WWCR
Broadcast areaWorldwide
FrequencyVarious
BrandingWorld Wide Christian Radio
Programming
FormatChristian radio/brokered programming
AffiliationsGenesis Communications Network
Ownership
OwnerF.W. Robbert Broadcasting
History
First air date
June 1989
Call sign meaning
World Wide Christian Radio
Technical information
Power100,000 watts
Links
Websitewww.wwcr.com

WWCR is a shortwave radio station located in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States. WWCR uses four 100 kW transmitters to broadcast on about a dozen frequencies.

WWCR mainly leases out its four transmitters to religious organizations and speakers, as well as serving as the shortwave home of Genesis Communications Network's programs.[1] However, it does air a few hours of original programming per week.

F.W. Robbert Broadcasting also owns the AM (mediumwave) stations WNQM in Nashville, WMQM and WLRM in Memphis, WITA in Knoxville, and WVOG in New Orleans. Some of WWCR's programming is also broadcast on these local stations.

History

Originally known as 'World Wide Country Radio,' WWCR began broadcasting a country format but quickly switched to a standard evangelical Christian format, also selling leased airtime. Because of the station's policy of leasing airtime, WWCR acquired an early reputation for carrying an eclectic mix of political and entertainment programming in addition to the religious programs. Among those, past as well as present, making their shortwave debut on WWCR, are:

WWCR is also notable for a December 1997 broadcast by Ted Gunderson which later became the subject of a court case. In that case, lawyers for Art Bell claimed that the broadcast had implied he had been charged with child molestation. A defamation lawsuit against the station was settled in October 2000 and Art Bell claimed that WWCR had apologized for the incident.[4] Ted Gunderson disputes that any apology was ever made and asserts that the case was entirely baseless.[5] The majority of the political commentary on the station is of a conservative or ultra-conservative nature with extensive discussion on conspiracy theories.[6][7]

Transmitters

All four WWCR transmitters operate 24/7, shifting frequencies throughout the day, each with 100 kilowatts of broadcast power. All frequencies in megahertz, directions in (parentheses).[8]

WWCR-1 (46° NE)
15.825 day, 3.215 night, 6.115 critical hours
WWCR-2 (85° E)
12.160 day, 7.490 morning, 9.350 evening, 5.935 night
WWCR-3 (40° NE)
13.845 day, 4.840 night
WWCR-4 (90° E)
9.980 day, 7.520 evening, 5.890 night

7.490 is shared with WBCQ, which holds rights to the frequency from noon to midnight.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ "GCN SHORTWAVE SCHEDULE" (PDF). Retrieved 2023-09-11.
  2. ^ "Radio Host Pat Kiley Gets 20 Yrs. In Cook Ponzi Scheme". Twin Cities Business.
  3. ^ "Science Hour". Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  4. ^ "Coast to Coast AM — Art Bell Lawsuit Statement Oct 20, 2000". December 2, 2000. Archived from the original on December 2, 2000.
  5. ^ "The Story of the Art Bell Lawsuit". Archived from the original on 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
  6. ^ Johnston, Carla B. "Hate Radio". Archived from the original on 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2023-09-11.
  7. ^ "ADL REPORT FINDS RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS USE SHORTWAVE RADIO TO TARGET U.S. AUDIENCES; ASKS FCC TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE VIOLATION OF REGULATIONS". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2023-09-11.
  8. ^ WWCR summer transmitter schedule, retrieved September 8, 2023
  9. ^ WBCQ schedule for 7490, retrieved September 7, 2023

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