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|City||New Brunswick, New Jersey|
|Broadcast area||Middlesex area|
|Branding||1450 Talk Radio|
|Slogan||"The Voice of Central Jersey"|
|First air date||1946|
|Power||1,000 watts unlimited
250 watts auxiliary (backup)
|Callsign meaning||ChanTiCleer Broadcasting, original|
|Owner||Beasley Broadcast Group
(Beasley Media Group, LLC)
|Sister stations||WMGQ, WDHA-FM, WMTR, WJRZ-FM, WRAT|
WCTC (1450 AM) is an American radio station broadcasting a syndicated and live talk radio format. Licensed to New Brunswick, New Jersey, the station serves the Middlesex, Somerset & Union County area ("M-S-U"...Arbitron Market #41). The station is owned by Beasley Broadcast Group (through Beasley Media Group, LLC). The station broadcasts in C-QUAM AM stereo. It is the chief radio broadcaster for Rutgers University athletic events and Somerset Patriots independent league baseball games. WCTC is also the primary source for winter school closing announcements. WCTC's former Talk format continues with the weekday morning show featuring New Jersey radio veteran Bert Baron, entitled "Jersey Central." The weekday lineup includes Laura Ingraham from 9 to noon, Rich Eisen from noon to 3, and Tommy G from 3 to 6 PM. WCTC also airs special interest shows on the weekends.
WCTC derives its callsign from the Chanticleer, a flamboyant fighting rooster from the medieval fable Reynard the Fox (Le Roman de Renart). It is also used by Geoffrey Chaucer in the Canterbury Tales which was the Rutgers mascot from 1925 to 1955. Its sister station is WMGQ-FM, another Beasley Broadcast Group property.
WCTC got its start in 1946 broadcasting an unknown format. From the 1960s through the 1980s, it broadcast a Full Service format featuring local news, talk, sports, and MOR adult pop music. In 1992, WCTC changed its format to a full-time News/Talk station featuring programming from ABC Radio and Premiere Radio Networks. As of July 2, 2008, WCTC went back to its roots broadcasting an oldies music format.
On February 28, 2011, WCTC changed their format to talk, launching the local midday show New Jersey TODAY from 1 to 3 hosted by Bert Baron.
On July 19, 2016, Beasley Media Group announced it would acquire Greater Media and its 21 stations (including WCTC) for $240 million. The FCC approved the sale on October 6, and the sale closed on November 1.
Former on-air staff
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- Jack Shreve, in addition to being a long-time on-air personality for the radio station also served as Program Director and Operations Manager for the radio station.
- Bob Aaronson
- Bernard Spigner
- Dan Flatt
- Jim Florio
- Gary R'Nel
- Joe Spicuzzo
- Ted Efaw
- Rich DeMarco, who currently calls play-by-play for the Army Black Knights football team on WABC (AM)
- Neil Solondz, who currently is the pregame and postgame radio host for the Tampa Bay Rays
- Dick Farrel
- Ralph Saviano
- Liz Maita
- Bruce Williams, a well-known syndicated radio personality. He began his broadcast career at WCTC.
- Jack Ellery
- Noted newsmen Herb Kaplow, Dave Marash and Harvey Hauptman began their careers at the station.
- Joseph Dembo, eventual GM at WCBS in New York began his management rise at WCTC.
- Gordon Deal host of Wall Street Journal This Morning once served as a News Anchor at the station.
- Jennifer Kushinka a news anchor for the Dow Jones Money Report was once a News Anchor at WCTC.
- Brian Rickman a former board operator and producer at WCTC is now the Vice President of Programming for URBan Radio Broadcasting.
- Dean Hunter, formerly of WMGM (FM), was the PD for WCTC during the late 1970s.
- Bruce Johnson
- Rich Salerno, Late Night Oldies 1977-1978. Numerous U.S. radio stations including eventual WMCA NY NY 1989-1991 Music host.
- "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web.
- "WCTC Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "Greater Media takes talker WCTC to "Good Time Oldies" in Central New Jersey". Radio-Info.com. July 2, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008.
- "Greater Media's WCTC, New Brunswick NJ (1450) drops oldies for talk". Radio-Info.com. February 28, 2011.
- Beasley Acquires Greater Media
- Beasley Closes on Greater Media Purchase; Makes Multiple Staff Moves