|City||Buffalo, New York|
|Broadcast area||Buffalo, New York|
|Branding||Totally Gospel Network|
|First air date||1947|
|Power||1,000 watts day only|
|Callsign meaning||Buffalo BuFfalo|
|Former callsigns||WWOL, WHTT, WMNY|
Cumulus Media |
(Radio License Holding CBC, LLC)
The WBBF call sign is perhaps better known and remembered in upstate New York for its long association with a Rochester, NY radio station, now known as WROC, which for many years was that city's main top-40 radio station and its ratings leader from the late 1950s through the mid-1970s.
The station now known as WBBF signed on in 1947 as WWOL. It signed on an FM counterpart, WWOL-FM, in 1954. During the 1990s, the station simulcast sister station WHTT-FM as WHTT. The station was sold to Mercury Communications in the 1990s and changed its format to a brokered programming format as WMNY.
The WBBF calls were used on several radio stations in nearby Rochester for over fifty years, including stations now known as WROC, WBZA and most recently, WFKL, who dropped the calls in early 2005. Then-WMNY picked up the WBBF calls shortly thereafter.
The station had been a part of the Totally Gospel Radio Network from September 1996 until December 2006. Totally Gospel Network moved to a stronger 24-hour signal in Western New York on sister AM station WHLD as well as other stations across the continental United States, including FM station in 2010 WFWO.
In 2007, a Spanish-language Christian music and talk station was launched by Totally Gospel Radio Network. All of the Spanish-language programming on WBBF which was initially produced by the Totally Gospel Radio Network was sold to Assemblia Iglesia, a local Hispanic ministry headed by Pastor Sam Rivera.
When Cumulus Media switched WHLD from adult standards to CBS Sports Radio early in 2013, the company planned to move the former WHLD format to WBBF, but important people in the Spanish speaking community wrote to Cumulus about the station's value to the people. The ministry's programming remained.
The original Totally Gospel Radio Network format returned to the airwaves on WBBF-AM in January 2016 during drive times with a blend of Urban Gospel and Hispanic Christian programming throughout the year. Totally Gospel Network was programmed as the primary format on WBBF as of September 2017.
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