|City||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Branding||1550 the Ticket|
|First air date||1962|
|Power||1,000 watts day
8 watts night
|Former callsigns||WNOH (1962-66)
|Owner||Capitol Broadcasting Company|
|Sister stations||WRAL-FM, WCMC-FM|
WCLY is a sports radio station located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company. Its studios are located in Raleigh, and the transmitter tower is just south of downtown Raleigh.
WCLY began broadcasting in August 1962 as WNOH as a country station founded by N.O. Harris, owner of Harris Wholesale, a local beer distributor. WNOH's original antenna was close to where present-day Interstate 40 crosses Lake Wheeler Road, and its studios were located in the Jack Wardlaw Building on Hillsborough Street. WNOH switched to Top 40 as WYNA in 1966, only to return to country under former WKIX owner Hugh Holder. As country music began taking root on the FM dial, WYNA became Top 40 again as WRZR "The Rock of Raleigh" in 1982.
The Top 40 format did not last long, and the station became WSES in 1983 and switched to black gospel. Construction of I-40 through southern Raleigh forced the station to move their antenna to Maywood Avenue, where it shared a tower with WLLE (now WFNL). By 1987, the current WCLY calls were adopted. In the late 1990s, both WCLY and the former WLLE (which was WDTF at the time) were bought by Curtis Media Group.
It was announced on August 10, 2009 that Curtis Media would sell WCLY and WDNC to Capitol Broadcasting Company in exchange for the North Carolina News Network. WCLY later switched to Spanish language sports radio from ESPN Deportes Radio in October.
On February 29, 2016, WCLY relaunched as 1550 the Ticket. The station features a mix of sports programming from ESPN Radio, CBS Sports Radio, and Fox Sports Radio, which also airs on WCMC 99.9-3. ESPN Deportes will continue to air on 99.9-4.
- Baysden, Chris (August 10, 2009). "Sports radio shakeup: Capitol Broadcasting buys 620 the Bull; Curtis gets WRBZ 850". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved August 11, 2009.
- "Capitol Broadcasting adds ESPN Deportes". wralsportsfan.com. October 5, 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
- Venta, Chris (February 23, 2016). "Capitol To Launch Third Raleigh Sports Talker". RadioInsight.com. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WCLY
- Radio-Locator Information on WCLY
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WCLY
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