|City||Baldwinsville, New York|
|Broadcast area||Syracuse, New York|
|Branding||92.1 The Wolf|
|Slogan||Syracuse's New Hit Country|
|First air date||1967 (as WSEN-FM)|
|Callsign meaning||The WOLF (station branding)|
|Former callsigns||WSEN-FM (1967-2016)
|Owner||Family Life Network
(Family Life Ministries, Inc.)
|Website||92.1 The Wolf Online|
WOLF-FM is a radio station serving the community of Baldwinsville, New York in the Syracuse, New York metropolitan area. The station is owned by Family Life Network, and is currently operating as a simulcast of WOSW, running a country music format branded as 92.1 The Wolf.
In 1967, the station began operations as a full-time country outlet as WSEN-FM. It was the sister station to WSEN 1050, one of the first country stations in the northeastern United States. Century Radio sold the stations in 1974.
On September 7, 1975, WSEN-FM began operating on a 24-hour basis continuing with a country music format hosted by Carl Knight from 1-6 a.m. The new 24 hour full-time programming lineup included: Bob Paris 6-10 a.m.; Daniel J. Dunn 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; "Uncle" Rob 2-6 p.m.; Les Howard 6-10 p.m.; Al Jenner 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
In 2011, as the oldies format drifted into classic hits, WSEN (at the time playing a 1960s/1970s mix of songs) split its simulcast: the FM side switched to a modern-leaning classic hits format centered on the 1970s and 1980s, while the AM side went for a "real oldies" approach featuring 1950s and 1960s music.
Acquisition by Family Life and trade with Craig Fox
In late 2015, the station was sold to the Family Life Network, a regional religious broadcaster, along with WMCR-FM and rights to WFBL. WSEN-FM's intellectual property (including all on-air programming and staff contracts) was sold to Galaxy Communications, who merged it with that of WZUN (which Galaxy reacquired in February 2016).
Family Life Network then promptly traded the 92.1 license to Craig Fox in exchange for the former WOLF-FM (105.1) in DeRuyter and WWLF-FM (96.7) in Oswego. WOLF's country music format was installed on 92.1 on March 29 at 5:00 p.m. The WSEN-FM call letters were swapped with Fox's WNDR-FM on April 6, 2016. The station adopted the WOLF-FM call sign on April 14, 2016.
On June 15, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) denied the trade and fined Foxfur and Wolf Radio $20,000 for violating the multiple ownership rule (because the companies' owner Craig Fox illegally operated eight licenses, where ownership limits in the market are seven).
In late June 2016, FoxFur filed a second request for the transfer of 105.1 and 96.7 to Family Life. However, because of the FCC's ruling, FoxFur ceased operation of WOLF-FM. The station's owner, Family Life, is temporarily operating the station as a simulcast of Fox's WOSW, which is itself broadcasting the original country music format that Fox installed on 92.1. As a result, WOLF is the only station in FLN's portfolio running secular programming. The transaction was approved in September 2016; the consummation of the transfer back to Foxfur is slated to occur simultaneously with Foxfur's pending purchase of WFBL in 2017 to ensure Foxfur remains under the ownership cap.
- "WSEN Trades Casey’s 70s Countdowns for the 80s | CNYRadio.com / CNYTVNews.com". Cnyradio.com. 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
- Syracuse's Wolf On the Move as Family Life Swaps Again
- Memorandum Opinion and Order and Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture - Federal Communications Commission
- FCC Denies Syracuse Station Swap; Fines Foxfur For Ownership Limit Violations - Radio Insight
- After Fine, FoxFur Takes Second Crack at Family Life Deal