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City Hornell, New York
Broadcast area Canisteo Valley Area
Branding News First and Fast
Frequency 1480 kHz
Format Newstalk
Power 2,500 watts day
19 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 52841
Transmitter coordinates 42°17′15.00″N 77°38′47.00″W / 42.2875000°N 77.6463889°W / 42.2875000; -77.6463889
Affiliations Premiere Radio, Westwood One, ABC, FOX
Owner Estate of Kevin Doran
(Pmj Communications, Inc.)
Sister stations WCKR
Webcast Listen to WLEA
WLEA alternate feed
Website wlea.net

WLEA (1480 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a combined talk radio and oldies format. Licensed to Hornell, New York, USA, the station serves the Canisteo Valley area, and is a part of the Elmira Corning Radio Market The station is currently owned by Pmj Communications, Inc.[1] Pmj Communications was founded by Kevin Doran, who also hosted the station's morning show for a time in the 1970s, then again from the early 1990s until his death in 2015; his estate continues to own the company and sister station WCKR.[2] Previously, the station was owned by Charlie Henderson, who represented Hornell in the State Assembly (1956-1981).


WLEA signed on in 1948 at 1320 kHz; two years later, the 1320 slot was bought out by WWHG, later the now-defunct WHHO, necessitating the station to move to a new frequency. It was part of the Mutual Broadcasting System.

Programming heard on WLEA includes This Morning: America's First News, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Sean Hannity Show, Jim Bohannon, John Batchelor, a local interview show called "Newsmaker Show" and the "1480 Club", as well as local news updates, ABC News Radio and Fox News Radio.

WLEA is the broadcast home of the Hornell Dodgers team and also carries Hornell High School athletics (sister station WCKR carries Canisteo–Greenwood High School sports).


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