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City of license Albany, New York
Broadcast area New York's Capital District
Western Massachusetts
Branding Capital Districts Best
Frequency 90.9 MHz
Format Freeform
ERP 100 watts
HAAT 64.0 meters
Class A
Facility ID 63125
Transmitter coordinates 42°41′16.00″N 73°49′19.00″W / 42.68778°N 73.82194°W / 42.68778; -73.82194
Callsign meaning W Capital District's Best[1]
Owner State University of New York
Webcast Yes

WCDB is a college radio station run by students attending The University at Albany in Albany, New York. Located at 90.9 FM WCDB's programming includes a wide range of music, news, sports and public affairs programs. WCDB underwent extensive renovations in late May 2007 and returned its regular program schedule later that year on November 16.

The station has a website with streaming capabilities and is now airing worldwide.



WCDB FM was originally WSUA AM. The station first went on the air on March 1, 1978 with the Bruce Springsteen song Born to Run. The University's Carillon rang out the song at the same time.[1] It enjoyed a power boost in 1984 that brought capacity from ten to 100 watts, enabling the station to be heard as far away as Southwestern Vermont and Berkshire County, Massachusetts.


According to the station's Constitution, WCDB, the broadcast radio station of SUNY Albany, has the purpose of providing an alternative to commercial radio. Serving out this function through a primarily musical format, WCDB strives to serve both the SUNY, and surrounding communities by providing an outlet for alternative discourse. WCDB’s purpose is to provide an alternative to the current discourse of mass culture. While accomplishing this through a primarily musical format, WCDB serves as a venue for those areas that commentate on issues deemed to be of social importance that are of relevance to the continuation and addition to the public discourse. The underpinning rasion d’etre for the existence of a student radio station is to provide a viable alternative to main stream cultural discourse through the media, be it within music or commentary.

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