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City of license New Bedford, Massachusetts
Broadcast area New Bedford, Massachusetts
Providence, Rhode Island
Branding Cat Country 98.1
Slogan Southern New England's Country
Frequency 98.1 MHz
First air date December 9, 1946 (1946-12-09)[1] (as WFMR)
Format Country
ERP 47,000 watts
HAAT 155 metres (509 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 25869
Transmitter coordinates
Callsign meaning WCTK = Cat
Former callsigns WFMR (1946–1954)
WNBH-FM (1954–1973)
WMYS (1973–1989)
Owner Hall Communications
Sister stations WLKW, WNBH
Webcast Listen Live
Website .com.wctkwww

WCTK (98.1 FM, "Cat Country 98.1") is a country music formatted radio station serving Southern New England, with studios in Providence, Rhode Island, and transmitter in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


WCTK was originally WFMR and an authorized power of 20 kilowatts. It went on the air December 9, 1946;[1] during the inaugural program, Massachusetts governor Maurice J. Tobin said that WFMR was the first new FM station to sign on in New England after World War II.[2] By the 1970s it was WMYS, a soft rock/oldies based station broadcasting from New Bedford. On July 28, 1989, the station switched formats to country and changed its call sign to WCTK. The new country station was originally known as "Country 98.1 WCTK." In 1994, WCTK began calling itself "Cat Country." In 1997, the station moved its studios from New Bedford to the Roland Building in Providence to concentrate on fully serving the Providence Arbitron metro.


  1. ^ a b Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-390. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gov. Tobin Participates In WFMR Inauguration" (PDF).  

External links

  • WCTK Website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WCTK
  • Radio-Locator information on WCTK
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WCTK
  • 1948 list of F.M. radio stations, including WFMR

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