Historic Harlan County radio station signs off the air

Published: Sep. 1, 2016 at 12:27 AM EDT
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A historic Eastern Kentucky radio station is off the air.

Due to financial struggles, WCPM in Cumberland went silent as of six p.m. Wednesday.

"I'm very thankful for the years we did have," station co-owner Susan Burton said as she told her radio audience on 1280 AM the bad news.

Burton's father bought the station in 1988.

WCPM was on the air for nearly 65 years, broadcasting local news, live sporting events and religious programming.

Most recently, the station carried a country music format.

But now none of it will be heard by the station's loyal listeners, many of whom expressed their disappointment on WCPM's


"So many people I thought had forgotten us, I found out are still listening," Burton said in an interview with WYMT.

Burton called WCPM - one of the few remaining locally-originated AM stations - "a voice that was always here for (the community) if they wanted it and when they needed it."

She is hopeful the station can overcome its financial struggles and eventually sign back on the air.

"I think that we'll come back," Burton said. "I think that we'll restructure. We'll get back on our feet with it."

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