|City||New York, New York|
|Broadcast area||New York metropolitan area|
(pronounced "ten-ten wins")
|Frequency||1010 kHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1924|
|Callsign meaning||World International News Service|
(reflecting past ownership by the company owned by Hearst)
|Former callsigns||WGBS (1924–1934)|
|Former frequencies||950 kHz (1924–1927)|
860 kHz (1927–1930)
600 kHz (1930–1931)
1180 kHz (1931–1941)
1000 kHz (1941-1944)
|Affiliations||ABC News Radio|
Westwood One News
(Entercom License, LLC)
|Sister stations||WCBS, WCBS-FM, WFAN, WFAN-FM, WNEW-FM, WNSH, WNYL|
WINS (1010 kHz) is an AM radio station licensed to New York City and owned by Entercom. WINS' studios and newsroom are in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan, and its transmitting facility is located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
The station began broadcasting in 1924 on 950 kHz as WGBS. Its studios were located in Gimbels Department Store near Herald Square and the call sign included the initials for Gimbel Brothers Store. WGBS moved to 860 kHz in 1927, to 1180 in 1928, to 600 in 1929, and back to 1180 in 1931. The station was bought by William Randolph Hearst in 1932. That same year, effective January 15, it adopted its present call sign, named after Hearst's International News Service. No longer owned by Gimbels, WINS relocated to the Hotel Lincoln on 8th Avenue.
On June 19, 1932, it moved to the WINS Building, 114 East 58th Street.
It changed its frequency from 1180 to 1000 on March 29, 1941 as part of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement (NARBA). And in 1944 it made its last move one spot up the dial to 1010 AM. The Cincinnati-based Crosley Broadcasting Corporation announced its purchase of the station from Hearst in 1945 for $1,700,000, though it would be over a year before Crosley would take control of WINS, in July 1946.
Rock and roll (1953–1965)
Crosley sold the station to J. Elroy McCaw's Gotham Broadcasting Corporation in 1953 for $450,000. Soon after, WINS became one of the first stations in the United States to play rock and roll music full time. In autumn of 1954, Alan Freed was hired as a disc jockey on WINS. In 1958, Murray "the K" Kaufman joined as the all-night DJ, naming his show the Swingin' Soiree. Noted sports broadcaster Les Keiter served as sports director for a period in the 1950s. Keiter is perhaps best remembered for his recreations of San Francisco (formerly New York) Giants baseball games, which WINS carried in 1958 to keep disconnected Giants fans in touch with their team. The Giants had moved west along with the Brooklyn Dodgers the previous year.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, as the transistor radio became popular, especially with young people who could carry radios with them everywhere, rock and roll solidified as a genre, thanks in large measure to what became known as Top 40 radio. In New York, four stations battled in the category: 570 WMCA, 1050 WMGM, 770 WABC, and WINS. While WMCA was only 5,000 watts, it was at the bottom end of the dial, which gave it better coverage than might be expected for its power. The other three were all 50,000 watts, but only WABC was both non-directional and a clear channel station. Of those three, WINS was the most directional (aimed straight at New York's inner boroughs), with a weaker signal than the others toward the New Jersey suburbs and the Jersey Shore.
In 1962, WMGM adopted a beautiful music format under its previous call letters, WHN, while WINS was purchased by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. WMCA enjoyed some early success after WINS and WMGM left the Top 40 format. But WABC became the dominant Top 40 station in New York City by 1965. On April 18, 1965, around 8 p.m., WINS bowed out of Top 40 competition with the song "Out in the Streets", by The Shangri-Las,
"All news. All the time." (1965–present)
On April 19, 1965, after weeks of speculation, WINS changed its format radically. It became the third radio station in the United States to attempt all-news programming, going with the new format around the clock. WINS immediately established a template for its format with an easily identifiable, distinctive Teletype sound effect playing in the background. Most other all-news stations later dropped this, but WINS continues to use it to this day despite Teletype machines themselves becoming obsolete by the mid-1980s. WINS used memorable slogans such as "All news, all the time"; "The newswatch never stops"; "Listen two, three, four times a day"; and "You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world". The latter tagline was a reference to WINS's format clock, which returns to the top stories every twenty minutes.
In 1995, Westinghouse Electric purchased CBS, a move which made WINS a sister station to its long-time rival WCBS (880 AM). Early on, there had been speculation that either station would drop the all-news format, but both stations are among the most successful radio operations in the U.S. in terms of advertising sales. The two stations have their own areas of dominance. WINS's ratings numbers are better within New York City, while WCBS's listener strength is greater in the suburbs, owing primarily to its much stronger signal. From a programming standpoint, they have different styles (hard news, vs. lighter and conversational) to appeal to different listeners. Since the Westinghouse-CBS merger, both stations have continued to perform well in both ratings and advertising revenue. WINS's signal was also improved in 1995, after the company bought and took off the air KLRA in Little Rock, Arkansas, which had also broadcast on AM 1010. This relieved WINS of the need to "null" its signal in the direction of Little Rock. WINS' towers in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, which were shorter than optimum for its frequency, were replaced with four taller ones. While the signal is still directional to protect other stations, such as 1010 CFRB Toronto, the signal no longer has to protect Little Rock.
Despite being owned by CBS, WINS was affiliated with ABC News Radio, since WCBS already had the CBS Radio News Network affiliation in New York. On January 1, 2015, programming distributor Westwood One dropped ABC News Radio in favor of its own in-house, CNN-powered service, "Westwood One News." WINS does not clear the network newscasts, but does air vocal reports and sound bites.
