WCKL (New York)

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CityCatskill, New York
Broadcast areaMid-Hudson Region
Frequency560 kHz
First air date1970
Last air date2015
Power1,000 watts (day)
43 watts (night)
Facility ID63526
Transmitter coordinates42°12′3.00″N 73°50′9.00″W / 42.2008333°N 73.8358333°W / 42.2008333; -73.8358333
Callsign meaningW CatsKilL
OwnerFamily Broadcasting and Media

WCKL (560 AM) was a radio station licensed to Catskill, New York, United States, 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 Communications (now iHeartMedia) 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 iHeartMedia. 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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