|City of license||Kingston, New York|
|Broadcast area||Poughkeepsie and Ulster County|
|Slogan||"The Kingston Station."|
|First air date||August 1, 1935|
|Transmitter coordinates||41 56 11 N 73 00 30 W|
|Callsign meaning||Kingston, New York|
(Cumulus Licensing, LLC)
|Sister stations||WALL, WCZX, WDVY, WEOK, WKXP, WPDH, WRRV, WZAD|
WKNY (1490 kHz AM) is a radio station serving the Kingston, New York, area with an adult contemporary format. It broadcasts at a power of 1 KW from a single tower located off of Albany Avenue. It is owned of Cumulus Media.
WKNY went on the air December 16, 1939 at 8:15 PM from the auditorium of Kingston High School before an audience of approximately 100 people. Major C.J. Heiselman was unable to attend WKNY's opening ceremonies but a taped message from him was broadcast over the air. The musical program was rendered by Roger Baer's Orchestra, the Vocal Rhythm Boys of Saugerties and vocal solos by Miss Lynne Clark. Following the musical program in the High School, the program continued with musical selections from the new WKNY studios in the Governor Clinton Hotel. The following morning the services in the Fair Street Reformed Church were broadcast on the air and the station began regular operations.
WKNY has authorization to broadcast at just 250 watts in 1939 at a frequency of 1490 kilocycles. In 1959 the FTC authorized WKNY to increase its daytime power to 1,000 watts and then in the 1980s, permission was given to broadcast at that power 24 hours a day.
In the 1940s, WKNY moved to the Community Theatre Building at 601 Broadway; later to 212 Fair Street in a house formerly owned by Mayor Raymond Garraghan. From its Fair Street studios, WKNY became Ulster County's most-listened-to radio station and was an Adult Contemporary reporter to Radio & Records. It also aired the syndicated "American Top 40" on Saturdays from 8am-noon, although the programming evolved from Top 40 in the early 1970s to a Full Service AC/MOR presentation by the early 1980s, when it was in heavy competition with Walter C. Maxwell's WGHQ-AM 920.
Noted former personalities include "Morning Mayor" Ward Todd, who commanded the lion's share of WKNY's audience; the station cannot be heard in Poughkeepsie and focuses on Northern Dutchess and Ulster Counties because of its limited signal, explaining its absence in Arbitron ratings for Poughkeepsie.
WKNY also aired New York Yankees baseball for many years before the games shifted to FM 94.3, a co-owned country music station (WKXP).
In 1986 WKNY moved into its present studio and offices at 718 Broadway. Today, Warren Lawrence helms the chat-heavy weekday morning show along with the Saturday afternoon oldies show and Sunday afternoon Garage Sale program. Nikolai Busko provides local news; national news, effective August 1, 2012, is provided by ABC Radio News, ending a 7-decade long partnership that the station had with the CBS Radio Network. Frank Auringer is the current weekday afternoon DJ, while Adam Alberts helms Saturday and Sunday mornings, in addition to production for live sporting events on the station.
WKNY was first owned by John McKenna and his family and went through several changes in ownership since then. It is currently owned by Cumulus Media, Inc...
Starting in Fall 2012, WKNY has added NFL Football to its sports repertoire, joining NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, and local High School football broadcasts spanning most weekends in the fall/winter seasons. WKNY's first NFL broadcast featured defending Super Bowl XLVI Champion NY Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys. Major League Baseball is slated to be added to the sports programming beginning with the 2013 season.
- Warren Lawrence, Program Director/Music DJ
- Adam Alberts, Sports/Production/Music DJ
- Frank Auringer, Music DJ
- Dan Reinhard, WKNY Sports
- Nikolai Busko, Local News
- Cappy Foster, Market Analyst
- Jodi McTague, "Speak Out" Host
- Ed Gaddy, "Right Time Radio" Host
- 1490 WKNY official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WKNY
- Radio-Locator Information on WKNY
- Query Arbitron's AM station database for WKNY
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