|City||Syracuse, New York|
|Broadcast area||Syracuse metropolitan area|
|Branding||Fox Sports 1490|
|Frequency||1490 kHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||May 5, 1940|
|Transmitter coordinates||Coordinates: |
|Former callsigns||WNNR (April 1–October 23, 1989)
WNYR (October 4, 1988–April 1, 1989)
? (1981-October 4, 1988)
|Affiliations||Fox Sports Radio|
|Owner||Craig Fox (91,1%)
(WOLF Radio, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WMBO, WMVN (FM), WCIO|
WOLF (1490 AM) is a Sports formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Syracuse, New York, serving the Syracuse metropolitan area. The station is 91.1% owned by Craig Fox, who also owns several other radio and low-power TV stations in the state of New York. The WOLF broadcast license is held by WOLF Radio, Inc.
WOLF first signed on in Syracuse shortly after the start of World War II. Like all local-channel AMs, it was initially limited to only 250 watts of power. During the early 1960s it was permitted to raise daytime power to 1,000 watts, and increased night power to 1,000 watts a decade later along with nearly all other local-channel (class C) AM stations in the United States. It long programmed a personality popular music format, and for many years was highly competitive within its signal area with stronger regional (class B) signals from similarly formatted stations including WNDR and WFBL, although it was unable to achieve full metropolitan coverage especially after sunset.
Past radio personalities at WOLF include:
- Dick Clark
- Jim Sims
- Fred Winston (Chicago)
- Bud Ballou and Dale Dorman (Buffalo, Boston)
- Marv Albert and Don Bombard (New York City)
- Wendell "Windy" Craig (CBS Evening News)
On May 3, 1999, WOLF (alongside WOLF-FM and WKGJ) became the Radio Disney affiliates in the Syracuse metropolitan area. In June 2001, WBGJ started the simulcast of WOLF. On November 25, 2006, WAMF also started the simulcast of WOLF as result of the sale of the station to Craig Fox; although in October, the WAMF callsign was heard in the ID of Radio Disney stations in Syracuse.
In December 2013, WMBO dropped the WOLF simulcast and flipped to all-Beatles programming. On February 1, 2014, Radio Disney (as part of its phaseout of terrestrial broadcasting) canceled its affiliation with WOLF, which resulted in the station going off-the-air as it transitions to a new format, originally slated according to FCC filings to happen in August 2014. When the station returns, it may also have an FM simulcast on 93.9 FM; that broadcast translator license is held by Pathway Community Radio, one of Fox's numerous shell companies. WOLF was the last Radio Disney station not owned by the ABC, Inc. subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. As of January 2015, the station was still silent, but temporarily signed on with a simulcast of WNDR-FM to keep the station's license active.
On July 20, the station flipped to sports as the Fox Sports Radio affiliate on the area. The station broadcasts the national network lineup. Fox Sports Radio had previously been heard in the area on network owned-and-operated WHEN until late 2010.
- Christiano, Bob (2006-12-24). "Historical Look at WOLF 1490: The WOLF Story". The WOLF 1490 Tribute Site. pp. Part 1. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
- "WOLF(AM)". FCCInfo. Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc. 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
- Christiano, Bob (2006-12-24). "Historical Look at WOLF 1490: The WOLF Story". The WOLF 1490 Tribute Site. pp. Part 2. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
Listeners' Network ... bought WOLF in January 1981 from Deer River Broadcasting. In July of last year, WOLF switched from Top 40 to country and western format.
- Wolf Radio, Inc. (2013-12-16). "FCC 323: Ownership Report For Commercial Broadcast Stations - 20131216AAU". Retrieved 2014-01-20.
- "WOLF Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- North East RadioWatch: April 23, 1999
- North East RadioWatch: 1999 in Review
- North East RadioWatch: June 25, 2001
- Dark Days All Around
- Resumption of Operations - Federal Communications Commission
- CC Cutbacks in Rochester Claim Five Jobs - Fybush.com
- North East RadioWatch: 2006 in Review
- Naughton, Peter (September 10, 2012). Fulton's WOSW flips to classic country. CNYRadio.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
- All-Christmas “Holly-FM” stunting changes to all-Beatles format - CNYRadio.com
- WNDR’s Holly Gives Way To Beatles For Now - Radio Insight
- "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- WOLF goes dark - Radio Insight.
- Fybush, Scott (January 12, 2015). Salary Controversy Ousts Public TV Exec. NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved January 12, 2015. Fybush placed a free copy of this column on his Facebook account.
- WOLF-AM 1490 Relaunches as FOX Sports 1490AM in Syracuse - iHeart Oswego