WSYR (AM)

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WSYR
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Broadcast area Syracuse, NY
Branding Newsradio 570 WSYR
Slogan Syracuse's News, Weather and Traffic
Frequency 570 kHz
First air date September 15, 1922
Format News/Talk
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Transmitter coordinates 42°59′13.00″N 76°09′09.00″W / 42.9869444°N 76.1525000°W / 42.9869444; -76.1525000
Callsign meaning W SYRacuse
Former callsigns WMAC (1922-1928)
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website WSYR.com

WSYR (570 AM) is a 5,000 watt radio station licensed to Syracuse, New York. Owned and operated by iHeartMedia, Inc., it broadcasts a talk radio format under the moniker "Newsradio 570 WSYR." The station has simulcast on WSYR-FM (106.9 FM) since January 2011; while initially the simulcast primarily promoted the 106.9 FM frequency, in 2013 WSYR began to reemphasize the 570 AM frequency.

WSYR is Syracuse's heritage radio station. It was founded on September 15, 1922 as WMAC, owned by Clive Meredith and based in the nearby town of Cazenovia. In 1928, it moved to a new studio atop the Hotel Syracuse under new calls, WSYR. For decades, beginning in 1948, it was owned by the Newhouse chain[1] alongside the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse Herald-Journal. As such, it spawned an FM station (now WYYY) and a television station (now WSTM-TV).[2] For a brief time, it had another television sister when Clear Channel Communications (now known as iHeartMedia) acquired WIXT (channel 9) and brought back the WSYR-TV calls after a 26-year absence. The new WSYR-TV was sold off along with the rest of Clear Channel's television division in 2007.

WSYR's programming is characteristic of most talk radio stations owned by iHeartMedia. It airs a local morning show, Central New York's Morning News with Joe Galuski, a one-hour afternoon news block co-hosted by Galuski and Kevin Schenk, with the standard iHeartMedia slate of syndicated programming: Glenn Beck Program, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, The Savage Nation, and Coast to Coast AM.[1]

WSYR has historically tried to appeal to listeners with a large amount of local programming both during the morning drive and afternoon drive times. WSYR has carried the Rush Limbaugh Show for over 20 years as of 2014. For many years the show was run on a one-hour delay so a local noon news hour could also run, during which the Paul Harvey mid-day report was included. Since Harvey's death in 2009, Limbaugh now airs live, with Reith picking up the extra hour of time at 3:00 after Limbaugh's show. The Savage Nation aired on former competitor WFBL until April 2008, when WFBL abandoned the talk format for an AM music format. [2] Reith was dismissed October 2011 and replaced by Bob Lonsberry, who broadcasts his show from the studios of sister station WHAM in Rochester.[3]

The weekend schedule includes repeats of talk shows run during the week, such as Limbaugh and Hannity. There is a live and local Saturday morning talk show that duplicates the format of its weekday counterpart, Central New York's Saturday Morning News. A Sunday morning talk show with George Kilpatrick ran from 1994 to 2014, despite Kilpatrick's progressive talk radio format; Kilpatrick now hosts a program on urban-formatted sister station WHEN.[4] Another long-running weekend show, The Weeder's Digest with Terry Ettinger, was canceled the same weekend Kilpatrick left WSYR.[5]

In late 2010, numerous indications based upon FCC filings, domain registrations, and a format change at a sister station, suggested that WSYR was preparing to launch an FM simulcast on FM 106.9. The simulcast became official at 7 PM (EST) on January 2, 2011, as WPHR became "Newsradio 106.9 WSYR-FM." For a time, the FM side gained priority in on-air advertising and on the Web site banner.[3] However, the AM side remained the primary station, and over the next two years most references to the FM side were cut back, to the extent that the station now refers to itself as "Newsradio 570 WSYR, Now on 106.9 FM."

For decades, WSYR was the flagship station of Syracuse Orangemen football and men's basketball.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "WSYR Sold to Newhouse For Sum of $1,200,000". Broadcasting. June 7, 1948. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Fybush, Scott. Eighty Years of WSYR. NorthEast Radio Watch, 2002-09-19.
  3. ^ "Urban AC Goes To AM, Talk Coming To FM in Syracuse" from Radioinsight (January 2, 2011)

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