Carthage, Illinois

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WCAZ is a pioneer radio station which traces its origins back to 1918 when, according to Mr. Porter, the original owner Robert Compton signed on a station with the call letters of “BOB.” Mr. Compton received a license to operate WCAZ on 15 May 1922, which would make it the second oldest station in Illinois. After broadcasting for over 95 years, the FCC deleted WCAZ’s license and the station signed off the air on 31 December 2017.

A station already on the air in Macomb, Illinois on 1510 soon picked up the historic call letters WCAZ.

There are several web site with a more complete story of this iconic station. This little 1000 watt local station deserves a place in the annals of radio history.


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