On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom. The merger will separate WINS and WCBS radio (both AM 880 and FM 101.1) from WCBS-TV. The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.
WINS's switch to all-news was initially viewed as a risky programming choice. Tijuana, Mexico-based border blaster XETRA had programmed an English-language all-news format for the Los Angeles radio market, as had Chicago station WNUS and, previously WAVA-AM-FM in the Washington, D.C. area. Locally, WABC-FM (now WPLJ) aired a news format for several weeks during the 1962–63 New York City newspaper strike. None of the other attempts was a success, and as a result many in the radio industry predicted a quick demise for WINS. However, Westinghouse Broadcasting supported the format and WINS eventually prospered with it. Westinghouse made similar format changes at two other stations: KYW in Philadelphia, in September 1965; and KFWB in Los Angeles, in March 1968. Together, WINS, KFWB and KYW served as prototype all-news stations, and all three succeeded in attracting both listeners and advertising revenue over the years.
CBS was the first broadcaster to make an attempt to mimic Westinghouse's all-news formula. Locally in New York, WINS' success as an all-news station spurred CBS to make a similar transformation with WCBS in August 1967. At first, WCBS did not go full-time with all-news, offering other programming during late nights. In 1970, WCBS joined WINS in broadcasting all-news around the clock. After completing the conversion of WCBS to all-news, five of CBS' other owned-and-operated AM stations also adopted the format. With this move, CBS-owned WCAU in Philadelphia and KNX in Los Angeles competed directly against KYW and KFWB, but with varying results.
In 1975, NBC Radio tried a national all-news approach with its "News and Information Service" (NIS) network, but it was shut down in 1977 after only two years in operation. In the mid-1970s, Westinghouse's second Chicago station, WIND, carried the format part-time while competing against CBS-owned, all-news WBBM. WIND was not successful, and Westinghouse tried again after selling WIND in 1985 and acquiring WMAQ from NBC in 1988. Westinghouse converted WMAQ (now WSCR) into a full-time news outlet with mixed results. In the summer of 2011, New York would gain a third all-news station, this one on the FM dial, in WEMP's FM News 101.9. In the wake of meager ratings, the format abruptly flipped back to the alternative rock format that had been on the frequency three years prior. Later in 2012, Merlin Media, LLC sold the frequency to CBS Radio, which turned it into an FM simulcast of its all sports WFAN, making it a sister station to both WINS and WCBS.
Today, the New York outlets co-exist with the format as Entercom-owned sister stations. As of 2019[update], Entercom operates eight successful all-news stations around the U.S., including WINS, WCBS, WBBM, KNX, KYW, KCBS in San Francisco, WWJ in Detroit, and KRLD in Dallas. (WBZ in Boston had also been a CBS All-News outlet until CBS Radio's merger with Entercom in November 2017 forced WBZ to be spun off to iHeartMedia to meet FCC ownership limits and concerns from the Department of Justice.)
- Elliot Abrams - AccuWeather chief meteorologist
- Jeff Allen – fill-in anchor
- Lane Bajardi – Overnight Weekday Anchor
- Jon Belmont – Bottom of the hour Weekend Morning Anchor and fill-in anchor
- Mario Bosquez – Bottom of the hour Weekend Evening Anchor and fill-in anchor
- Dave Bowers - AccuWeather Meteorologist
- Brian Britain - Bottom of the Hour Weekend Morning Anchor
- Monique Coppola - Bottom of the hour Weekend Evening Anchor and fill-in anchor
- Carol D'Auria - Reporter and fill-in anchor
- Dean DeVore - AccuWeather meteorologist
- Marc Ernay - Sports
- John Feerick - AccuWeather Meteorologist
- Rebecca Granet
- Holli Haerr – Overnight Weekend Anchor
- Lee Harris – Top of the hour Weekday Morning
- Paul James – Monday-Friday Evenings
- Al Jones – Reporter
- Larry Kanter – Top of the hour Weekday Midday
- Larry Kofsky - Bloomberg Moneywatch
- Mitch Lebe - Fill-in anchor (Lebe had been a disc jockey during WINS's Top 40 era)
- Eileen Lehpamer - also currently at News 12 Long Island
- Lori Madden – Bottom of the hour Weekday Afternoon
- Kathleen Marple Kalb – Top of the Hour Weekend Morning Anchor
- John Montone – Weekday Morning Reporter
- Larry C. Mullins – Top of the hour Weekday Afternoon
- Andrew O'Day - Bloomberg Moneywatch
- Stephanie Officer - Fill-in anchor
- Juliet Papa – Reporter
- Brigitte Quinn – Bottom of the hour Weekday Morning
- Darius Radzius - Reporter
- Greg Rice - Traffic reporter
- Susan Richard – Bottom of the hour Weekday Midday
- Sonia Rincon - Reporter and fill-in anchor and also currently at WCBS-TV and WLNY-TV
- Dave Samuhel - AccuWeather Meteorologist
- Glenn Schuck - Reporter and fill-in anchor
- Roger Stern - Weekend and fill-in reporter
- Karen Stewart - Traffic reporter
- Donna Vaughan - Fill-in anchor
- David Weiss - Top of the hour Sunday afternoon anchor
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- Hollis Duncan Recounts KLRA, Little Rock, AR History, by Hollis W. Duncan, KAAY Radio, September 15, 2010
- 1010 WINS, Lyndhurst, N.J. by Scott Fybush, fybush.com, May 20, 2005
- CBS Radio to Merge with Entercom
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