|City of license||Buffalo, New York|
|Broadcast area||Buffalo-Niagara Falls|
|Branding||AM 1400 Solid Gold Soul|
|Audience share||1.0 (Sp'08 P2, R&R)|
|Former callsigns||WXBX (1990-1991)
(Entercom Buffalo License, LLC)
|Sister stations||WBEN, WGR, WWKB, WTSS, WKSE|
WWWS (1400 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an Urban Oldies format. Licensed to Buffalo, New York, USA, the station serves the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area. The station is currently owned by Entercom and features programing from ABC Radio. It is owned and operated by Entercom Communications. It has a transmitter in Buffalo east of Delaware Park while it has studios located on Corporate Parkway in Amherst, New York.
WWWS went on the air in 1934 as WBNY, and has featured an assortment of famous radio personalities including John Otto, Danny Neaverth and Casey Kasem. During its tenure, the radio frequency has featured numerous callsigns (most notably WYSL, which was the station's calls through the mid-1980s) and disparate formats, ranging from Beautiful Music to Top 40 to heavy metal, to its present format of "Solid Gold Soul".
In the 1960s and early 1970s, the station was owned by top 40 format innovator Gordon McLendon of Dallas, Texas (well known for helming legendary Top 40 stations in the continental U.S. such as KLIF in Dallas, Texas and WAKY in Louisville, Kentucky), whose ownership caused many of its personalities to use the station as a springboard to national or international prominence. Under McLendon's ownership, young personalities who would later become prominent on radio and television in the upstate New York region, including Kevin O'Connell, George Hamberger and Jim McLaughlin, got their first foothold in Buffalo (then a top-20 radio market) at WYSL. The station's ability to develop emerging talent made it competitive in the immediate Buffalo city and inner-ring suburban area despite a weak signal, especially when compared with 50,000 watt format rival WKBW, which could blanket upstate New York by day and the eastern seaboard of North America by night.
In a particularly singular example of the station's wide impact, in 1962, DJ Ron Baxley, after recommendations from McLendon, became program manager for the offshore pirate radio station Radio Nord, beaming broadcasts to Stockholm, Sweden. Radio Nord was financed by McLendon and his business partner, Clint Murchison.
In the 80s, this station was known as 14Rock. In the late 1980s until September 1990, the station simulcasted sister station WPHD.
14 Karat Gold WGKT
In August 1988, WPhD General Manager Harv Moore, hooked up with local radio enthusiasts to program WGKT. This format used some of the local hits of the 1950s, 60's and 70's. Moore, who was co-hosting the morning show on WPhD FM with Robert Taylor, hired Seth Fenton from WACK in Newark, NY (outside of Rochester) to become the Morning Drive host on 14 Karat Gold. Fenton used the air name of Chip Douglas for his morning show. The "Tiny Tot of the Kilowatt" Art Wander soon became the Afternoon host, as the host of a Sport Call In program featuring discussion about the Bills and Sabres.
Both Fenton and Wander would survive the next programming changes to Rebel Radio.
The frequency is perhaps most infamously known for a one-year period (from September 1990 to September 1991) when it operated as "14X Rebel Radio". Under the call letters WXBX, the station broadcast a mix of hard rock and heavy metal just before Grunge music began to dominate the airwaves. The brunt of the music aired was "Hairband Music". Poison, Ratt, Winger, Slaughter, Scorpions, on and on. For fans of this music, it was bliss. However at a time when MTV was giving up on that style. The timing was bad for this format, hence its brief run. Ted Shredd, the afternoon drive DJ on 14X, would go on to work at WEDG (103.3 The Edge) as part of the popular Shredd and Ragan show. "Meltdown" was one of their Full-time DJ's. He had a powerful, dynamic, in your face voice. A throwback to old-school screamers like Wolfman Jack. It made your AM radio rattle. A rare voice. Like that of the late "Iron Mike Benson". Fenton change his on-air persona from Chip Douglas to "The Fatman" and hosted the morning show until his departure to become Operations Manager at WCJW in Warsaw. In 1991, the station began simulcasting sister station WUFX (which would become WEDG), and in 1993, the format changed to urban oldies, and the call letters changed to WWWS.
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