WLCM (defunct)

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WLCM was a station licensed to Lancaster, South Carolina. It operated on 1360 kHz with a power of 1000 watts, daytime, non-directional. The call letters were chosen in honor of Springs Industries, the largest employer in the town, and represent the slogan, "World's Largest Cotton Mill." WLCM signed on the air in 1949.


The station broadcast from studios at 103 South Catawba Street in Lancaster, where the company also owned an FM station, first under the call letters WLCM-FM and later as WPAJ (now WRHM).

In 1987, WLCM and WPAJ were purchased by Our Three Sons Broadcasting, owners of WRHI-AM in nearby Rock Hill, South Carolina. The new owners moved the FM to Rock Hill, and sold WLCM to a broadcast group headed by former WBT announcer Bill Curry.

Following the removal of its FM signal the station was not profitable, and ceased operations in 1992. The station's tower still exists, and is a landmark in the town of Lancaster.

Since the protection contours for WLCM were removed several stations have improved their service areas by either changing frequencies (WADE moved from 1210 to 1340, adding nighttime service) or moving transmitter locations and increasing power (WGIV on 1370 moved from Gastonia to Pineville, and broadcasts with 19,000 watts daytime).