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City Claremont, North Carolina
Branding Poder 1170
Frequency 1170 kHz
Format Mexican Regional music
Power 7,700 watts day
1,000 watts critical hours
Class D
Transmitter coordinates 35°43′34″N 81°08′52″W / 35.72611°N 81.14778°W / 35.72611; -81.14778
Owner Birach Broadcasting

WCXN (1170 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Mexican Regional music format. Licensed to Claremont, North Carolina, United States, the station is currently owned by Birach Broadcasting.


In 1989, Don Lee was general manager of WCXN and WPAR-FM, which played Southern gospel music.[1]

In the early 1990s, Robert Barnette, a Taylorsville minister who helped raise money for WPAR, started a show on WCXN. He was soon joined by Dean "Bubba" Lilly. Their "Swap Shop" program could be heard in 17 counties, but it wasn't just the merchandise, described as "tacky." Announcer Jim Stinson said, "We're laughing ourselves silly with Barnette and Lilly."[2]

In August 1997, WCXN switched to Spanish language programming. Soon after that, the station added a Hmong show on Sunday mornings.[3] Just over a year later, the Hmong show had expanded from 90 minutes to four hours.[4] In 2007, Hmong programming aired on Saturday mornings as well.[5]

Birach Broadcasting Corp. bought WCXN from Davidson Media Group LLC in 2007.[6]


  1. ^ Joseph Galarneau, "Religion Via Airwaves: More Listeners Tune in Christian Radio Stations," The Charlotte Observer, November 15, 1989.
  2. ^ Dannye Romine Powell, "Bobby & Bubba Tickle the Airwaves," The Charlotte Observer, April 12, 1993.
  3. ^ Jen Pilla, "Claremont Station Begins Broadcasting in Hmong," The Charlotte Observer, October 3, 1997.
  4. ^ Jen Pilla, "Radio Reach-Out," The Charlotte Observer, January 27, 1999.
  5. ^ Marcie Young, "Hmongs Connect Over the Airwaves," The Charlotte Observer, April 15, 2007.
  6. ^ "Deals," Broadcasting & Cable, April 9, 2007.

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