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|Broadcast area||Youngstown, Ohio|
|Branding||Newsradio 570 WKBN|
|First air date||September 26, 1926|
|Affiliations||Cleveland Indians Radio Network|
iHeartMedia, Inc. |
(Citicasters Licenses, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WAKZ, WBBG, WMXY, WNCD, WNIO, W263CL|
WKBN is an AM radio station in Youngstown, Ohio, United States, broadcasting at 570 kHz with a talk radio format. The station also carries games for the Cleveland Indians, and Youngstown State Penguin football and basketball. The station recently signed a deal to carry Youngstown State football and basketball; they had previously carried Ohio State football and basketball, which has now been moved to 1390 WNIO and 106.1 WBBG and Cleveland Browns, which now has been moved to Sports Radio 1240 WBBW and Y103 WYFM.
The station was founded in 1926 by Warren P. Williamson, Jr. (1900–1996). It is Youngstown's oldest continuing operating radio station, signing on the air on September 26, 1926 at 1400 kHz at 50 watts. The original facilities were in the basement of Williamson's home, but by the following year operations had moved to studios in the YMCA in downtown Youngstown. Ownership was organized in the name of the Radio Electric Service Co., and later WKBN Broadcasting Corporation. With the implementation of the FRC's General Order 40 on November 11, 1928 the station moved 570 kHz where it remains today.
Shortly after WKBN's launch, the station became a charter affiliate of the nascent CBS Radio Network, an affiliation that would last until the end of the century. In the 1930s and 1940s, WKBN established a major presence in Youngstown as the city's CBS network affiliate, and for many years it was one of only two radio stations licensed to Youngstown (the other being WFMJ, now WNIO, which signed on in 1939). On February 8, 1943, Alan Freed started his early radio career on WKBN. Most importantly was broadcasting on Radio Luxembourg  to the troops abroad.
Williamson started WKBN-FM in 1948, and for many years it transmitted the same programming as the AM station. The FM station is now WMXY. He also started WKBN-TV in 1953, which became a predominantly CBS-TV affiliate in part due to the AM station's long history with the radio network (WKBN-TV to this day has retained the CBS-TV affiliation).
On January 22, 1999 the Williamsons sold WKBN and WKBN-FM to Jacor Communications, ending 73 years of family ownership. Jacor, however, did not own the stations very long. On April 29, 1999 Clear Channel Communications completed its $6.5 billion purchase of Jacor and its 454 stations, including WKBN and WKBN-FM. In September 2014, Clear Channel Communications became iHeartMedia, Inc.
Former staff members
- Jack Berch began his radio career at WKBN and went to have The Jack Berch Show, which ran at various times on four networks (1935-1954).
- "Jack Berch, Young Veteran Of Air, All-Around Artist". Texas, Paris. The Paris News. May 21, 1939. p. 15. Retrieved December 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 363.
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WKBN
- Radio-Locator Information on WKBN
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WKBN
- FCC History Cards for WKBN