|City of license||WOLF: Syracuse, New York
WMBO: Auburn, New York
|Broadcast area||WOLF: Syracuse, New York
WMBO: Finger Lakes, New York
|Branding||Radio Disney Syracuse
Radio Disney AM 1490
|Slogan||Your Music, Your Way|
|Frequency||WOLF: 1490 kHz (also on HD Radio)
WMBO: 1340 kHz
|First air date||WOLF: May 5, 1940
WMBO: March 23, 1927
|Facility ID||WOLF: 73380
|Transmitter coordinates||WOLF: Coordinates: (center of 2 towers)
WMBO: (single tower)
|Callsign meaning||WOLF: Wolf|
WNNR (April – October 1989)
WNYR (October 1988 – April 1989)
WOLF (1940 – 1981?)
|Owner||Craig Fox (51%)
(WOLF Radio, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WMVN (FM), WWLF-FM (WOLF-FM simulcast)|
WOLF (1490 AM) and WMBO (1340 AM) are two radio stations for Syracuse, New York (WOLF) and Auburn, New York (WMBO). The stations are 51% owned by Craig Fox, who also owns several other radio and low-power TV stations in the state of New York. WOLF and WMBO are affiliated with Radio Disney.
WOLF first signed on in Syracuse shortly before World War II. Like all local-channel AMs, it was initially limited to only 250 watts of power. During the early 1960s it was permitted to raise daytime power to 1,000 watts, and increased night power to 1,000 watts a decade later along with nearly all other local-channel (class C) AM stations in the United States. It long programmed a personality popular music format, and for many years was highly competitive within its signal area with stronger regional (class B) signals from similarly formatted stations including WNDR and WFBL, although it was unable to achieve full metropolitan coverage especially after sunset.
Past radio personalities at WOLF include:
- Dick Clark
- Jim Sims
- Fred Winston (Chicago)
- Bud Ballou and Dale Dorman (Buffalo, Boston)
- Marv Albert and Don Bombard (New York)
- Wendell "Windy" Craig (CBS Evening News)
In the mid-2000s, the stations were simulcast with sister stations WOLF-FM and WWLF-FM, making them two of the few Radio Disney affiliates on the FM dial. In December 2006, the FM stations split off and flipped to the MOViN format. The AMs remain affiliated with Radio Disney.
Late 2013, 1340 WMBO switched from Radio Disney to a nostalgia format.
- Christiano, Bob (2006-12-24). "Historical Look at WOLF 1490: The WOLF Story". The WOLF 1490 Tribute Site. pp. Part 1. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- "Auburn Radio Station Opens". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. March 23, 1927. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
- "WOLF(AM)". FCCInfo. Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc. 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-10-19. Using NAD83 coordinates instead of FCC standard NAD27 because NAD83 is closer to WGS-84.
- "WMBO". FCCInfo. Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc. 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-10-19. Using NAD83 coordinates instead of FCC standard NAD27 because NAD83 is closer to WGS-84.
- Christiano, Bob (2006-12-24). "Historical Look at WOLF 1490: The WOLF Story". The WOLF 1490 Tribute Site. pp. Part 2. Retrieved 2007-10-19. "Listeners' Network ... bought WOLF in January 1981 from Deer River Broadcasting. In July of last year, WOLF switched from Top 40 to country and western format."
- Wolf Radio, Inc. (2006-01-27). "FCC 323: Ownership Report For Commercial Broadcast Stations - 20060126AIX". Retrieved 2007-10-20.
- Radio Disney's website
- The WOLF 1490 Tribute Site
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WOLF
- Radio-Locator Information on WOLF
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WOLF
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WMBO
- Radio-Locator Information on WMBO
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WMBO
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