 1490 AM
Frequency 1490 kHz
First air date December 8th 1957
Format general service
Power 1,000 watts
Class C
Facility ID 53648
Owner Progressive Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://www.wbcb1490.com/

WBCB is an AM broadcast station licensed to operate on 1490 kHz for Levittown, Pennsylvania, and serving the areas of Bucks County, Pennsylvania and other parts of suburban Philadelphia. Its programming mixes news, talk, music and local sports. It also broadcasts Philadelphia Eagles football and Philadelphia Phillies baseball games as well as the Super Bowl.[citation needed]

WBCB began broadcasting on December 8, 1957 by owner Drew J.T. O'Keefe, who was a Main Line attorney. He owned the station until his death in the late 1980s. The early years were marked by the emergence of soon to be big name personalities like Bill Bircher and Horace Greely McNabb. Since 1992, the station has been owned by local businessman Pasquale T. Deon Jr. and veteran Philadelphia Eagles broadcaster Merrill Reese, who was a WBCB alumnus early in his career.

Current personalities[edit]

  • Merrill Reese
  • Dan Baker (PA announcer)
  • Greg Luzinski
  • Dennis Ostopowicz
  • Sam Goldberg, News and Sports
  • Charlotte Reese, News
  • Sean Lerman
  • Dave Uram, News
  • Gaetano "Gaet" Martini
  • Jim Foxwell, Mornings
  • Fearon Derry
  • Pat Wandling, Speak Your Piece
  • Lou Powers
  • Joe LeCompte
  • Brooks Saint Ives

Alumni personalities[edit]

Vince Reed, News, for over 40 years.

Bruce Bailey, ca. 1971 evening shift from 7pm-Midnight

Steve Bessler, Morning Drive, 1980s

Bill Tourot, Overnight DJ, 1982

Tom Richards, Overnight fill-in, 1982

Jim Costanzo, Overnight fill-in, 1982

Paul Baroli Jr, Program Manager, Coffee With Kahuna, for 10 years.

Dick Fennessy (Tom Sommers) 1972-1974 Afternoons - Evenings

Dan Wing - News Anchor/Sports Director/DJ - 2007-2014

Bill Matter, afternoon drive fill-in, 1979

Al Stewart (Allan Hotlen) Nights 961-1963

Speciality shows[edit]

  • Monday Night Kickoff
  • Pro Football Report with Merrill Reese and Harry Gamble
  • The Bull Session with Dan Baker and Greg "The Bull" Luzinski
  • Baseball Insiders with John Brazer and Ricky Bottalico
  • Bill Clement's Hockey World
  • Pro Wrestling Weekly with Fearon Derry
  • Chart Toppers with Fearon Derry
  • Racing Wrap With Skip Clayton
  • Sports Talk with Roger Wechsler
  • The Mike and Tom Show with Mike Samsel and Tom Monfiletto
  • The Dennis Ostopowicz Polka Show

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°10′08″N 74°50′08″W / 40.16889°N 74.83556°W / 40.16889; -74.83556