WSNY

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WSNY
SunnyLogo.jpg
CityColumbus, Ohio
Broadcast areaCentral Ohio
Frequency94.7 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingSunny 95
Programming
FormatAdult contemporary
Ownership
OwnerSaga Communications, Inc.
WLVQ, WNND/WNNP, WVMX
History
First air date
November 11, 1948 (as WVKO-FM)
Former call signs
WVKO-FM (1948–1983)
Call sign meaning
We're SuNnY!
Technical information
Facility ID22339
ClassB
ERP22,000 watts
HAAT230 meters (750 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
39°58′16.0″N 83°01′40.0″W / 39.971111°N 83.027778°W / 39.971111; -83.027778
Links
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteSunny95.com

WSNY (94.7 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station in Columbus, Ohio. It airs an adult contemporary radio format and is owned by Saga Communications, Inc. From mid-November until the Christmas holidays, WSNY switches to Christmas music. CBS Network affiliate WBNS-TV Channel 10 meteorologists supply WSNY with weather reports. The studios and offices are on Carriage Hill Lane in Columbus.[1]

WSNY has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 22,000 watts and can be heard throughout Central Ohio. The transmitter site is northwest of Downtown Columbus off Twin Rivers Drive near Interstate 670.[2] WSNY broadcasts in the HD Radio hybrid format.

History[edit]

WSNY's HD Radio Channel on a SPARC Radio with PSD.

On November 11, 1948, the station first signed on as WVKO.[3] Initially, it was a stand-alone FM station, not associated with any AM or TV station. It was owned by Skyway Broadcasting and had studios on South 3rd Street. It added a sister station in 1951, AM 1580 WVKO (now WWCD). Most of its early days, WVKO-AM-FM served Columbus' African-American community, with R&B music.

The station began broadcasting a soft adult contemporary format on August 6, 1982 when DJ Chuck Martin played The Beatles, "Here Comes the Sun" as the first song to launch "Sunny 95." It acquired the call sign WSNY to go with its Sunny branding.

Tom Collins, who consulted several Josephson International stations, was the Program Director who launched the new AC format for WSNY. The new jock lineup included long time Columbus radio personality Chuck Martin (from WVKO, WCOL) as morning host and Bob Simpson in afternoon drive time.[4][5]

Other notable personalities in the early Sunny 95 days include Bob Lewis, Bob Nunnally, Tony Michaels, and Perry Joos. Within the first year, legendary urban programmer Harry Lyles replaced Tom Collins as station Program Director. General Manager Steve Joos introduced computerized music research and an effective listener focus group program.

From the late 1990s through the 2010s, Dino Tripodis and Stacy McKay were the morning team, hosting "Sunny in the Morning with Dino & Stacy" for more than 20 years. In June 2018, Tripodis announced his departure from the station after 24 years on-air at WSNY.[6] The current morning team is "Bobby & Stacy."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sunny95.com/contact-sunny
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WSNY
  3. ^ Information from the Broadcasting Yearbook 1950 page 238
  4. ^ http://boards.radio-info.com/smf/index.php?topic=69180.msg498727
  5. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1982-08-28). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  6. ^ https://www.10tv.com/article/dino-tripodis-hangs-headphones-sunny-95-listen-his-last-show

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