WNSH

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For the Cambridge, Minnesota radio station that briefly held the WNSH call letters in 2013, see WGVX. For the radio station in Beverly, Massachusetts, United States known as WNSH from 1984 to 2012, see WMVX (AM).
WNSH
Nash FM 94.7 2013 logo.png
City of license Newark, New Jersey
Broadcast area New York metropolitan area
Branding Nash FM 94.7
Slogan "America's Country Station"
"Country for Life"
"New York's New Country"
Frequency 94.7 MHz
First air date 1947
Format Country
ERP 23,500 watts
HAAT 207 meters
Class B
Facility ID 28204
Transmitter coordinates 40°47′17″N 74°15′19″W / 40.78806°N 74.25528°W / 40.78806; -74.25528Coordinates: 40°47′17″N 74°15′19″W / 40.78806°N 74.25528°W / 40.78806; -74.25528
Callsign meaning From the NaSH branding
Former callsigns WAAT-FM (1947–1958)
WNTA-FM (1958–1962)
WJRZ-FM (1962–1964)
WFME (1964–2013)
WRXP (2013)
Owner Cumulus Media
(Radio License Holdings LLC)
Sister stations WABC, WNBM, WPLJ
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (via iHeartRadio)
Website NashFM947.com

WNSH ("Nash FM 94.7") is a radio station licensed to Newark, New Jersey and serving the New York City metropolitan area. The station airs a country music format, and is the flagship for the "Nash" brand of country-related multimedia established by station owner Cumulus Media. WNSH shares studios with sister stations WABC (770 AM), WPLJ (95.5 FM), and WNBM (103.9 FM) above Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan, and its transmitter is based on First Mountain in West Orange, New Jersey.

Station history[edit]

WFME's logo in 2012, under Family Radio ownership.

The 94.7 FM frequency signed on in 1947 as WAAT-FM, and was owned by the Bremer Broadcasting Company along with sister station WAAT (970 AM, now WNYM). The following year Bremer launched a television station, WATV on channel 13, New Jersey's first TV outlet, transmitting from the WAAT-FM tower. In 1957 the three stations were sold by Bremer to National Telefilm Associates, who changed the operation's call letters to WNTA-FM.[1][2] During this period the station had diversified programming such as jazz, classical music, and easy listening music.

National Telefilm split up its holdings in 1961, with WNTA-TV (now WNET) being sold to a New York City-based nonprofit educational group, and the WNTA radio stations going to Communications Industries Broadcasting.[3] The new owners changed the calls to WJRZ-FM[4] and initially retained the station's previous format, but in 1963 began leasing airtime to Family Radio, a Christian broadcaster based in Oakland, California.[5] In 1964 the station was renamed WFME, and in March 1966 Family Radio purchased 94.7 FM outright and began airing its religious programming around-the-clock.[6]

WFME's local programming consisted of community announcements, weekend public affairs, and weather and traffic inserts during Family Radio's Rise and Rejoice morning show. WFME originated a portion of the network's overnight program Nightwatch, hosted by station manager/chief engineer Charlie Menut. The rest of the station's schedule originated from Family Radio headquarters in Oakland.[7]

WFME's programming was also heard on two translator stations: W213AC (90.5 FM) in Hyde Park, New York; and W247AE (97.3 FM) in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. As a result of WFME's license status change (see below), the translators could no longer legally rebroadcast WFME's broadcast signal; as a result, both translator stations are now carrying a different Family Radio station with a similar feed as of February 2012.

Sale to Cumulus Media[edit]

On January 6, 2012, Family Radio applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to change the license of WFME from noncommercial to commercial. This move followed the sales by Family Radio of stations in the Philadelphia (WKDN-FM, now WKVP) and Washington-Baltimore (WFSI, now WLZL) markets, and quickly prompted conjecture from radio industry monitors that WFME would be sold next.[8][9][10] The application was approved on February 7, 2012.[11]

The sale rumors were confirmed on October 16, 2012, when Family Radio announced that it would sell WFME to Atlanta-based Cumulus Media; the originally undisclosed price was later confirmed to be $40 million. In addition, Family Radio acquired Cumulus' WDVY (106.3 FM) in Mount Kisco, New York.[12] The FCC approved the sale/station trade January 4, 2013, making 94.7 FM a sister station to Cumulus' two existing New York market stations, WABC and WPLJ. Four days later, on January 8, 2013, Cumulus completed the purchase of WFME.[13][14] Family Radio programming on 94.7 FM ended on January 11, 2013; prior to signing off of the frequency, station manager Charlie Menut stated that the network's programming would be transferred to 106.3 FM, which became the new WFME on January 15, and that efforts to acquire an AM frequency that would cover the New York City area were being made.[15][16]

"Nash FM" Launch[edit]

On January 11, 2013, under Cumulus's new ownership, 94.7 FM began a simulcast of WPLJ, which broadcasts a hot adult contemporary format. The frequency's call sign was changed three days later to WRXP, a call sign previously used on the 101.9 FM facility in New York City under two different owners and two different stints as an alternative rock station. The WPLJ simulcast ended on January 18 in favor of stunting with a self-described "Wheel of Formats."

