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Broadcast areaUtica-Rome, New York
Frequency96.1 MHz
Branding96.1 The Eagle
FormatClassic hits
AffiliationsCompass Media Networks
Premiere Networks
United Stations Radio Networks
First air date
August 1968 (as WKAL-FM at 95.9)
Former call signs
WKAL-FM (1968–1984)
WTCO (1984–1986)
WKAL-FM (1986–1988)
WFRG-FM (1988–1993)
Former frequencies
95.9 MHz (1968–1988)
Call sign meaning
ODZ = "Oldies" (previous format)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID72068
ERP7,400 watts
HAAT184 meters
Transmitter coordinates
43°8′39″N 75°10′45″W / 43.14417°N 75.17917°W / 43.14417; -75.17917
Public license information
WebcastListen Live

WODZ-FM (96.1 MHz), branded as "The Eagle", is a radio station broadcasting a classic hits format. Licensed to Rome, New York, United States, the station serves the Utica-Rome market. The station is owned by Townsquare Media as part of a cluster with news-talk station WIBX, classic rock-formatted WOUR, hot AC-formatted WLZW (Lite 98.7), and country-formatted WFRG (Big Frog 104).


WODZ-FM signed on in August 1968[2] as WKAL-FM, owned by Maurer Broadcasting Corporation and operating at 95.9 FM. The station originally simulcast its AM sister station, WKAL (1450 AM).[3] In 1977, WKAL-FM dropped the simulcast in favor of beautiful music.[4]

Maurer Broadcasting Corporation sold WKAL AM-FM to Wooster Republican Publishing Company of Wooster, Ohio in 1980.[5] In July 1984, WKAL-FM changed its call letters to WTCO,[6] and became a country music station, "Top Country." The following year, the station, along with WKAL, was acquired by Howard Green and Donald Simmons, owner of WENY AM-TV and WLEZ in Elmira and WOND and WMGM FM-TV in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[7] The new owners reverted the station's call letters to WKAL-FM on February 10, 1986,[8] and implemented a soft adult contemporary format.[9]

Target Communications bought WKAL AM-FM from Green and Simmons in 1987;[10] soon after taking over, on February 1, 1988, the call sign was changed to WFRG-FM,[11] and the station returned to country music, this time branded "96 Frog".[12] The new format was simulcast on 1450 AM, which also took the WFRG call letters[11] (save for a short time in the early 1990s when the AM station broke away to become oldies station WZLB);[13] in addition, the station moved to its current frequency, 96.1.[14] Target Communications eventually became Arrow Communications, which went into receivership in 1992,[15] and then in November 1993, WFRG AM-FM was purchased by Forever Broadcasting, owners of WIBX and dominant market leader WLZW.[2] Forever renamed the stations WODZ and launched an oldies format, with the country format and WFRG-FM call letters moving to 104.3 FM.[16] The simulcast on AM 1450 continued until May 1999, when that frequency was sold to the Bible Broadcasting Network and became WYFY[17] (it has since reclaimed the WKAL call sign). Forever sold its stations in the market, including WODZ-FM, to Regent Communications (the forerunner to Townsquare Media) several months later.[18] On January 2, 2015, WODZ shifted to classic hits and rebranded from "Oldiez 96" to "96.1 The Eagle."[19]


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WODZ-FM". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ a b Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-311. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1969 (PDF). 1969. p. B-117. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 (PDF). 1977. p. C-146. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 8, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. August 4, 1980. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "Call letters" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 9, 1984. p. 80. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. December 10, 1984. p. 92. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  9. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1987 (PDF). 1987. p. B-200. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  10. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 21, 1987. p. 74. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Call Letters" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 8, 1988. p. 114. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  12. ^ Herkimer, Matt. "Happy 24th Anniversary Jeremiah B. Frog! [AUDIO]". Big Frog 104. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  13. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1993 (PDF). 1993. p. B-250. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  14. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1989 (PDF). 1989. p. B-207. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  15. ^ "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  16. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1994 (PDF). 1994. p. B-259. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  17. ^ Fybush, Scott (May 14, 1999). "CBM Leaves 940". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  18. ^ Fybush, Scott (August 6, 1999). "Sales Galore!". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  19. ^ Venta, Lance (January 4, 2014). "WODZ Relaunches As 96.1 The Eagle". RadioInsight. Retrieved January 5, 2014.

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