From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
City of license Watertown, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Boston, Massachusetts
Branding 1330 WRCA
Frequency 1330 kHz
First air date January 30, 1948 (1948-01-30)[1]
Format Ethnic
Power 25,000 watts daytime
17,000 watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 60695
Transmitter coordinates 42°17′20.00″N 71°11′21.00″W / 42.2888889°N 71.1891667°W / 42.2888889; -71.1891667 (WRCA)
Callsign meaning Radio Comedy and the Arts (previous format)
Former callsigns WCRB (1948–1975)
WHET (1975–1979)
WDLW (1979–1989)
Owner Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.
(Beasley Media Group, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.1330wrca.com
This article is about the current radio station, for the NBC station in New York please see WNBC (AM).

WRCA is a radio station serving the Boston, Massachusetts metro area. It broadcasts on 1330 kHz on the AM radio dial, and broadcasts an ethnic format. The station is licensed to Beasley Media Group, LLC, part of the Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.[2]


The station began operating as WCRB in 1948, owned by Theodore Jones's Charles River Broadcasting. WCRB was originally a community radio station for Waltham before switching to a classical format a few years later. An FM simulcast was added in 1954, which gradually became more prominent than 1330, to the point that the AM station ceased simulcasting WCRB-FM in 1975 (the FM retained the classical format) and became WHET, programming a big-band/adult standards format from 1975 until 1978, and then a short-run as a beautiful music format. Sales led to formats such as country WDLW for most of the 1980s, and then "Showbiz Radio" WRCA (standing for "Radio, Comedy, and Arts") before the station began leasing time to ethnic operators in 1991 (the WRCA callsign was retained), which has remained to this day the operation of the station. The current owners, the Beasley Broadcast Group, took over in 2000 from the ADD Radio Group.

The station's long time transmitter site in Waltham was discontinued in 2007 when WRCA became one of three AM stations to share a rebuilt transmitter facility at the original site of WBOS AM 1600 on Sawmill Brook Parkway in Newton. This site is now used by stations on 1200, 1330 and 1600 kHz. WRCA's city of license changed from Waltham to Watertown in 2007, and power increased to 25,000 watts daytime, 17,000 watts nightime.


  1. ^ Halper, Donna; Wollman, Garrett. "The Eastern Massachusetts Radio Timeline: the 1940s". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ FCC Station Ownership database

External links[edit]