WDCR (defunct)

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WDCR logo.png
City Hanover, New Hampshire
Broadcast area Upper Valley
Branding Dartmouth College Radio
Frequency 1340 kHz
First air date March 4, 1958
Last air date August 2009 (license canceled September 8, 2010)
Format Defunct, was Variety
Power 1,000 watts unlimited
Class C
Facility ID 68257
Transmitter coordinates 43°41′59.00″N 72°16′47.00″W / 43.6997222°N 72.2797222°W / 43.6997222; -72.2797222
Callsign meaning Dartmouth College Radio
Owner Trustees of Dartmouth College
Sister stations WFRD
Website webDCR.com

WDCR (1340 AM) was a radio station broadcasting an oldies format during the day, and a variety format at night. Licensed to Hanover, New Hampshire, USA, the station served the Hanover and greater Upper Valley area. The station carried broadcasts of several Dartmouth College sports teams in association with the Dartmouth Sports Network, a division of Dartmouth Broadcasting. The station's license was held by the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College.[1]


For a comprehensive history of radio at Dartmouth, see Tim Brooks' book, "College Radio Days" (Glenville Press 2013, available at www.timbrooks.net). WDCR's origins lie in a carrier-current station, WDBS, which was started on October 27, 1941 (after a month of test programming).[2] During the 1950s, efforts were made to obtain a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which would allow for an expansion of the station's reach to the rest of the Upper Valley; at 9 p.m. on March 4, 1958, WDCR signed on.[3][4]

The station left the air on August 22, 2008 due to damage to WDCR's ground system during a construction project near the station's transmitter location;[5] soon afterward, the station announced that it had transitioned to being an Internet radio station, WebDCR.com (though this station's website still features WDCR's logo).[6] The station nonetheless briefly returned to the air in August 2009 in order to maintain the broadcast license;[7] in September 2010, Dartmouth College surrendered the license to the FCC for cancellation.[8] By this point, interest in the AM station had declined due to a combination of its time off-the-air and Dartmouth's expansion of its radio operations (in addition to WebDCR, Dartmouth had established an FM radio station, WFRD, in 1976[4]).[8]

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  1. ^ "WDCR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  2. ^ "WDBS - 1940's". WDCR's 50th Anniversary. WebDCR.com. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "WDCR AM 1340 - Celebrating 50 Years!". WebDCR.com. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-280. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 19, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ Fybush, Scott (December 22, 2008). "MPBN Threatens Service Cuts". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (August 24, 2009). "Buckley Sells in Syracuse". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (September 20, 2010). ""Radio 92.1" Comes to Scranton". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 

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