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City of license Catskill, New York
Broadcast area Mid-Hudson Region
Frequency 560 kHz
First air date 1970
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 Black United Fund of New York, Inc.

WCKL (560 AM) is a radio station licensed to Catskill, New York, USA, to broadcast at 560 kHz, the station serves the Hudson Valley area from Albany to Kingston. Owned since 2003 by Black United Fund of New York, Inc.[1] 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).[2]

WCKL has been primarily been off-the-air for several years. To avoid turning in the license to the FCC, the station broadcasts a few days a year.

During the 1970s & 1980s, the station was locally programmed with an Adult Contemporary 'full-service' format, featuring long-time morning host Guy Patrick Garraghan (formerly heard on WRIP until his death in 2010). In the 1990s, it featured a satellite-delivered pop standards format, and then briefly a simulcast of local co-owned FM station WZCR. In 2003, The Black United Fund of New York purchased the license for $100,000 (with original studios and the transmitter site being retained by seller, Clear Channel Communications) with plans to air a talk format aimed at the African-American community in the Albany area.[3]


  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  2. ^ "Clear Channel gets FCC nod". The Business Review. February 4, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2008. 
  3. ^ Pinckney, Barbara (June 30, 2003). "New owner Black United Fund changes format of radio station". The Business Review. Retrieved January 23, 2008. 

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