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Station wcbcam.JPG
City Cumberland, Maryland
Broadcast area Cumberland, Maryland
Frostburg, Maryland
Keyser, West Virginia
Branding "1270 WCBC"
Slogan "The Station You Can Count On"
Frequency 1270 kHz
First air date 1953
Format Full Service
Power 5,000 Watts daytime
1,000 Watts nighttime
Class B
Callsign meaning W Cumberland Broadcasting Corporation
Former callsigns WUOK
Affiliations ABC Radio News
Yahoo Sports Radio
Owner Cumberland Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stations WCBC-FM
Webcast WCBC Webstream
Website WCBC Online

WCBC is an AM radio station that serves the greater area of Cumberland, Maryland. Founded in April, 1976, WCBC provides news coverage: locally, regionally, and nationally; weather forecasts; participation in major community events to promote the area and its organizations by way of remote broadcasts and community service announcements.

WCBC’s programming includes the long running Dave Norman Morning Program, and network affiliations with ABC Radio Network (Network news and Sean Hannity), the Westwood One Radio Network (Jim Bohannon), Dave Ramsey, Mark Levin, Premiere Radio Network (Coast to Coast with George Noory and Art Bell), Talk Radio Network (Laura Ingraham and Michael Savage), Yahoo Sports Network, and the Focus on the Family Radio Network.

The station’s sports programming includes coverage of local high school football and basketball, Allegany College of Maryland basketball, and West Virginia University football and basketball, Washington Redskins football, and area little league baseball.

WCBC also has an FM sister station, WCBC-FM at 107.1 in Keyser, West Virginia, playing an oldies format.

Lawsuit against Allegany County schools[edit]

On August 28, 2007, Cumberland Broadcasting Corporation, the owners and operators of WCBC-AM/FM, and "the Maryland Delaware DC Broadcasters Association filed a law suit in the United States District Court in Baltimore against each member of the Allegany County Board of Education, and the Superintendent of Allegany County Schools, Bill AuMiller", according to the WCBC-AM website.

The reason for the lawsuit is "that the Board of Education has acted to deny WCBC its First Amendment rights", again quoting the WCBC website.

"Following criticism of the Board’s actions, WCBC was denied access to information provided to other media, denied access to press boxes at county schools, and denied information that would enable it to participate in a Board-endorsed scholarship program." [1] [2]

On August 31, 2007, the Allegany County Board of Education offered an olive branch [3] to WCBC and would again allow WCBC access to information, press boxes, etc. as it was prior to August 17, 2007 letter from the BOE which took those services away.[4]

According to a September 15, 2007, AP/WJZ-TV report:[5]

So, despite the previous "WCBC/BOE Agreement" signed on August 31, 2007, WCBC's lawsuit against the Allegany County (of Maryland) Board of Education remains in the courts.


  1. ^ WCBC. "WCBC files lawsuit against school board". WCBC. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  2. ^ WCBC. "WCBC vs. The Board of Education". WCBC. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  3. ^ WCBC. "School Board, WCBC Resolve Differences". WCBC. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  4. ^ WCBC. "WCBC / BOE Agreement - Signed August 31, 2007" (PDF). WCBC. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2011. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  5. ^ AP/WJZ. "Station Will Broadcast Games While Fighting Ban". AP/WJZ. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 

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Coordinates: 39°40′28″N 78°46′48″W / 39.67444°N 78.78000°W / 39.67444; -78.78000