|City of license||Corning, New York|
|Broadcast area||Elmira-Corning area|
|Slogan||Wink106 All the Hits|
|First air date||1940s (as WKNP-FM)|
|Format||contemporary hit radio|
|Former callsigns||WCLI-FM (1980-1980)
(Backyard Broadcasting Elmira Licensee, LLC)
|Sister stations||WNGZ, WPGI, WRCE, WWLZ|
WNKI (106.1 FM) Wink 106 is a radio station broadcasting a contemporary hit radio format. Licensed to Corning, New York, USA, the station serves the Elmira-Corning area. The Arbitron #1 rated station in the market. The station is currently owned by Backyard Broadcasting and licensed to Backyard Broadcasting Elmira Licensee, LLC.
The station went on the air as WKNP in the 1940s under the ownership of the Corning Leader newspaper. Its original frequency was 95.1 FM. By 1950, it had moved to another frequency, the current 106.1 FM. A sister AM station, WCLI, signed on in 1947.
It had broadcast from a building at Erie Avenue (now Dennison Parkway) and Walnut Street in Corning. The Erie Railroad mainline passed nearby, and passing freight and passenger trains used to shake the building along with the recorded music on the turntables, according to Leader columnist Dick Peer.
Disc jockey Bob Shaddock, who became one of the market's iconic radio personalities, developed a skill of picking up the needle from the 78 RPM records and making announcements while trains passed, according to Peer.
The newspaper sold the stations in 1953.
On October 20, 1980, the station changed its call sign to WZKZ. Known as KZ-106, the station played a live-assist automated adult contemporary format. It was the top-rated station in the Elmira-Corning market for much of the decade.
In 1993, Pro Radio Inc. bought the stations. The FM call letters were switched on Oct. 8, 1993, to the current WNKI  The change was controversial in that several popular personalities were let go as Pro Radio launched a top 40 format under the name of Wink 106 with a staff of air personalities who were popular on other stations in the market. The change made some unwanted headlines when a presumably irate listener entered the main office (then at 99 W. First St.) after hours and doused it with fox urine.
Pro Radio eventually sold to Backyard Broadcasting, the current owner, which moved the stations to Elmira Heights. In 1997, the AM and FM split, with Backyard selling WCLI to Eolin Broadcasting, which also owned WCBA, WCBA-FM, and WGMM.
On May 6, 2013 It was announced that Backyard Broadcasting was selling the Elmira/Corning, NY cluster including WNKI/WPGI/WNGZ/WRCE/WWLZ to Community Broadcasters, LLC in Watertown, New York
- Mornings - The Wink Wakeup Crew: Scott and Ally in the Mornings
- Middays - Jessica Brander
- Afternoons - Chase Daniels
- Nights - Brody
- Ryan Seacrest
- Rat & Puff
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