|Broadcast area||Glasgow/Cave City
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Mammoth Cave area
|Branding||AM 1490 WCLU|
|First air date||September 23, 1946 (estimated)|
|Audience share||1.1 (Sp'07, R&R) (, )|
|Former callsigns||WKAY (1946-1988)|
|Affiliations||CBS Radio, ABC Radio (United States)|
|Owner||Royse Radio, Inc.|
WCLU is a radio station broadcasting an Oldies format at a frequency of 1490 kHz. It is licensed to Glasgow, Kentucky, USA, and serving Glasgow, Bowling Green, and the Caveland area of south-central Kentucky, the station is owned by Royse Radio, Incorporated.
The station has an estimated sign on date of September 23, 1946 as WKAY, the first of two radio stations originally owned by Glasgow Broadcasting, Inc., along with WGGC-FM when it signed on sometime in 1961. Original studios were located at 510 Happy Valley Road in Glasgow, which was demolished in November 2014 to make room for a new drug store. The station's original transmitting tower was made entirely of 170 feet (52 m) worth of oil well casing, because the owner couldn't afford to really erect a tower, especially during World War II. A real tower wasn't erected until 1963, two years after their then-sister station WGGC signed on.
The station was purchased by its current owner, Royse Radio, in 1988, changing the station's call letters to the current WCLU afterwards. In 1991, WCLU moved into a new facility on West Main Street in downtown Glasgow.
The station's oldies format is also accompanied with local talk radio programming, including local newscasts, and local sports coverage. Top-of-hour national newscasts alternate between affiliations with CBS Radio News and ABC News Radio. News updates from the Kentucky News Network are also provided by the station.
The station's programming can also be heard in the background on local cable station EPB 6, the advertisement channel of the city's cable television and electricity provider, the Glasgow Electric Plant Board.
- "Bowling Green Market Rankings" Radio & Records
- "WCLU Call Sign History" United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division
- Overstreet, Melinda J. (November 21, 2014). "Ely Drugs plans new location, will take over spot where radio stations once were". Glasgow Daily Times. Retrieved April 14, 2015.