WMCR (AM)

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WMCR
WMCR Variety 101.1 1600 logo.png
CityOneida, New York
Branding"Variety 101.1 FM • 1600 AM"
Slogan"Oneida Madison County Radio"
Frequency1600 kHz
Translator(s)101.1 W266DJ (Oneida)
First air dateSeptember 26, 1956 (1956-09-26)
FormatOldies
Power1,000 watts day
20 watts night
ClassD
Facility ID70890
Transmitter coordinates43°5′4.00″N 75°41′35.00″W / 43.0844444°N 75.6930556°W / 43.0844444; -75.6930556Coordinates: 43°5′4.00″N 75°41′35.00″W / 43.0844444°N 75.6930556°W / 43.0844444; -75.6930556
Callsign meaningMadison County Radio
Former callsignsWONG (1956–1961)
OwnerLetitia and Robert English
(Towercast Media, LLC)
WebcastListen Live
Websitewmcramfm.com

WMCR (1600 AM) is a radio station licensed to Oneida, New York, United States. The station is owned by Letitia and Robert English, through licensee Towercast Media, LLC.[1]

History[edit]

The station signed on September 26, 1956[2] as WONG, owned by John J. Geiger;[3] it was transferred by 1959 to Madison County Broadcasting Corporation,[4] which changed the call letters to WMCR[5] on April 26, 1961[6] The station was sold to Chenor Communications in 1965,[7] and to Warren Broadcasting Company in 1969.[8]

At one time, the station simulcast with sister station WMCR-FM (106.3 FM, now WCIT-FM), which Warren signed on in 1972.[2] After co-owner Bill Warren died in 2005, his wife Vivian Warren maintained full ownership of the stations, but ultimately decided to sell in 2009 after receiving an offer from Leatherstocking Media Group.[9] Leatherstocking immediately announced plans to split the simulcast,[9][10] and did so on February 11, 2010, when WMCR began simulcasting WFBL, a talk radio station in Syracuse.[11]

On September 2, 2016, WMCR went silent. WMCR resumed broadcasting on July 21, 2017. Effective December 29, 2017, Leatherstocking Media sold WMCR to Towercast Media.

Translator[edit]

Broadcast translators of WMCR
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W266DJ 101.3 Oneida, New York 201474 250 D 43°5′4.00″N 75°41′35.00″W / 43.0844444°N 75.6930556°W / 43.0844444; -75.6930556 (W266DJ) FCC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WMCR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ a b Broadcasting Yearbook 1981 (PDF). 1981. p. C-161. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1957 (PDF). 1957. p. 188. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1959 (PDF). 1959. p. B-197. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  5. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1961-62 (PDF). 1961. p. B-111. Retrieved February 14, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "WMCR history cards" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1967 (PDF). 1967. p. B-111. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  8. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1971 (PDF). 1971. p. B-143. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  9. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (March 23, 2009). "ABC's Weber Murdered in Brooklyn". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  10. ^ Migdail-Smith, Liam (July 3, 2009). "WMCR radio changing as it stays the same". The Oneida Daily Dispatch. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  11. ^ "Local Radio Listeners Now Have a New Option". Madison County Courier. February 11, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2010.

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