|City of license||Cornwall, New York|
|Broadcast area||Newburgh-Middletown area|
|First air date||19 February 1990 (as WNBW)|
|Format||News Talk Information|
|Power||800 watts day|
|Former callsigns||WNBW (1990-1990)
|Owner||1170 Broadcast Radio, Inc.|
WWLE (1170 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Cornwall, New York, USA, the station serves the Newburgh-Middletown area. The station is currently owned by 1170 Broadcast Radio, Inc. and features programing from CNN Radio.
WWLE has existed in two incarnations. The original WWLE came to air on November 22, 1969, as the dream of the late ABC radio newscaster William L. Edmonds; the call letters are his initials. Edmonds' widow Adeline served as WWLE's president while their son Bill ran the news department. The station aired a big band/standards format with country programs on the weekends, broadcasting from the village of Cornwall-on-Hudson. After several years the station faced financial troubles and was eventually bought out by investors including Angelo Marinelli, the mayor of Yonkers, New York. By 1981, the station had changed its call letters to WCRR and eventually went dark for several years.
The old WWLE returned as WNBW on February 19, 1990, changing later in the year to WARW, then finally bringing back the old WWLE call letters in 1996. By the late 1990s, the station had moved out of the village of Cornwall to a facility on New York State Route 299 near New Paltz, New York.
In 2010, WWLE filed a petition to move to 1150 AM and increase its power (not possible on 1170 because of interference by WWVA in Wheeling, West Virginia). As of July 2014, no action has been taken by the FCC.
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- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WWLE
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