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WXTL logo.png
City of license Syracuse, New York
Broadcast area Central New York
Branding 105.9 The Rebel
Slogan Syracuse's Classic Rock
Frequency 105.9 MHz
Format Classic rock
ERP 4,000 watts
HAAT 61 meters
Class A
Facility ID 58719
Callsign meaning W X TaLk (previous format)
Former callsigns WXCD (2/1996-10/1996)
WLTI (1996-2010)
Owner Cumulus Media
Sister stations WAQX, WNTQ, WSKO
Webcast Listen Live
Website therebelrocks.com

WXTL is a classic rock station in Syracuse, New York branded as "The Rebel". It broadcasts on FM frequency 105.9 MHz and is under ownership of Cumulus Media.


For most of the 2000s, WLTI was branded as "Lite 105.9" or "Lite Rock 105.9" and had an adult contemporary music format that varied between "soft AC" (during the Lite years) and "hot AC" (during the later "Lite Rock" period). Programming during this period included Dave Allen (mornings during the "Lite" period), Robin Marshall (under the alias "Jayne," middays), Phil Spevak (under the alias "Brian Phillips," afternoons), Bob and Sheri (mornings during the "Lite Rock" time period), Delilah (evenings), and the "Irish Power Hour," a brokered program dedicated to Celtic rock. Delilah is now on WYYY (WYYY owner Clear Channel also syndicates Delilah). The Irish Power Hour, originally staying on WXTL for about a year after changing to a talk format, moved to WAQX (a rock station) in February 2011; as of 2014, that show is now on WTKW and WOUR.

Former "LiteRock 105.9" ident used until 2010.

WLTI made the switch to news/talk, branded as WXTL "105.9 The Big Talker", in early March 2010, following a brief stunt with TV theme songs as "TV 105.9". Gary Nolan was the station's lone local weekday talk program; the rest of the lineup was culled from an eclectic mix of third-tier programming not already heard on its long-established competitors, WSYR or WFBL.

On January 6, 2012, following yet another stunt of "TV 105.9", the station switched to classic rock as "The Rebel" with The Bob & Tom Show continuing in mornings. [1]


  1. ^ http://www.radio-info.com/news/classic-rock-battle-breaks-out-in-syracuse-with-new-cumulus-rebel-1059 Classic Rock Battles Breaks Out in Syracuse With New Cumulus Rebel

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Coordinates: 43°03′29″N 76°09′58″W / 43.058°N 76.166°W / 43.058; -76.166