The stunting continued until January 21, when WRXP adopted a new country music format branded as Nash FM 94.7.[17] The first song on "Nash FM" was "How Country Feels" by Randy Houser. The move gave the New York City area its first full-time country station since 2002, when the "Y-107" simulcast of four suburban stations at 107.1 FM–located in Briarcliff Manor and Hampton Bays, New York, and Belvidere and Long Branch, New Jersey–cancelled the format. The last station to carry country full-time within the market was WYNY (103.5 FM), which became rhythmic adult contemporary WKTU in 1996.[18] To coincide with the "Nash" launch, Cumulus Media swapped the WNSH call sign from its station in Cambridge, Minnesota (the present-day WRXP) on January 29, 2013.[19]

The launch of "Nash FM" in the New York radio market was the first step in Cumulus establishing "Nash" (the name alludes to the city of Nashville, the center of the American country music industry) as a nationally-recognizable brand for country music-related content.[20] During 2013, Cumulus would apply the "Nash" brand (or its "Powered by Nash" tagline)[21] to 17 other Cumulus-owned country-formatted stations,[22][23] as well as its syndicated country programming (including American Country Countdown), their related online properties, concert events (such as the "Nash Bash" series of concerts held in New York in February 2013),[24] and print with the October launch of Nash Magazine.[25] Now applied to 34 Cumulus country stations other than WNSH, Cumulus' future plans for "Nash" include applying the brand to all of Cumulus' country stations and national country content (once the company's acquisition of Westwood One closes), licensing the brand to non-Cumulus stations, additional live events, and television and digital content.[26][27][28]

Current local talent on WNSH includes Kelly Ford (Weekdays 10AM-3PM) and Jesse Addy (Weekdays 3PM-7PM), both of whom joined "Nash FM" right after the format's debut. A morning show (6AM-10AM) was added to the station's lineup on June 20, 2013; titled America's Morning Show, the program originates before a live audience in Nashville and is hosted by Blair Garner, who hosted the Premiere Networks-syndicated After Midnite until July 2013,[29] along with co-hosts and musicians Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks.[30] America's Morning Show was heard exclusively on WNSH, but soon became syndicated nationally.[31]

Nash FM 94.7 currently holds the number 17 position on the Arbitron ratings for New York City, receiving 2.2% of the audience. The audience of Nash FM 94.7 is primarily listeners from New Jersey and Long Island as well as other suburbs of New York.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WAAT, WATV (TV) sold to NTA for $3.5 million." Broadcasting, October 7, 1957, pg. 9.
  2. ^ "NTA Newark purchase gets FCC's approval." Broadcasting, April 7, 1958, pg. 64.
  3. ^ "Changing Hands." Broadcasting, November 6, 1961, pg. 78.
  4. ^ "For the record." Broadcasting, April 2, 1962, pg. 129.
  5. ^ "Family Stations sign to program on WJRZ-FM." Broadcasting, April 8, 1963, pg. 53.
  6. ^ "For the record." Broadcasting, January 31, 1966, pg. 37.
  7. ^ WFME Program Guide
  8. ^ Taylor, Tom (9 January 2012). "New York scramble?: Is New York-market WFME (94.7) for sale? Family Radio applies to change its crown jewel to commercial operation.". TRI: Taylor on Radio-Info. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Taylor, Tom (10 January 2012). "Gotham guessing game: Yes, Family Radio’s New York-market WFME (94.7) will be for sale. But not just yet.". TRI: Taylor on Radio-Info. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Venta, Lance (7 January 2012). "WFME Applies to Go Commercial, Prepares for Sale". Radio Insight. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  11. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/app_det.pl?Application_id=1434672
  12. ^ "BALH - 20121019ACU". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Done deal: Cumulus closes on WFME." Allaccess.com, January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013. [1]
  14. ^ "Cumulus closes on WFME in New York City." Radioink.com, January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013.[2]
  15. ^ Menut, Charles. Aircheck of Family Radio sign-off on WFME (FM), January 11, 2013. Formatchange.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013. [3]
  16. ^ Camping, Harold E. "What is happening with Family Radio?" Familyradio.com. Retrieved January 11, 2013. [4]
  17. ^ Venta, Lance (21 January 2013). "94.7 NashFM New York Debuts". Radio Insight. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  18. ^ McKinley Jr., James C. (21 January 2013). "New York Radio Gets a New Country Station". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Cumulus Announces National "Nash" Brand For Country Entertainment". FMQB. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "What's Next For Nash-FM?" from RadioInsight, 1/22/2013
  21. ^ "Cumulus' Lew Dickey Explains Why NYC's New NASH-FM 'Is Good for Nashville' at CRS," from Billboard, 2/28/2013
  22. ^ "Cumulus Launches Six More Nash-FMs," from RadioInsight, 9/6/2013
  23. ^ "Nash-FM Launches In Columbia Following Fan Move," from RadioInsight, 10/8/2013
  24. ^ "Country Greets New York City with Nash Bash," from MusicRow, 2/21/2013
  25. ^ "Cumulus Launches Nash Magazine," from RadioInsight, 10/22/2013
  26. ^ Venta, Lance (21 January 2013). "Cumulus planning a national country brand". Radio Insight. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "New York Gets a Little Country." The Wall Street Journal, January 21, 2013 (subscription required). [5]
  28. ^ "Cumulus Discusses 2014 Plans for Nash," from RadioInsight, 10/30/2013
  29. ^ "Blair Garner To Leave After Midnite," from Radio Insight, 7/11/2013
  30. ^ "Cumulus to Debut America's Morning Show w/Garner," from Radio-Online, 6/10/2013
  31. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/126623/america-s-morning-show-added-to-19-cumulus-station?ref=search

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