Media in New York's Capital District
The media in New York's Capital District is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy media market, which is the 56th largest in the United States, includes all of the 11 counties of the Capital District, along with Hamilton County, New York, as well as Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Bennington County, Vermont. In total, there are 16 AM/MW stations, 30 full-power FM stations, 14 low-power FM translators, 8 full power analog TV stations, 5 low-power TV translators, and 8 full power digital TV (DTV) stations licensed to communities within 30 miles (48 km) of downtown Albany. In terms of broadcast media, Albany is part of Arbitron market #63 (radio), and Nielsen DMA #57 (television), and is a broadcast market with historical relevance. The pioneering influence of General Electric in Schenectady directly contributed to the area emerging as the birthplace of station-based television (WRGB) and one of the earliest FM broadcast stations (today's WRVE), in addition to the first federally licensed radio station in upstate New York, WGY.
The Albany Times Union is area's primary daily newspaper; its headquarters moved to suburban Colonie from Albany in the 1970s after a dispute with then-Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd over land needed for expansion. More localized are The Daily Gazette, which focuses primarily on Schenectady; the Troy Record, which focuses on Troy; The Post-Star, which focuses on Washington, Warren, and northern Saratoga counties; The Saratogian, which focuses on Saratoga County; the Amsterdam Recorder for Montgomery and Fulton County; the Gloversville Leader-Herald for Fulton County; the Register-Star for Columbia County; and The Daily Mail in Greene County. Metroland is the alternative newsweekly in the area, publishing each Thursday, while The Business Review is a business weekly published each Friday.
- Adirondack Moneysaver (Shopper's Guide) - Saratoga County Free Shopper's Guide. Local Merchant Specials, Classifieds, Free non-profits.
- Tuesday Edition (Community newspaper) - Family-oriented events in and around the Capital District.
- Metroland (newspaper) - a free Alternative / Lifestyle weekly printed in Albany that publishes Thursday.
- Legislative Gazette - covers New York State politics, based in Albany
- Spotlight Newspapers - local news, events & classifieds printed in several different editions for select suburban towns in the Capital Region.
- Saratoga TODAY Newspaper - free news weekly printed by Saratoga Publishing published every Friday for Saratoga Springs and surrounding communities.
- The Chronicle - published by students at The College of Saint Rose. It is printed by the The Daily Gazette and is published every Tuesday during the school year.
- Albany Student Press - published by the students of the University at Albany, SUNY.
WRGB has the distinction of being the very first affiliated station of the NBC Television Network. The Albany TV DMA is served by the following stations, providing programming from many of the English-language American broadcast television networks: WRGB-CBS, WTEN-ABC, WNYT-NBC, WXXA-Fox, WMHT-PBS, WCWN-CW, WNYA-MyNetworkTV, and WYPX-ION. All of these services, with the exception of WNYA, also have companion digital television transmitters serving the region. There are currently no local affiliates for any of the Spanish-language domestic broadcast television networks, however the national service of Univision is provided via cable TV. Local cable TV operator Time Warner Cable provides a 24-hour cable news television channel, YNN Capital Region (formerly Capital News 9; now covering Albany and Glens Falls). Christian television networks TBN and 3ABN are available via low-power translator service to the immediate metro area. Unlike many television markets around the country, TV stations from neighboring markets cannot normally be received in the greater Albany area due to distance and terrain.
|PSIP Channel (Cable)||Callsign||Affiliation||City of license||Owner||Notes|
|6 (6)||WRGB||CBS||Schenectady, NY||Sinclair Broadcast Group||DTV Ch. 6 (1806)|
|10 (10)||WTEN||ABC||Albany, NY||Media General||DTV Ch. 26 (1810); See also WCDC|
|13 (13)||WNYT||NBC||Albany, NY||Hubbard Broadcasting||DTV Ch. 12 (1813)|
|15 (None)||WEPT-CA||Antenna TV||Albany, NY||Venture Technologies Group||Relay for WNYA Pittsfield|
|17 (11)||WMHT||PBS||Schenectady, NY||WMHT Educational Telecommunications||DTV Ch. 34 (1811)|
|14 (14)||WYBN||Independent||Windham, NY||Cable Ad Net New York, Inc.||DTV Ch. 14.1 thru 14.6|
|23 (8)||WXXA-TV||FOX||Albany, NY||Shield Media (operated by WTEN/Media General)||DTV Ch. 7 (1808)|
|45 (15)||WCWN||CW||Schenectady, NY||Sinclair Broadcast Group||DTV Ch. 43 (1815)|
|51 (4)||WNYA||MyTV||Pittsfield, MA||Hubbard Broadcasting||DTV Ch. 13 (1804)|
|58 (None)||W58CX||3ABN||Saratoga Springs, NY||3ABN Inc.||Satellite fed low-power translator
Transmitter located in New Scotland NY
|55 (20)||WYPX||ION||Amsterdam, NY||ION Media Networks||DTV Ch. 50 (1820)|
Time Warner Cable also provides a local 24-hour rolling news service to its subscribers, YNN Capital Region (formerly Capital News 9) on cable channel 9. Audio portion is simulcast in the Albany area via radio station WUAM, 900 AM.
