WCLK FM 91.9 is a radio station licensed to serve Atlanta, Georgia, United States, and serves the core area of metro Atlanta. It is owned and operated as a public radio station by Clark Atlanta University, playing mostly jazz. WCLK is also broadcast in HD radio.
|Broadcast area||Atlanta metropolitan area|
|Slogan||The Jazz of the City|
|Frequency||91.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Translator(s)||W257DF (99.3 MHz, Atlanta)|
|First air date||1974|
HD2: Jazz "Mainstream Jazz"
|Callsign meaning||CLarK Atlanta University|
|Owner||Clark Atlanta University|
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WCLK's studio operations are located on campus at the Robert W. Woodruff Library, and its transmitter is located nearby off Fair Street (now Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard), just east of Spelman College.
It was granted a construction permit in early 2009 to downgrade its effective radiated power (the maximum in any direction) from 6 kW to 2.5 kW; however, this changed its footprint very little, reducing its range to the north and east by just a few kilometers or miles. Coverage to the south and west remains the same.
WCLK previously aired some NPR talk programming not heard on WABE FM 90.1, such as The Takeaway, due to WABE's formerly mostly classical music format, where little talk programming was aired aside from their HD-2 channel. This changed starting in 2014, when an involuntary takeover by Georgia Public Broadcasting forced Georgia State University's Album 88 off of its own station (except at night), in favor of duplicating most of WABE's NPR talk programming, after which WABE also switched to talk for most of the day like GPB, and WCLK dropped NPR talk shows.
WCLK collaborated with the city of Atlanta to create the Jazz of the City Atlanta portrait featuring over 100 jazz musicians surrounding Mayor Shirley Franklin in the Atlanta City Hall Atrium. The color photograph by Seve "Obasina" Adigun and Gregory Turner taken in April 2007 mirrors the iconic, classic, black-and-white image, A Great Day in Harlem 1958 by Art Kane.
Nationally distributed shows produced at WCLK include Jazz in the New Millennium and The SOUL of Jazz. Both are distributed by the African-American Public Radio Consortium.
WCLK has been relayed by two broadcast translators, whose ranges were entirely within its main broadcast area. Its former six-watt translator W250BC 97.9 in Riverdale was sold for $100,000 to Extreme Media Group in November 2007, then to commercial broadcaster Cumulus Broadcasting in February 2009. It now airs 99X from WNNX-FM FM 100.5 HD Radio channel 2, also owned by Cumulus. WCLK was then relayed by W275BK in Decatur, which was 170 watts on 102.9, and remained owned by Radio Assist Ministry, which owns dozens of translators across the country. In April 2009, that station briefly became "Streetz 102.9", a WWVA-FM 105.7 HD radio channel, until the person in charge was sued by former employer Radio One. Although translators are prohibited from airing their own programming, both stations operate through a loophole that allows them to do so if it is also simulcast on the primary station's HD radio channels.