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City Potomac/Cabin John, Maryland
Broadcast area Washington, D.C.
Branding 950 AM, WCTN
Frequency 950 kHz
First air date November 1971
Format Classic hits
Power 2,500 watts day
350 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 59711
Callsign meaning Christ To the Nation[1]
Former callsigns WXLN (1964–1973)
Owner Win Radio Broadcasting Corporation

WCTN is a classic hits radio station broadcasting on 950 kHz in the medium-wave AM band from Potomac, Maryland.


Seven Locks Broadcasting Company obtained a construction permit for station WXLN on July 1, 1964. Seven Locks was beset by financial problems; the permit was initially applied for in 1958 but faced delays due to ownership changes, and the deadline to construct was extended ten times between 1964 and 1971. WXLN went on the air in November 1971 with an adult standards format, but was forced to suspend operations May 26, 1972 due to bankruptcy.[1][2]

The station was sold to Christ Church, Washington Parish in February 1973, who put the station back on the air that May 21 with one of the first 24-hour contemporary Christian music formats in the nation.[3][4]


Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W257BW 94.3 Potomac, Maryland 141566 250 56 m (184 ft) D FCC


  1. ^ a b "Washington, D.C. AM Station History". earlyradiohistory.us. 
  2. ^ "Facility No. 59711 History Card" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. 
  3. ^ Staff (August 20, 1973). "Sounding a new beat in radio: the Jesus rockers" (PDF). Broadcasting. p. 77. 
  4. ^ "WCTN Facility Data". FCCdata. 

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Coordinates: 39°02′12″N 77°12′09″W / 39.03667°N 77.20250°W / 39.03667; -77.20250