WCKL (New York)


WCKL (560 AM) was a radio station licensed to Catskill, New York, United States, to broadcast at 560 kHz. The station lost its license in October 2016 in a consent decree with the FCC in which Brian Dodge admitted lying to the FCC, using various false names and addresses to control radio stations, numerous other violations, and a $100,000 fine to be paid by selling three FM translators to other broadcasters. Earlier, the station had sold to Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) in a $4.3 million package deal which included WCKL, WCTW, WHUC and then-WTHK (now WZCR).[1]

Broadcast areaMid-Hudson Region
Frequency560 kHz
OwnerFamily Broadcasting and Media
First air date
Last air date
Call sign meaning
W CatsKilL
Technical information
Facility ID63526
Power1,000 watts (day)
43 watts (night)
Transmitter coordinates
42°12′03″N 73°50′09″W / 42.20083°N 73.83583°W / 42.20083; -73.83583

WCKL had been primarily dark under current ownership, primarily due to non payment of transmitter site rent to iHeartMedia. They had been silent since March 10, 2015 but were granted on March 9, 2016, STA (Special Temporary Authority) to use a temporary site at 25% power from a long wire antenna. The station never used that facility according to the consent decree so as a matter of FCC law WCKL's license expired March 10, 2016 due to one year of continuous silence.


  1. ^ "Clear Channel gets FCC nod". The Business Review. February 4, 2002. Retrieved January 23, 2008.

External linksEdit

  • WCKL in the FCC AM station database
  • WCKL on Radio-Locator
  • WCKL in Nielsen Audio's AM station database