WYCK

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WYCK
CityPlains Township, Pennsylvania
Broadcast areaWilkes-Barre/Scranton
BrandingThe River, 105 & 103-5
SloganFM. Rock. Radio.
Frequency1340 kHz
Translator(s)100.7 W264CG (Wilkes-Barre)
First air date1924 (as WBRE at 1300)
FormatClassic Hits (WWRR simulcast)
Power810 watts
ClassC
Facility ID36835
Former callsignsWBRE (1924-1970s)
WKRZ (1970s-1987)
WPLJ (1987-1988)
WYOM (1988-1991)
WTSW (1991-1992)
Former frequencies1300 kHz (1924-1927)
1200 kHz (1927-1930)
1310 khz (1930-1941)
OwnerBold Gold Media
Sister stationsWICK, WPSN
WebcastListen Live
Websitetherivernepa.com

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]

History[edit]

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