|City||Albany, New York|
|Broadcast area||Adirondacks, Capital District, and upper Hudson Valley|
|Slogan||"Your Classic Rock"|
|Frequency||106.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||September 1967 (as WDKC)|
|Format||Classic rock (with mainstream rock lean)|
|Callsign meaning||Calls chosen for name (play on "picks")|
|Former callsigns||WDKC (1967-1971)
|Affiliations||New York Giants Radio Network|
(Capstar TX LLC)
|Sister stations||WGY, WGY-FM, WRVE, WTRY-FM, WKKF, WOFX|
WPYX (PYX 106) is a Classic Rock radio station licensed to Albany, New York and primarily serving New York's Capital Region, the Adirondacks, and surrounding areas. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. and broadcasts at 106.5 MHz at 15.5 kilowatts ERP from a non-directional antenna located from the Helderberg Mountains antenna farm in New Scotland.
Though billed as classic rock, WPYX plays a moderate amount of currents which puts it on a fringe alongside mainstream rock. Regardless of what format the station is filed under, WPYX is one of the longest lasting stations in the Capital District since it began on September 15, 1980.
Every December the station plays non-stop Christmas music from 1960-1990 and is dubbed 'iHeartChristmas Classics'.
The 106.5 frequency signed on in September 1967 as WDKC, operating as an MOR music station. It was owned by Kopps-Monahan Communications, Inc., owners of Top 40 powerhouse WTRY 980 (today's WOFX). In 1971, the call letters were changed to WTRY-FM. It continued as an MOR station during the day, but simulcasted WTRY's Top 40 format at night; returning to full-time MOR programming in 1972. In early 1973, the WTRY stations were sold, and WTRY-FM became WHSH, which then went to its first full-time rock format as the format was changed to a Top 40–Oldies hybrid with live DJs. The station was now known as "Wish" as well as "The Albany Stereo Giant" and "Your Albany Wish". Ownership automated the station a year later in 1974, and changed the format to Oldies. During Labor Day weekend, 1975, the format was flipped again, this time to beautiful music, while keeping the "Wish" nickname. The WHSH callsign supposedly meant "Herb Scott's Here", referring to Scott Broadcasting's ownership.
By 1980, there was an obvious hole for a mainstream album-oriented rock station in the Albany market, and the station flipped to its current format on September 15, 1980, changing its call letters to WPYX.
WPYX and WTRY went through several ownership changes which includes Scott Broadcasting of Pennsylvania, television personality Merv Griffin and Capstar Broadcasting (which was controlled by billionaire mogul Tom Hicks). In 1999, Capstar merged with another Hicks-owned company, Chancellor Media Corporation, to form AMFM Inc. In 2000, the stations were acquired by Clear Channel Communications (now known as iHeartMedia) when they merged with AMFM.
HD Radio operations
In 2005, WPYX upgraded to IBOC digital radio alongside the rest of Clear Channel's Albany stations. On August 17, 2006, WPYX began airing an HD2 channel with a deep tracks classic rock format, known as Vinyl Vineyard which was later replaced with a classic country format in August 2012.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WPYX
- Radio-Locator information on WPYX
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WPYX
- Aerial view of WPYX studios from Google Local