WICC (AM)

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WICC
WICC (AM) Radio Logo.png
CityBridgeport, Connecticut
Broadcast areaBridgeport/New Haven/Fairfield County
BrandingWICC600
Slogan"Southern Connecticut News and Information Leader"
Frequency600 kHz (HD Radio via WPLR-HD2)
First air dateNovember 8, 1926; 93 years ago (1926-11-08)
FormatNews/talk
Power1,000 watts (day)
500 watts (night)
ClassB
Transmitter coordinates41°09′36″N 73°09′53″W / 41.16000°N 73.16472°W / 41.16000; -73.16472Coordinates: 41°09′36″N 73°09′53″W / 41.16000°N 73.16472°W / 41.16000; -73.16472
Callsign meaningW Industrial Capital of Connecticut"
AffiliationsWestwood One Network
Westwood One News
New York Yankees Radio Network
OwnerConnoisseur Media
(Connoisseur Media Licenses, LLC)
Sister stationsWEBE, WEZN-FM, WPLR, WYBC-FM, WFOX
Websitewicc600.com

WICC (600 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in Bridgeport, Connecticut, owned by Connoisseur Media, It airs as a news/talk radio format featuring local shows with Tony Reno, Melissa Sheketoff, Lisa Wexler and Paul Pacelli. Nationally syndicated programs, primarily from Westwood One, include Clark Howard, Dave Ramsey, Ben Shapiro, John Batchelor and Red Eye Radio. Weekends feature shows on money, real estate, computers, Italian music, oldies and adult standards. Weekends hosts include Kim Komando and Jim Bohannon. Most hours begin with world and national news from Westwood One News. WICC features some sports programming including Yankee baseball games and Sacred Heart University athletics.

The WICC studios are located on Wheelers Farms Road in Milford with other Connoisseur radio staions and the transmitter is on Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport on a peninsula extending into Long Island Sound. WICC's signal is heard in much of Southern Connecticut and reaches into Long Island, New York.[1]

History[edit]

WICC is Bridgeport's first radio station,[2] and one of the first in the state, signing on the air on November 8, 1926. Its call letters stand for "Industrial Capital of Connecticut," which described Bridgeport throughout the early and mid-20th century.

In the early days, as radio assignments were being formalized, WICC broadcast from various places on the AM dial, including 1060 kHz, 1400 kHz, 1130 kHz, 1190 kHz and 1430 kHz until finally settling down at 600 kHz on the AM dial in 1930.

Before March 1932, WICC affiliated with the Yankee Network.[3] The station became a CBS Radio network affiliate September 25, 1932.[4]

On April 15, 2019, Cumulus Media announced that WICC and WEBE would be swapped to Connoisseur Media, which began operating the stations under a local marketing agreement on May 1.[5]. The swap was consummated on June 26, 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Radio-Locator
  2. ^ Collins, Michael. "Time Line For Connecticut Broadcasting". Connecticut Broadcasters Association.
  3. ^ "WFEA Joins Net" (PDF). Broadcasting. March 15, 1932. p. 6. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  4. ^ "(untitled brief)" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 1, 1932. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  5. ^ Cumulus Media Sells KLOS To Meruelo Media Swaps Bridgeport To Connoisseur For Allentown

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