WUTI

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WUTI
City of license Utica, New York
Broadcast area Utica
Branding CNY Talk Radio
Frequency 1150 kHz
First air date April 24, 1948
Last air date May 23, 2013
Format Defunct
Power 5,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 73969
Transmitter coordinates 43°10′31.00″N 75°21′3.00″W / 43.1752778°N 75.3508333°W / 43.1752778; -75.3508333Coordinates: 43°10′31.00″N 75°21′3.00″W / 43.1752778°N 75.3508333°W / 43.1752778; -75.3508333
Callsign meaning UTIca
Former callsigns WRUN (1948-2009)
Affiliations ABC News Radio
Talk Radio Network
Westwood One
Owner Leatherstocking Media Group
Website cnytalkradio.com

WUTI (1150 AM) was a radio station broadcasting a talk format.[1] Licensed to Utica, New York, USA, the station served the Utica area. The station, established in 1948 as WRUN, was last owned by Leatherstocking Media Group, Inc.,[2] and simulcast with WFBL in Syracuse until going off the air in 2013.

History[edit]

WUTI signed on April 24, 1948[3] as WRUN, under the ownership of the Rome Sentinel.[4] The Sentinel was concerned that the Utica-Rome area was not being served adequately by WIBX, which, at the time the paper applied for the construction permit in 1946, had a 250-watt signal incapable of reaching Rome at night; in contrast, WRUN, with its 5,000-watt signal, would have more of a regional reach.[5] (WIBX, in turn, upgraded to 5,000 watts soon afterward.[4][6])

The Sentinel sold WRUN to Woods Communication Corporation in 1970; by then, it had a middle-of-the-road format,[7] which evolved to a contemporary format by 1974.[8] However, WRUN returned to MOR programming the following year.[9] WRUN again changed its format in 1977, this time to top 40.[10] The station was sold to WRUN, Inc. in 1978[11] and to Oneida Communications in 1985.[12]

Forever Broadcasting bought the station in 1996.[13] In the fall of 1997, the station began to relay sister country music station WFRG-FM;[14] WRUN itself had applied for, but never used, the WFRG callsign in 1993.[15] Forever sold its stations in the market to Regent Communications in 1999,[16] and the following year, after a brief period simulcasting erstwhile competitor WIBX, WRUN began a adult standards format.[17]

The format continued until 2005; that year, the station was sold to WAMC, who switched it to a relay of its public radio network.[18] However, WAMC had been trying since 1998 to launch an FM relay of the network on 90.3 in nearby Remsen.[19] When WRUN-FM finally signed on in December 2008,[20] it determined that the AM station was no longer necessary, and sold it to Digital Radio Broadcasting in exchange for a translator in Cooperstown the following year.[21] Upon assuming control that December, the new owners changed the call letters to WUTI, broadcasting a variety hits format with minimal interruption;[22][23] by May 2010, the station began branding itself as "Ed 1150", including several thinly-veiled references to Ed Levine, the owner of Galaxy Communications.[24] That September, Leatherstocking Media Group began programming the station and implemented a simulcast of its Syracuse talk radio station WFBL, once again making WUTI a direct competitor to WIBX.[25] Leatherstocking bought WUTI outright shortly afterward.[26]

WUTI went off the air on May 23, 2013 after vandals stole the station's transmission line; at that time, the station was operating at reduced power, and had also been experiencing briefer interruptions due to unrelated technical problems with equipment used to receive programming from WFBL.[27] Though the station initially planned to resume broadcasting within weeks, by that December WUTI remained silent, with plans to return to the air in the first quarter of 2014.[28] The station ultimately did not sign back on within a year of going silent, and as a result its license was canceled by the Federal Communications Commission on August 11, 2014.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Winter 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ "WUTI Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1981 (PDF). 1981. p. C-164. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Broadcasting Yearbook 1949 (PDF). 1949. p. 188. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sentinel Company Files Applications For 2 Radio Stations" (PDF). Rome Sentinel. April 25, 1946. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1948 (PDF). 1948. p. 178. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1971 (PDF). 1971. p. B-145. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1975 (PDF). 1975. p. C-133. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1976 (PDF). 1976. p. C-139. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1978 (PDF). 1978. p. C-153. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  11. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1979 (PDF). 1979. p. C-155. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Application Search Details (1)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Application Search Details (2)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  14. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 19, 1998). "More Layoffs in N.H.". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  16. ^ Fybush, Scott (August 6, 1999). "Sales Galore!". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  17. ^ Fybush, Scott (December 25, 2000). "WMEX Goes Business". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  18. ^ Fybush, Scott (January 3, 2005). "Bangor Flips to Classic Hits". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  19. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 10, 2005). "A Salute to Armstrong at AES". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  20. ^ Fybush, Scott (December 22, 2008). "MPBN Threatens Service Cuts". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  21. ^ Fybush, Scott (July 13, 2009). "A Month On, DTV Transition Still Tangled". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  22. ^ Fybush, Scott (December 7, 2009). "NBC/Comcast Moves Forward". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  23. ^ Fybush, Scott (December 21, 2009). "KDKA's Fred Honsberger Dies". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  24. ^ WUTI's new branding: Ed 1150. CNYRadio.com. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  25. ^ "Leatherstocking Overtakes WUTI 1150, Flips to Talk". CNYRadio.com. September 19, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  26. ^ "WUTI Sale Price Revealed". CNYRadio.com. October 19, 2010. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  27. ^ "WUTI to be silent for weeks after vandals hit tower site". CNYRadio.com. May 30, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  28. ^ "GM aiming for first quarter return of WUTI 1150". CNYRadio.com. December 4, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  29. ^ Doyle, Peter H. (August 11, 2014). "In re: WUTI(AM), Utica, NY" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved August 14, 2014.