WCPT (AM)

WCPT (AM)

WCPT (820 AM) is a progressive talk radio station licensed to Willow Springs, Illinois, and serving the Chicago area. The station carries programming from Dial Global. WCPT is owned by Newsweb Corporation.

Because WCPT shares the same frequency as clear channel station WBAP in Fort Worth, Texas, it broadcasts only during the daytime hours. However, WCPT has a construction permit and has erected 6 towers near Joliet, IL to offer nighttime operation at 1.5 kW.

On October 20, 2008, WCPT began simulcasting its programming from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the three co-owned FM stations formerly known as Nine FM. The FM frequencies continue to carry the separately programmed "Dance Factory" music format after 9 p.m.

In April 2010, the FCC finally allowed the station to begin transmitting 24 hours a day, albeit at reduced power after sunset in order not to interfere with WBAP in Texas. WCPT's post-sunset programming is mirrored directly over their internet stream.

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