WUSP (AM)

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WUSP / WRCK
City of license WUSP: Utica, New York
WRCK: Remsen, New York
Broadcast area Central New York Region
Branding 95.5 WUSP
Frequency WUSP: 1550 kHz
WRCK: 1480 kHz
Translator(s) 95.5 W238CA (Utica, relays WUSP)
Format Sports
Power WUSP: 1,000 watts day
3 watts night
WRCK: 5,000 watts day
Class WUSP: D
WRCK: D
Facility ID WUSP: 4680
WRCK: 466
Transmitter coordinates WUSP:
43°6′48.00″N 75°15′25.00″W / 43.1133333°N 75.2569444°W / 43.1133333; -75.2569444 (WUTQ)
WRCK:
43°19′31.00″N 75°10′29.00″W / 43.3252778°N 75.1747222°W / 43.3252778; -75.1747222 (WRCK)
Callsign meaning WUSP: Utica SPorts
WRCK: RoCK 107 (former slogan of 107.3 FM under the classic rock and CHR formats)
Former callsigns WUSP: WUTQ (to 2012)
WRCK: WADR (to 2012)
Affiliations CBS Sports Radio
Yahoo! Sports Radio
New England Patriots Radio Network
Owner Frank Abadessa and Thomas Coyne
(Good Guys Broadcasting Corporation)
Website wuspfm.com

WUSP and WRCK are AM radio stations operating at 1550 kHz and 1480 kHz and located in Utica, New York and Remsen, New York respectively. The stations are currently owned by Frank Abadessa and Thomas Coyne, through licensee Good Guys Broadcasting Corporation. In July 2010, the stations added an FM simulcast in W238CA 95.5 FM in Middleville and rebranded as B95.5 and now transmitting/licensed from atop Smith Hill in Deerfield. It is currently branded as 95.5 WUSP.

WRCK was known as WADR until March 2012; the WRCK call letters were previously used by the stations now known as WUTQ-FM and WKVU. From the late 1990s onward, WADR and WUTQ (AM) were two of the four stations collectively known as the "Sports Stars Radio Network," a collection of four AM radio stations (WLFH/Little Falls and WRNY/Rome being the others) carrying a mix of local and national sports talk. When station owner Clear Channel Communications exited most of its small markets in 2007, the network was broken up: WLFH (now WIXT) and WRNY went to Galaxy Communications (who joined them with WTLB to form a new sports network) while WUTQ and WADR were sold to Ken Roser and became full-service outlets. In 2011, WADR was renamed WRCK after the Educational Media Foundation sold its Air 1 affiliate broadcasting under that call sign to Roser, who began simulcasting WRCK/WUTQ's programming on the station as WUTQ-FM.

On July 27, 2012, it was announced that Good Guys Broadcasting Corporation, a company led by two former executives at WKTV, would be purchasing WRCK and WUTQ from Roser and converting the two stations to sports radio.[1] The purchase was consummated on December 21, 2012, at a purchase price of $350,000. The stations then began airing programming from Sports Byline USA and the USA Radio Network, with Tom Coyne (one of the two stations' owners) hosting morning drive and longtime radio host Hank Brown returning for his third stint at the station in middays.[2] Sports include the New York Mets and the New England Patriots. The stations' previous format moved to FM 100.7 and kept the WUTQ call sign and branding, while the former WUTQ was renamed WUSP. Ethnic/specialty programming such as the "The Saturday Polka Review" Polish/American show, "Radio 202" Bosnian Radio Show, The 95.5FM Hispanic Show, all on Saturday, and on Sunday; "The Family Rosary Radio" followed by "The Voice Of The New Italy" were retained by WUSP.

In August 2013, WUSP/WRCK dropped its Sports Byline USA affiliation and affiliated with CBS Sports Radio and Yahoo! Sports Radio.[3]

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