|City||WRNY: Rome, New York|
WTLB: Utica, New York
|Broadcast area||Utica-Rome area|
|Branding||ESPN Utica-Rome 1310 1350 AM|
|Frequency||WRNY: 1350 kHz|
WTLB: 1310 kHz
|Translator(s)||96.5 MHz - W243DY (Rome)|
|First air date||WRNY: 1959|
W243DY: November 15, 2018
|Power||WRNY: 500 watts day|
57 watts night
WTLB: 5,000 watts day
500 watts night
W243DY: 83 watts
|Facility ID||WRNY: 53657|
|Call sign meaning||WRNY: Rome, New York|
WTLB: play on WTLA, with B to indicate the second.
New York Yankees Radio Network
New York Giants Radio Network
|Owner||Galaxy Communications |
(Galaxy Utica Licensee LLC)
|Sister stations||WIXT, WKLL, WUMX|
WRNY (1350 AM) is an American radio station broadcasting at 1350 kHz. The station was owned by Clear Channel Communications until September 2007, when ownership was transferred to Galaxy Utica as a result of Clear Channel's decision to "go private". The station had been acquired by Clear Channel from Dame Media in June, 1999.
Before their transfer of ownership to Galaxy, WRNY and WIXT in Little Falls (which, from its sign-on in 1952 to 2005, was known by the call sign WLFH) operated as part of a four station network of Sports Talk radio stations identified as "The Sports Stars", along with WADR in Remsen and WUTQ in Utica. The stations carried a variety of local and syndicated sports talk programming, along with live coverage of local sporting events. The Sports Stars network also carried an affiliation with Fox Sports Radio, as was the standard for Clear Channel sports radio stations.
WTLB, at the time, was under Galaxy Communications ownership; WTLB was mostly a simulcast of WTLA in Syracuse (hence the call sign) and WSGO in Oswego; all three stations ran the Music of Your Life adult standards format.
Upon Clear Channel's exit from the Utica market in September 2007, the network was rearranged. WADR and WUTQ, the two weakest stations in the network, were sold to Ken Roser and became full service outlets, while Galaxy Communications acquired WRNY and WIXT, which retained their sports format. Galaxy then paired the stations with WTLB, which ended its adult standards format to simulcast WRNY/WIXT. The stations retained their Fox Sports Radio affiliation, but changed their identification from "Sports Stars" to "1310 The Game." In 2010, Galaxy reached an affiliation deal with ESPN Radio, in which their Utica and Syracuse AM stations would join the network. The deal took effect on March 5, and WTLB/WIXT/WRNY promptly dropped Fox Sports to join ESPN. Galaxy's Syracuse stations, WTLA and WSGO, also ended their Music Of Your Life affiliation at that time to join ESPN.
Since WTLB and WRNY have to lower power at night to avoid interference with other stations, Galaxy sought a FM translator to serve the city at night. In 2012, they acquired translator W256AJ at 99.1 FM from the Christian Broadcasting System, owners of WJIV, moved the translator from Hotel Utica to the top of Smith Hill, and boosted its power. The new signal began simulcasting WRNY's programs on September 13, 2012. On September 8, 2016, W256AJ broke from its WRNY simulcast to become variety hits-formatted "Tony FM", which also simulcasts on the HD2 subchannel of sister station WKLL. WIXT followed suit on March 23, 2018. On November 15, 2018, WRNY programming was restored to the FM dial when Galaxy signed on translator W243DY at 96.5.
In 2016 Galaxy moved their Utica studios (WKLL, WOUR, WUMX, WTLB, WRNY and WIXT) from Washington Mills to Downtown Utica inside the new Landmarc Building (the old HSBC Location) and renamed it Galaxy Media. Inside their new location the walls on the side of the street for each studio are made entirely of glass, allowing people to see DJ's at work similar to the "Good Morning America" Studios (Galaxy has long used a similar layout for their studio in Syracuse).
- Tampone, Kevin, "Nine Clear Channel Utica stations fetch $3.1 million", CNY Business Journal, August 3, 2007
- "FCC Construction Permit". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Galaxy Launches 99.1 Tony-FM Utica, RadioInsight.com, September 8, 2016
- "The New Tony FM can now also be heard on 1230AM in Little Falls!"
- "ESPN Radio is now on 96.5 FM! You can still catch us on 1310 in Utica and 1350 in Rome."
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