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City Catskill, New York
Broadcast area Mid-Hudson Region
Frequency 560 kHz
First air date 1970
Format Defunct
Power 1,000 watts (day)
43 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 63526
Transmitter coordinates 42°12′3.00″N 73°50′9.00″W / 42.2008333°N 73.8358333°W / 42.2008333; -73.8358333
Callsign meaning W CatsKilL
Owner Family Broadcasting and Media

WCKL (560 AM) was a radio station licensed to Catskill, New York, USA, to broadcast at 560 kHz. The station lost its license in October 2016 in a consent decree with the FCC in which Brian Dodge admitted lying to the FCC, using various false names and addresses to control radio stations, numerous other violations, and a $100,000 fine to be paid by selling 3 FM translators to other broadcasters. Earlier, the station had sold to Clear Channel in a $4.3 million package deal which included WCKL, WCTW, WHUC and then-WTHK (now WZCR).[1]

WCKL had been primarily dark under current ownership, primarily due to non payment of transmitter site rent to I Heart Media. They had been silent since March 10, 2015 but were granted on March 9, 2016 STA (Special Temporary Authority) to use a temporary site at 25% power from a long wire antenna. The station never used that facility according to the consent decree so as a matter of FCC law WCKL's license expired March 10, 2016 due to one year of continuous silence.


  1. ^ "Clear Channel gets FCC nod". The Business Review. February 4, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2008. 

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