|City of license||Glen Ellyn, Illinois|
|Broadcast area||West Suburbs|
|Frequency||90.9 FM (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
|First air date||1977|
|Format||Public radio, jazz|
|Audience share||0.4 (FALL 2007, RRC)|
|Callsign meaning||DuPage Community Broadcasters|
|Affiliations||AP Radio, Public Radio International|
|Owner||College of DuPage, District 502|
WDCB (90.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a public radio and jazz format. Licensed to Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA, the station serves the Chicago area. The station is owned by College of DuPage, District 502 and features programming from AP Radio and Public Radio International. The station is also broadcast on HD radio.
WDCB 90.9 FM was founded as a 5,000-watt station in late 1977, and its original format was a mix of classical, educational, and news programming. Jazz programming was introduced in the early 1980s and became the primary format by the end of the decade. Since then, WDCB's format has expanded to include roots-rock, bluegrass, Celtic, folk, blues, New Age, Acid Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, big band, World music and old-time radio shows, though straight-ahead jazz makes up about 75% of its music programming. The educational programming was dropped in 2001, and classical music continued to be heard on the station on weekends until late 2005. In recent years, some of the more eclectic and niche programming has been phased out for a stronger emphasis on jazz and blues.
Unlike most college-based stations, WDCB-FM is not student-operated, but rather very much professional in design and output. COD students, however, do work at WDCB's offices as aides for limited hours during the week.
The station manager of WDCB is Dan Bindert. The music director is Paul Abella. The title of programming director is vacant, following the retirement of longtime manager Mary Patricia Larue in 2013. Brian D. O'Keefe is the news director.
WDCB's stable of on-air personalities include Bruce Oscar, Barry Winograd, Paul Abella, and John "British-American Buddy" Burnett, all of whom are prominent Chicago-based jazz musicians. The daily lineup of Burnett (mornings), Winograd (middays), and Oscar (afternoons) has been intact since 2001. WDCB is also the home of Those Were The Days, the long-running old-time radio program that used to be hosted by Chuck Schaden. On July 4, 2009, Steve Darnall took over as the second host of the show. Local celebrity Wayne Messmer also hosts a vocal jazz show on Sunday nights.
- "Chicago Market Ratings". Arbitron. Fall 2007.
- "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web.
- "WDCB Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WDCB
- Radio-Locator information on WDCB
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WDCB