WINY

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WINY
City of license Putnam, Connecticut
Broadcast area Northeastern Connecticut
Slogan "Today's Best Music and Yesterday's Classics"
Frequency 1350 kHz C-QUAM AM Stereo
First air date May 3, 1953 (as WPCT)
Format Full Service/Adult Contemporary
Power 5,000 watts (day)
79 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 24112
Callsign meaning Winny, the former cartoon mascot
Affiliations Red Sox Radio Network
New England Patriots Radio Network
Motor Racing Network
Dial Global
Owner Osbrey Broadcasting Co.
Webcast Listen Live
Website winyradio.com

WINY (1350 AM) is a heritage radio station that transmits in AM stereo on 1350 kHz and is owned by Osbrey Broadcasting Company. It operates during the daytime with 5,000 watts of power, and at 79 watts nighttime. Its studios and transmitter are located in Putnam, Connecticut.

WINY first signed on the air on May 3, 1953 under the call letters WPCT. The station was financed by three French Canadian businessmen from Central Falls, Rhode Island: named Goyette, Albert Lanthier, and Rene Cote. The station was managed by Daniel Hyland with an original announcing staff of Dick Alarie, Ed Read, and Frank Carroll.

The call letters were changed to WINY in September 1960 when the station was purchased by the Herbert C. Rice family and the Winny Broadcasting Company. The call letters were changed to represent the station's new mascot, "Winny, The Community Gal," who was a counterpart to the mascot at sister station WILI, "Willie, The Community Man." The family combined the operations of the two stations into Nutmeg Broadcasting Company, which would go on to own a total of five radio stations throughout Connecticut, including WNTY Southington, WLIS Old Saybrook and WILI-FM Willimantic.

WINY changed hands in 1990 to the Gerardi Broadcasting Corporation, and once more in 2001 to the current owners, the Osbrey Broadcasting Company.

WINY produces its own programming between 06:00-18:00. Programming from 18:00-6:00 is provided by Dial Global.

In addition to its original programming, WINY is also a member station of the Boston Red Sox Radio Network, the New England Patriots Radio Network, and the Motor Racing Network.

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Coordinates: 41°54′10″N 71°53′43″W / 41.90278°N 71.89528°W / 41.90278; -71.89528