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City North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Broadcast area Wilkesboro, North Carolina, United States
Branding AM 800 WKBC
Frequency 800 (kHz)
Format Country
Power 1,000 watts day
308 watts night
Owner Wilkes Broadcasting Company
Sister stations WKBC-FM

WKBC (800 AM) is a radio station in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, United States. WKBC is licensed to broadcast with 1,000 watts in the daytime and 308 watts at night. The station is operated by Wilkes Broadcasting Company, Inc.


WKBC plays American Country music.

WKBC's morning show, hosted by Steve Handy, features the "WKBC Hometown Opry" the second Friday of each month. The Opry features live performances by local, regional, and even national folk and bluegrass musicians. Wilkes County's location as the site of the annual MerleFest - the largest folk and bluegrass music festival in the nation - has led to the Hometown Opry attracting prominent musicians in folk and bluegrass music.

Eric Ellis, a regular on "Hometown Opry", was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in January 2009.[1]


WKBC began broadcasting at 5 a.m. June 27, 1947, owned and operated by the Wilkes Broadcasting Company. Besides local programming, it used the World Broadcasting System transcription service.[2]


  1. ^ Wilkes County Banjo Player Inducted into Hall of Fame," Winston-Salem Journal, January 27, 2009.
  2. ^ "WKBC Begins Operation in North Wilkesboro, N.C." (PDF). Broadcasting. July 14, 1947. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 

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Coordinates: 36°11′16″N 81°08′30″W / 36.18778°N 81.14167°W / 36.18778; -81.14167