This is a very simple site devoted to WCAW AM 680 radio in Charleston, West Virginia. I spent the summer of 1970 working nights for Country Wide Radio while one of the regulars (Dick Kiser) was off getting his “first phone” (FCC First Class Radio-Telephone license). In those days radio announcers in many medium and small markets were required to make transmitter readings and some announcers needed “first phones” to legally take the readings. Thanks to Bill Hart for giving me a real radio job.

I found in my collection of tapes, an aircheck of WCAW which had some jingles, promos, commercials and some news. I’ll post some of the audio on the Audio Memories page and hope that others might have additional material to contribute. There’s a contact link at the bottom of every page.
WCAW has had many formats since first signing on in 1946. In the 1960s it was a Top 40 station in fierce competition with WKAZ. By the mid 60s WCAW had become a country station. In later years it adopted Standards, Gospel, and Oldies formats. Consolidations and mergers in the broadcasting industry have put WCAW under the same ownership umbrella with many of its former rivals. You will find links to sites with more history on the Links page.

Thanks for the feedback on the site and contributions from Mike Wingfield, Ralph Allen, Jeff Miller, Jerry Waters, and Rick Adkins.

— Ross Hunter, 1970 summertime fill-in DJ