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WBGK

Coordinates: 43°8′28.2″N 75°1′47.5″W / 43.141167°N 75.029861°W / 43.141167; -75.029861
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WBGK
Broadcast area
Frequency99.7 MHz
BrandingBug Country
Programming
FormatCountry music
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
  • Ken Roser
  • (Roser Communications Network, LLC)
WUTQ-FM, WVTL, WSKU, WSKS
History
First air date
October 2000 (2000-10)
Call sign meaning
"Bug Country"
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID110
ClassA
ERP1,400 watts
HAAT206 meters (676 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
43°8′28.2″N 75°1′47.5″W / 43.141167°N 75.029861°W / 43.141167; -75.029861
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live
Websitewww.bugcountry.com
WBUG-FM
Frequency101.1 MHz
Ownership
Owner
  • Ken Roser
  • (Roser Communications Network, LLC)
History
First air date
March 1, 1991 (1991-03-01)
Former call signs
WLKO (1989–1992)
Call sign meaning
"Bug"
Technical information[2]
Facility ID72625
ClassA
ERP1,250 watts
HAAT219 meters (719 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
42°52′44.2″N 74°47′5.5″W / 42.878944°N 74.784861°W / 42.878944; -74.784861 (WBUG-FM)
Links
Public license information

WBGK (99.7 MHz) and WBUG-FM (101.1 MHz) are commercial radio stations simulcasting a country music radio format known as "Bug Country". WBGK is licensed to Newport Village, New York, and WBUG-FM is licensed to Fort Plain, New York. They are owned by Roser Communications Network, Inc. The signals of the two stations cover the Utica-Rome radio market as well as the Mohawk Valley.

Although WBGK is licensed to the village of Newport, New York, the license states "Newport Village" as the city of license. There is no city or village in New York State called "Newport Village".

History[edit]

WBUG-FM began on March 1, 1991, as WLKO, a locally produced simulcast with WBUG (1570 AM) in Amsterdam.[3] It became WBUG-FM on May 15, 1992.[4] WBUG's programming was also heard on WBGG (900 AM) in Saratoga Springs,[5] which carried a country format from August 1992[6] until becoming classic rock station WCKM in April 1994.[7] It was replaced with WLFH (1230 AM) in Little Falls, which had itself been a country music station.

The stations then broadcast the Real Country satellite classic country format from ABC Radio, and added WBGK at 99.7 FM in October 2000.[8] WLFH was later acquired by Clear Channel Communications and left Bug Country to join the "Sports Stars" network of WADR/WUTQ and WRNY. In 2004, WBUG left Bug Country to become talk-formatted WVTL, leaving WBGK and WBUG-FM as the only two stations in the Bug Country network. In November 2009, WBGK and WBUG-FM dropped Real Country and swapped it with a continuous automated selection of country Christmas music. After the holidays, their current format of mainstream country was launched and the station returned to local production. WBGK had been providing live play-by-play high school football games[8] but that ended in 2011.

On March 30, 2015, Roser Communications moved the studios of all their stations, including WBGK/WBUG-FM, to new facilities located at the Canal Park off Leland Avenue. Prior to this, Roser Communications had been leasing space at the Adirondack Bank building on Genesee Street.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WBGK". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WBUG-FM". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ "C'town gets new station". Freeman's Journal. March 13, 1991. p. 2. Retrieved July 15, 2024.
  4. ^ "Call Letter Changes". The M Street Journal. May 13, 1992. p. 5.
  5. ^ "New radio show offered". Freeman's Journal. October 19, 1993. p. 14. Retrieved July 15, 2024.
  6. ^ "Format Changes". The M Street Journal. July 22, 1992. p. 1.
  7. ^ "Format Changes & Updates". The M Street Journal. April 27, 1994. p. 1.
  8. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (October 23, 2000). "WNSS Gets Funny, Utica Gets Buggy, Dodge Gets Arrested". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved July 15, 2024.

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