WDCB

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WDCB
City of licenseGlen Ellyn, Illinois
Broadcast areaChicago market
Slogan1977
Frequency90.9 FM (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
FormatPublic radio, jazz
Audience share0.4 (FALL 2007, RRC[1])
ERP5,000 watts
HAAT91.0 meters
ClassA
Facility ID12281
Transmitter coordinates41°50′36.00″N 88°5′0.00″W / 41.8433333°N 88.0833333°W / 41.8433333; -88.0833333
Callsign meaningDuPage Community Broadcasters[2]
AffiliationsAP Radio, Public Radio International
OwnerCollege of DuPage, District 502
Websitehttp://www.WDCB.org
 
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WDCB
City of licenseGlen Ellyn, Illinois
Broadcast areaChicago market
Slogan1977
Frequency90.9 FM (MHz)
(also on HD Radio)
FormatPublic radio, jazz
Audience share0.4 (FALL 2007, RRC[1])
ERP5,000 watts
HAAT91.0 meters
ClassA
Facility ID12281
Transmitter coordinates41°50′36.00″N 88°5′0.00″W / 41.8433333°N 88.0833333°W / 41.8433333; -88.0833333
Callsign meaningDuPage Community Broadcasters[2]
AffiliationsAP Radio, Public Radio International
OwnerCollege of DuPage, District 502
Websitehttp://www.WDCB.org

WDCB (90.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a public radio and jazz format. Licensed to Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA, the station serves the Chicago area. The station is currently owned by College of DuPage, District 502 and features programing from AP Radio and Public Radio International.[3] The station is also broadcast on HD radio.[4]

History[edit]

WDCB 90.9 FM was founded as a 5,000-watt station in late 1977, and its original format was a mix of classical, educational, and news programming. Jazz programming was introduced in the early 1980s and became the primary format by the end of the decade. Since then, WDCB's format has expanded to include roots-rock, bluegrass, traditional country, Celtic, folk, blues, reggae, New Age, Acid Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, big band, World music, 1980s heavy metal, and old-time radio shows, though straight-ahead jazz makes up about 50% of its music programming. The educational programming was dropped in 2001, and classical music continued to be heard on the station on weekends until late 2005.

Unlike most college-based stations, WDCB-FM is not student-operated, but rather very much professional in design and output. COD students, however, do work at WDCB's offices as aides for limited hours during the week.

Current staff[edit]

The station manager of WDCB is Scott Wager; an employee at WDCB since 1981, he assumed the title in 2001 following the retirement of station co-founder Sid Fryer (Fryer's partner Robert Blake left in the mid-1980s). For much of its history WDCB's programming director was Mary Patricia LaRue; she held the position from July 1984 until her retirement in April 2013.

WDCB's current crop of on-air personalities include Bruce Oscar, Barry Winograd, Paul Abella, and John "British-American Buddy" Burnett, all of whom are prominent Chicago-based jazz musicians. The daily lineup of Burnett (mornings), Winograd (middays), and Oscar (afternoons) has been intact since 2001. WDCB is also the current home of "Those Were The Days," the long-running old-time radio program formerly hosted by Chuck Schaden.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chicago Market Ratings". Radio Research Consortium (Arbitron). FALL 2007. 
  2. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. 
  3. ^ "WDCB Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 
  4. ^ "HD Radio Station Guide". HD Radio. iBiquity. 

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