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City Plains Township, Pennsylvania
Broadcast area Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Branding 105 The River
Frequency 1340 kHz
Translator(s) 100.7 W264CG (Wilkes-Barre)
First air date 1924 (as WBRE at 1300)
Format Classic Hits (WWRR simulcast)
Power 810 watts
Class C
Facility ID 36835
Former callsigns WBRE (1924-1970s)
WKRZ (1970s-?)
WPLJ (?-?)
WYOM (?-1991)
WTSW (1991-1992)
Former frequencies 1300 kHz (1924-1927)
1200 kHz (1927-1930)
1310 khz (1930-1941)
Owner Bold Gold Media
Sister stations WICK, WPSN
Webcast Listen Live
Website 105theriver.net

WYCK is an AM broadcasting radio station licensed to the city of Plains Township, Pennsylvania and serves the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton radio market. The station broadcasts at a frequency of 1340 kHz with 810 Watts with a non-directional signal pattern.

The station is owned by Bold Gold Media. In 2006, Bold Gold dropped its old Oldies radio format in favor of a sports format branded as "The Game" with programming coming from Fox Sports Radio and Premiere Radio Networks's Jim Rome.[1] Until September 23, 2015, WYCK simulcasted "The Game" radio format along with its sister stations WICK located in Scranton and WCDL in Carbondale.[2] "The Game" simulcast network is also the flagship for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders AAA Minor League Baseball radio play-by-play coverage.[2]


The station first signed-on the AM dial in 1924 as WBRE, owned by Louis G. Baltimore and the Baltimore Radio Exchange company in Wilkes-Barre.[3] WBRE initially broadcast at a frequency of 1300 kHz[4] until 1927 when it switched to broadcasting on the frequency of 1200 kHz on a time shared basis with the other long time station in Wilkes-Barre, WBAX.[5] This arrangement lasted until 1930 when WBRE changed frequency to 1310 kHz.[6] WBRE remained at 1310 kHz until the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement took effect in 1941 and the station finally landed on its present-day broadcast frequency of 1340 kHz.[7] As WBRE, it was an NBC radio affiliate.[3]

The station continued as WBRE until the 1970s when it became WKRZ (AM).[8] The change to WKRZ (AM) was the start of many call sign and format flips for the station, taking on the call signs of WPLJ (AM), WYOM, and finally WBCR[8] by 1989.[9] As WBCR (AM), the station had a Christian radio format. In 1991, another call sign change to WTSW[9] and then finally in 1992 the station's call sign were changed to the present WYCK as a simulcast of Scranton's WICK.

WYCK was forced to change its city of license to Plains in the 1990s after losing the lease on its tower site in Kingston. A new tower was built near the VA Medical Center east of Wilkes-Barre.

On September 23, 2015 WYCK switched from a simulcast with sports-formatted WICK 1400 AM Scranton to a simulcast of classic hits-formatted WWRR 104.9 FM Scranton, branded as "105 The River". However, during the Spring and Summer, WYCK is switched back to the WICK simulcast during Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders baseball games to provide coverage of the games for fans in Luzerne County who are not able to receive WICK.


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Coordinates: 41°15′00″N 75°49′29″W / 41.250104°N 75.824831°W / 41.250104; -75.824831