In 1947, this region was also home to the first independently-owned and operated stand-alone FM radio station in the United States, W47A. In the early 2000s, the greater Albany market had the distinction of having the highest concentration of FM broadcast stations east of the Mississippi River. The Capital District has three local News/Talk radio stations, WGY, WROW, and WGDJ on the AM (MW) band. All feature a mixture of locally oriented and nationally syndicated programming. There are two Sports formatted stations: WOFX, local affiliate for Fox Sports Radio; and WTMM, local affiliate for ESPN Radio. Both stations provide local sports and sports-talk programming as well as national content. The FM dial is primarily made up of commercial music-formatted stations similar to those in other cities around North America, the largest of which include Pop music station WFLY 'FLY-92', Adult Contemporary WYJB 'B-95.5', Hot AC WRVE '99.5 The River', Rock station WQBK-FM 'Q-103', Classic Rock WPYX 'PYX-106', and Country music WGNA-FM 'Country 107.7'. Public radio broadcasting is available from two organisations: Northeast Public Radio serves the Capital Region via their flagship station WAMC-FM, and is the primary local affiliate for NPR network programming, and WMHT-FM is another local outlet that clears select NPR and PRI programming. WAMC focuses on News & Talk programming during the day, various music programs and BBC World Service programming in the evening, while WMHT-FM mainly provides Classical Music programming for most of their broadcast schedule. There are no radio stations in the Albany area that provide programming in languages other than English on a full-time basis. A few individual programs in languages including Spanish, Italian and Arabic are scheduled, primarily on college owned and operated stations.
|590 kHz||WROW||Oldies||Albany, NY||Pamal Broadcasting||CBS News affiliate|
|810 kHz||WGY-AM||News/Talk||Schenectady, NY||Clear Channel Communications||Fox News Channel; Rush Limbaugh
Syracuse University sports, HD Radio.
|900 kHz||WUAM||News||Watervliet, NY||Empire Broadcasting Corporation||simulcast of YNN Capital Region|
|980 kHz||WOFX||Sports||Troy, NY||Clear Channel Communications||FOX Sports affiliate, UAlbany football & basketball
Boston Red Sox baseball, NY Jets football. HD Radio.
|1160 kHz||WABY||Adult Standards||Mechanicville, NY||Empire Broadcasting Corporation|
|1240 kHz||WPTR||Sports||Schenectady, NY||Empire Broadcasting Corporation||CBS Sports Radio affiliate|
|1300 kHz||WGDJ||Talk radio||Rensselaer, NY||Capital Broadcasting, Inc.||ABC News, Siena College men's basketball|
|1330 kHz||WHAZ||Christian||Troy, NY||Capital Media Group|
|1400 kHz||WAMC||NPR||Albany, NY||Northeast Public Radio||Simulcast of WAMC-FM|
|1460 kHz||WDDY||N/A||Albany, NY||The Walt Disney Company||Station currently on Silent.|
|1540 kHz||WDCD||Christian||Albany, NY||Crawford Broadcasting|
Fringe FM signals which can be received in the Albany market include:
|90.7 MHz||WPGL||Christian||Pattersonville, NY||Sound of Life Radio||Simulcast on 94.9 Albany|
|91.1 MHz||WHVP||Christian||Hudson, NY||Sound of Life Radio|
|91.1 MHz||WSPN||College||Saratoga Springs, NY||Skidmore College|
|92.9 MHz||WBPM||Classic Hits||Saugerties, NY||Pamal Broadcasting|
|93.5 MHz||WZCR||Oldies||Hudson, NY||Clear Channel Communications|
|94.7 MHz||WBAR-FM||Christian||Lake Luzerne, NY||Capital Media Group||Simulcast of WHAZ-AM|
|95.9 MHz||WCQL||Hot Adult Contemporary||Queensbury, NY||Regional Radio Group|
|97.3 MHz||WMYY||Christian||Schoharie, NY||Capital Media Group||Simulcast of WHAZ-AM|
|97.5 MHz||WHAZ-FM||Christian||Hoosick Falls, NY||Capital Media Group||Simulcast of WHAZ-AM|
|97.7 MHz||WEXT||Adult Album Alternative||Amsterdam, NY||WMHT Educational Telecommunications|
|97.9 MHz||WRIP||Adult Contemporary||Windham, NY||Rip Radio, LLC|
|98.5 MHz||WCTW||Hot Adult Contemporary||Catskill, NY||Clear Channel Communications|
|98.5 MHz||WCKM-FM||Classic Hits||Lake George, NY||Regional Radio Group|
|100.3 MHz||WKBE||Modern Adult Contemporary||Warrensburg, NY||Pamal Broadcasting|
|101.3 MHz||WJKE||Adult Contemporary||Stillwater, NY||Empire Broadcasting Corporation|
|101.7 MHz||WNYQ||Classic Hits||Hudson Falls, NY||Pamal Broadcasting|
|101.9 MHz||WJIV||Christian||Cherry Valley, NY||Christian Broadcasting System|
|102.7 MHz||WEQX||Modern Rock||Manchester, VT||Northshire Broadcasting|
|103.5 MHz||WQBJ||Active Rock||Cobleskill, NY||Townsquare Media||Simulcast of WQBK-FM|
|107.1 MHz||WFFG-FM||Country||Corinth, NY||Pamal Broadcasting|
- Saint Rose Internet Radio: Internet based radio station for The College of Saint Rose
- Albany, NY on American Radio Map (Radiomap.us)