WNRS (AM)

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WNRS
City Herkimer, New York
Broadcast area Utica, New York
Branding 98.3 and 1420 AM The Fox
Slogan Good Time Oldies
Frequency 1420 kHz
Translator(s) 98.3 W252DO (Herkimer)
First air date WNRS: October 12, 1956 (1956-10-12)[1] (as WALY)
W252DO: December 2016 (2016-12)
Format Oldies
Power WNRS:
1,000 watts day
64 watts night
W252DO: 250 watts
Class D
Facility ID WNRS: 2760
W252DO: 60893
Transmitter coordinates 43°3′40.00″N 75°1′44.00″W / 43.0611111°N 75.0288889°W / 43.0611111; -75.0288889
Callsign meaning WiNneRS (previous format)
Former callsigns WALY (1956-1987)
WYUT (1987-1994)
Owner Arjuna Broadcasting Corp.
Sister stations WXUR
Webcast Listen Live
Website 983thefox.com

WNRS (1420 AM) is a radio station broadcasting an oldies format. Licensed to Herkimer, New York, United States, the station serves the Utica area. The station is currently owned by Arjuna Broadcasting Corp. and features programming from Westwood One. The station also simulcasts on translator station W252DO at 98.3 FM.[2][3]

History[edit]

The station went on the air as WALY in 1956,[1] often programming a full service music format. However on occasion, it would program other formats like top 40.[4] Eventually, the station settled for beautiful music programming.[5] On March 2, 1987, the station changed its call sign to WYUT to match its FM sister WYUT-FM, but signed off in 1991. On July 20, 1994, both WYUT and WYUT-FM returned to the air as WNRS and WXUR, respectively.[6] On June 26, 2009, Arjuna Broadcasting Corp. moved the Imus in the Morning show to WNRS from WXUR, which had just flipped to an active rock format.

On March 5, 2010, WNRS lost its ESPN Radio affiliation to Galaxy Communications station WTLB. Adopting the brand "The Fox," WNRS retained Imus, brought in Premiere Sports, added syndicated programs, The Dan Patrick Show and The Jim Rome Show, for middays, and simulcast WBBR (Bloomberg Radio) in afternoon drive until sunset. (WNRS is believed to be the only AM station to use the "The Fox" branding.)

On March 4, 2013, WNRS dropped its Premiere and Bloomberg affiliations and affiliated with The True Oldies Channel. Imus in the Morning was once again retained. When the True Oldies Channel ended in June 2014, WNRS retained its oldies format and changed its affiliation to Good Time Oldies, which had recently been launched by Westwood One.

On December 1, 2016, WNRS added a FM simulcast at 98.3, to cover areas not served by WNRS' nighttime signal.[7]

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