|City||Bronxville, New York|
|Broadcast area||New York metropolitan area, Hudson Valley|
|Slogan||New York's Best Mix of R&B|
|Frequency||103.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1947|
|Format||Urban Adult Contemporary|
|HAAT||162.1 meters (532 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||W-New York's Best Mix|
|Former callsigns||WFAS-FM (1947–1974 and 1982–2014)
(Cumulus Licensing LLC)
|Sister stations||WFAS, WNSH, WABC, WPLJ|
WNBM (103.9 FM) is a radio station licensed to Bronxville, New York, USA, a suburb of New York City. Branded on-air as Radio 103.9, the station features an urban adult contemporary format and is owned by Atlanta-based Cumulus Media. WNBM shares studios with sister stations WABC (770 AM), WNSH (94.7 FM) and WPLJ (95.5 FM) above Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan, and its transmitter is based on the campus of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York City's northernmost borough.
WNBM signed on as WFAS-FM in 1947, licensed to White Plains, New York targeting the Westchester County, New York suburbs. The station was initially full-service, before shifting to an easy listening format. This would evolve into an adult contemporary format by the mid-1980s.
Addition of HD radio
In order to increase their reach of the New York market, as well as increasing the value of the station, in 2012 Cumulus applied to the FCC for a construction permit to move the station's tower location to the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and change the station's city of license to Bronxville to better target New York City itself. The permit was approved in mid-2013. Rumors on radio industry insider websites speculated that the station would flip to either urban contemporary (to compete against Emmis Communications' WQHT and WBLS and Clear Channel's WWPR) or modern rock (which would fill the format hole in the market after WRXP flipped to a simulcast of WFAN in November 2012). On Monday June 30, 2014, the station's on-air staff bid farewell. WFAS-FM signed off their White Plains transmitter on July 4 at Midnight, after a set of "goodbye"-themed songs, which ended with "Graduation (Friends Forever)" by Vitamin C (WFAS-FM would move their programming to the HD2 sub-channel of sister WPLJ, which replaced the True Oldies Channel after Cumulus announced the end of that network, which came a few days earlier). Later that day, at 9 AM, the new Bronx transmitter signed on, and 103.9 FM began stunting with a ticking clock. At 1:03 PM, Cumulus officially changed the format to Urban AC, branded as "Radio 103.9", under new call letters WNBM.
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- "HD Radio station guide for Greensboro–Winston Salem–High Point, NC". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
- WFAS-FM headed for New York
- "'Urban Adult' Station to Join New York Airwaves". The New York Times. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WNBM
- Radio-Locator information on WNBM
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WNBM
- A brief history and facility pictures