WRCR (1700 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station broadcasting an Adult Contemporary format with weekday News-Talk shows. WRCR is licensed to Ramapo, New York and serves Rockland County. The station is owned by Alexander Broadcasting, Inc.
The station airs a local talk show in the morning and carries nationally syndicated progressive talk radio shows from Stephanie Miller and Thom Hartmann in middays. WRCR airs hourly newscasts from ABC News Radio. The studios and offices had been located on the upper level of the Nanuet Mall. After the Mall closed the station moved to Palisades Credit Union Park. WRCR broadcasts an adult contemporary music format at night. Brokered programming, sold to local businesses and community organizations, is heard late mornings, late afternoons and weekends.
WRCR is the only radio station providing news and information specifically for Rockland County. WRKL 910 AM in nearby Pomona, New York, switched to an all-Polish format on March 18, 1999.
On July 13, 2015, WRCR moved from 1300 to 1700 kHz in the AM expanded band, increasing its power from 500 watts to 10,000 watts by day and 1000 watts at night. The higher power allows the station to be heard over a wider area of the lower Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey. The station also switched its City of license to Ramapo from Spring Valley, New York, both communities in Rockland County.
WRCR airs games from the Rockland Boulders, a professional Minor League Baseball team based in Pomona, New York and member of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, also known as the Can-Am League.
WRCR were the call letters of a college carrier current radio station at Rockford College in Rockford, IL operating from 1962 until 1994.
WRCR was a carrier current college radio station at Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois. It was conceived by a group of students in the fall of 1962. On December 20, 1962, the establishment of a radio station on campus was approved by Rockford College Board of Trustees. The Executive Board of Rockford College Student Government recognized WRCR as a communications medium on February 5, 1963, and WRCR began regular carrier current broadcasting on March 17, 1963, from room 206 in Nelson Hall.
In the Fall of 1964, WRCR moved to a larger space on the first floor of Burpee Center. Then in the Fall of 1970 the station moved to custom designed studios in the lower level of the new Burpee Center addition. In 1985 the college needed the space in lower Burpee and WRCR was again on the move. The new location was three rooms in the former Lang Infirmary. By 1993 as the college population changed from primarily residential to half-commuter student body, it became more and more difficult to staff the radio station. WRCR ceased broadcasting in the Spring of 1995.
Among the students broadcasting on WRCR in the 1960s was Henry "Bart" Bartholomay. Bartholomay was part of a History Channel program: "MIG Killers of Midway". 1
In the 1969 Fall semester an Evening College class was offered called "Intro to Radio & Radio Broadcasting. The class was taught by Frank Tavares. Today Tavares teaches broadcast management, media production, advertising, and marketing at Southern Connecticut State University. For 31 years Tavares was the voice on most National Public Radio funding announcements at the end of programs. He left the position January 1, 2014.
On January 21, 2011, broadcasting returned to the Rockford College Campus via a Live365 stream of Rockford College Radio It is broadcast 24 hours a day through live365.com and can be found on Facebook. It has recently collaborated with local businesses and promoters such as Kryptonite Bar and Sock Monkey Sound. It was reopened and is managed by Vince Chiarelli of the Vince Chiarelli Band.