|City||Fulton, New York|
|Broadcast area||Syracuse area|
|First air date||1949-08-22 (as WOSC)|
|Power||1,000 watts day|
40 watts night
|Former callsigns||WOSC (1949-1988)|
|Owner||Sinan Mimaroglu and Craig Fox |
(Pathway Community Radio, Inc.)
WOSW (1300 AM) is a radio station licensed to Fulton, New York, United States. The station serves the northern suburbs of the Syracuse area, and is currently silent. WOSW is owned by Sinan Mimaroglu, through licensee Pathway Community Radio, Inc.
The station went on the air as WOSC on August 22, 1949. By the late 1960's, the station programmed a format of pop and easy rock music, local and Mutual network news, and popular local personalities such as Carl Dunn in the morning, Frank Dale, Bob Putnam, Pat Riley, and Dave Kramer throughout the day. Manager Robert Rooney kept the station glued to the local news events. During this time, the co-owned WOSC-FM became the first FM station to program rock and roll on FM in central New York. In 1972, recent SU graduate Peter McElvein took over the morning program and, later that year, attained the highest ratings in its history, fifth overall out of more than 15 Syracuse stations, although the station was 22 miles away from Syracuse. By the mid-1980's the station was briefly silent and then it returned to the air as WZZZ on June 19, 1988. On August 16, 2002, the station changed its call sign to WAMF, and again to the current WOSW on June 1, 2012.
During the time as WAMF, the station broadcast as an affiliate of Radio Disney. The format changed to classic country in September 2012, branded as "Real Country 1300." During this time, it was unknown whether or not the Real Country satellite network was being used. WOSW also carried NASCAR races from the Motor Racing Network.
In late June 2016, the station's format was temporarily changed to Country to facilitate a trade of sister station WOLF-FM with Family Life Network. This arrangement was required in order for the then-station owner to comply with the multiple ownership rule set forth by the Federal Communications Commission. Family Life temporarily simulcasted the station on its WOLF-FM until the consummation was completed in August 2017.
Effective August 21, 2017, Cram Communications sold WOSW to Pathway Community Radio, Inc. for $20,000. The transaction was largely a paper transaction as Craig Fox controls both companies; Sinan Mimaroglu, the other major stakeholder in the company, operates Armstrong Transmitter Corporation, which sells broadcasting equipment. The station went silent that day.
- "WOSW Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- "Fulton's New Radio Station WOSC Wins Public Acclaim In Formal Dedication Monday" (PDF). Oswego Palladium-Times. August 28, 1949. p. 12. Retrieved 2008-01-30.[dead link]
- "On The Air" (PDF). Oswego Palladium-Times. June 23, 1988. p. 6. Retrieved 2008-01-30.[dead link]
- "WOSW Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- Naughton, Peter (September 10, 2012). Fulton's WOSW flips to classic country. CNYRadio.com. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
- After Fine, FoxFur Takes Second Crack at Family Life Deal
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WOSW
- Radio-Locator Information on WOSW
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WOSW
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