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WCTK logo.jpg
City New Bedford, Massachusetts
Broadcast area New Bedford, Massachusetts
Providence, Rhode Island
Branding "Cat Country 98.1"
Slogan "Southern New England's Country"
Frequency 98.1 MHz
(Channel 251)
First air date December 9, 1946 (1946-12-09)[1] (as WFMR)
Format Country
ERP 47,000 watts
HAAT 155 metres (509 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 25869
Transmitter coordinates 41°37′23″N 70°55′05″W / 41.623°N 70.918°W / 41.623; -70.918Coordinates: 41°37′23″N 70°55′05″W / 41.623°N 70.918°W / 41.623; -70.918
Callsign meaning WCTK = Cat
Former callsigns WFMR (1946–1954)
WNBH-FM (1954–1973)
WMYS (1973–1989)
Owner Hall Communications
Sister stations WLKW, WNBH
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wctk.com

WCTK (98.1 FM) is a Country formatted radio station serving Southern New England, with studios in Providence, Rhode Island, and transmitter in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


WCTK was originally WFMR and an authorized power of 20 kilowatts. It went on the air December 9, 1946;[1] during the inaugural program, Massachusetts governor Maurice J. Tobin said that WFMR was the first new FM station to sign on in New England after World War II.[2] In 1973, WFMR changed its callsign to WMYS, with an Oldies and Classic Hits format. On July 28, 1989, the station switched formats to Country followed by a call sign change to WCTK[3] on August 24, 1989. First known as "Country 98.1 WCTK," the branding was changed to the current "Cat Country 98.1" in 1994. In 1997, the station moved its studios from New Bedford to the Roland Building in Providence to concentrate on fully serving the Providence Arbitron metro.


  1. ^ a b Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-390. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gov. Tobin Participates In WFMR Inauguration" (PDF). Broadcasting-Telecasting. December 16, 1946. p. 34. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 

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