|City of license||Fulton, New York|
|Broadcast area||Central New York|
|Slogan||"Best Country...Familiar Favorites"|
|Frequency||104.7 MHZ (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1961 (As WOSC)|
|Callsign meaning||B (for its "B-104.7" handle);Best music in Syracuse|
|Former callsigns||WOSC (1961-1970s)
WKFM (1970s-1992, 3/1-6/1/1993)
WBBS ("B-104.7 FM") is a Country music formatted radio station serving the Syracuse area. The iHeartMedia, Inc. outlet broadcasts at 104.7 MHz with an ERP of 50 kW and is licensed to Fulton, New York.
The station, which debuted in 1961 as WOSC, with the call sign representing its home county, Oswego County. The station has been a Country outlet since 1993 and adopted the WBBS-FM calls shortly after changing format. Past formats included Top 40 (As WKFM in the 1970s and early 1980s as "Magic 104.7") and Classic Rock (as "104.7 KIX-FM").
B104.7 used to host an annual summer concert with national recording acts called B-Jam, which has most recently coordinated with Harborfest in Oswego, NY. The last BJAM concert was held in 2007; no concert was held in 2008.
For most of the early to middle 2000s, WBBS competed with WSCP, a Sandy Creek-based AM/FM classic country outlet. WSCP never threatened WBBS's top standing; though it developed a niche audience, WSCP eventually gave up in 2007 (the AM station now carries ESPN Deportes Radio, the FM is now K-LOVE affiliate WGKV). In August 2009, WBBS was challenged by WVOA-FM, which became country music station WOLF-FM, known as "The Wolf." Incidentally, WOLF-FM was, circa 2000, owned by Clear Channel (now known as iHeartMedia), and actually simulcasted WBBS under the call sign WXBB.
Current morning team hosts Tom and Becky were nominated for a CMA and ACM awards in 2009 and 2010. Tom Owens and Becky Palmer broadcast live from the CMA Awards in Nashville. In 2004, B104.7's Ron and Becky received a CMA Award for "Personality of the Year" for a US Medium Market.
Current WBBS on-air personalities include morning team Tom & Becky, mid-day host Amber Taylor, afternoon drive host Rich Lauber, evening host Michael Jay, and syndicated radio program After Midnite during overnights. Weekend hosts include Daryl Thomas, Angie Ward, and Chris Randolph. Earl Pitts Uhmerikun is heard during the morning show at 5:50 am, 6:50 am and 8:50 am.
Weather is provided by Dave Longley and news by Christie Casciano from WSYR-TV.
- B-104.7's website
- CNYMedia's Syracuse FM history
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WBBS
- Radio-Locator information on WBBS
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WBBS