WNBM

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WNBM
City of license Bronxville, New York
Broadcast area New York metropolitan area, Hudson Valley
Branding Radio 103.9
Slogan New York's Best Mix of R&B
Frequency 103.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1947
Format Urban Adult Contemporary
ERP 600 watts
HAAT 203.4 meters
Class A
Facility ID 14380
Callsign meaning We Are New York's Best Mix Of R&B !
Former callsigns WFAS-FM (1947–1974 and 1982–2014)
WWYD (1974–1982)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Cumulus Licensing, LLC)
Sister stations WFAS, WNSH, WABC, WPLJ
Webcast player.listenlive.co/33641
Website www.radio1039ny.com

WNBM (103.9 FM) is a radio station licensed to Bronxville, New York, USA, a suburb of New York City. Branded on-air as Radio 103.9, the station features an urban adult contemporary format and is owned by Atlanta-based Cumulus Media. WNBM shares studios with sister stations WABC (770 AM), WNSH (94.7 FM) and WPLJ (95.5 FM) above Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan, and its transmitter is based on the campus of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York City's northernmost borough.[1]

History[edit]

WNBM signed on as WFAS-FM in 1947, targeting the Westchester County, New York suburbs. The station was initially full-service, before shifting to an easy listening format. This would evolve into an adult contemporary format by the mid-1980s.

Addition of HD radio[edit]

Cumulus Broadcasting began adding HD Radio broadcasting to its station in 2005. One of the first ten stations to add HD was WFAS-FM.[2][3]

Format change[edit]

In order to increase their reach of the New York market, as well as increasing value of the station, in 2012, Cumulus applied to the FCC for a construction permit on a new tower atop the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx to better target New York City itself. The permit was approved in mid-2013. Rumors on radio industry insider websites speculated that the station would flip to either urban contemporary (to compete against Emmis Communications' WQHT and WBLS and Clear Channel's WWPR) or modern rock (which would fill the format hole in the market after WRXP flipped to a simulcast of WFAN in November 2012). During the week of June 30, 2014, the station's on-air staff bid farewell. WFAS-FM signed off their White Plains transmitter on July 4th at Midnight, after a set of "goodbye"-themed songs, which ended with "Graduation (Friends Forever)" by Vitamin C (WFAS-FM would move their programming to the HD2 sub-channel of sister WPLJ, which replaced the True Oldies Channel after Cumulus announced the end of that network, which came a few days earlier). Later that day, at 9 AM, the new Bronx transmitter signed on, and 103.9 FM stunting with a ticking clock. At 1:03 PM,[4] Cumulus officially changed the format to Urban AC, branded as "Radio 103.9", under new call letters, WNBM.[5]

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Coordinates: 40°52′48″N 73°52′39″W / 40.880038°N 73.877537°W / 40.880038; -73.877537