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City of license Charlotte, North Carolina
Branding America's Talk
Frequency 1660 kHz
Format Talk radio
Power 10,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 87037
Transmitter coordinates 35°14′56″N 80°51′44″W / 35.24889°N 80.86222°W / 35.24889; -80.86222
Callsign meaning Boston Concert Network
(original meaning, call signs parked after the original WBCN went HD2-only)
Former callsigns WBMX, WFNA, WBHE[1]
Affiliations Talk Radio Network
Premiere Radio Networks
Owner CBS Radio
(CBS Radio Holdings Inc.)
Webcast Yes

WBCN 1660 AM "America's Talk 1660" is a radio station licensed to serve Charlotte, North Carolina. The station is owned by CBS Radio. It airs a talk format.


The station signed on in December 2003 as WFNA to help improve the signal range of sports talk WFNZ, airing some of that station's programming.[2]

The station was assigned the call letters WBMX on July 29, 2009. It was assigned the WBCN call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on August 12, 2009[1]. The assignment of the WBMX and WBCN call letters came as CBS Radio prepared for a radio station shuffle in Boston. WBCN-FM in Boston was set to be moved to a digital-only platform, being replaced by WBMX-FM. This swap was being made to create a sports talk station at WBMX's then-current position. On August 11, 2009, Mix 98.5 in Boston switched it's call letters from WBMX to WBZ-FM, the call letters of the new sports station. WBMX was parked at WFNA, while WBCN-FM aired for its final day. Shortly after midnight on August 12, 2009, WBCN-FM signed off, and the WBCN and WBMX call letters were switched to complete the process.

According to The Charlotte Observer, "Swapping the call letters was a defensive strategy by CBS Radio, which recently changed the format and name of its long-time Boston classic rock station, WBCN-FM. CBS didn't want some other station in Boston to take the call letters and pick up WBCN's valuable identity. So it parked the name in Charlotte." Bill Schoening, CBS Radio manager for Charlotte, said, "It's very common in the business. It was a major signal with call letters that still have value and heritage.”[3]

On September 14, 2009, WBCN became "America's Talk", a talk radio station featuring syndicated hosts Michael Smerconish, Melanie Morgan, Jason Lewis, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, John Gibson and Phil Hendrie. The target audience will be primarily male and ages 25 to 54. Schoening said Air America was not considered since "I don't know if there's an audience." Operations manager D.J. Stout said, "We feel that Charlotte has never really had an alternative when it comes to news talk." Lewis, a former host at WBT, is currently based in Minneapolis and distributed by Premiere Radio Networks. He said, "I think it'll be the stiffest competition WBT has seen in a while." Local newscasts each hour will be produced jointly with WCNC-TV.[2]


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