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WCED-AM (Newstalk 1420)

WCED-AM (Newstalk 1420)
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Last updated:
2012-06-17 01:57:15
Country: United StatesListen to radio stations broadcasting from United States
City: Du Bois
Address: 12 West Long AvenueDuBois, PA 15801
AM (MHz): 1420
Genre: News
Phone: (814) 375-5260
Fax: 814-371-7724
Language of broadcast: English
Description: WCED (1420 AM, "News/Talk 1420") is a commercial radio station, licensed to the city of DuBois, Pennsylvania. WCED broadcasts with a power output of 5,000 watts non-directional day, and 500 watts using a three-tower directional antenna system at night. WCED, along with its FM sister station, WDSN, are owned and operated by Priority Communications of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.For much of its existence, WCED was the sister station of WOWQ-FM, also licensed to DuBois. The latter would, in the 90's, become a country music legend known best in Central Pennsylvania by the moniker Q-102. The stations were owned by Derrick Publishing, Inc., of Oil City, PA; (dba Tri-County Broadcasting) which also printed the Oil City Derrick newspaper.WCED would also become known for its full-service approach to local programming for both DuBois and the Tri-County area, particularly Clearfield, Jefferson, and Elk. It also became the local radio outlet for ABC News, airing the likes of Paul Harvey and other full-service network program offerings. The station also offered various music formats such as CHR, oldies, and nostalgia in addition to some talk, but the station would go all news and talk after its sale to Priority Communications.WCED and WOWQ also became one of the first stations in the country to use computer-based hard-disk audio storage technology in the early 1990s. The highly experimental DOS-based system was developed by Computer Concepts Corporation, and turned out to be a highly successful venture for both stations.WCED and WOWQ would soon go their separate ways at the turn of the century, when both stations were sold to Vox Media in 1999. Vox Media sold WOWQ to First Media, as the stations were out of their market footprint, and then WCED in 2003 to Priority Communications, which had been operating competitor WDSN-FM since first putting it on the air February 14, 1990. First Media had been operating WCED under an LMA, but had no interest in owning it. WCED, left behind after Q-102 moved to a new building nearby, vacated the former DuBois Lumber Company office building after the sale to Priority. The purchase price for WCED was $150,000, according to FCC records.

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