|City||Lancaster, New York|
|First air date||1965|
|Power||5,000 watts day
2,500 watts night
|Callsign meaning||WX Ramblin' Lou|
|Owner||Estate of Ramblin' Lou Schriver
WXRL is an AM radio station located in Lancaster, New York, serving the greater Buffalo market. The station is owned and operated by the family of Ramblin' Lou Schriver, a well known local country music performer, under the name Dome Communications.
WXRL signed on in 1965 as WMMJ. The station had been founded by Stan Jasinski, a local media mogul known most famously for his polka broadcasts; polka has been a fixture of the station's format since its inception. When Jasinski shifted his focus to television and started up WUTV in 1970, he sold the radio station to Schriver, who has owned it ever since and installed what was then the first country music station in Western New York. When more modern country stations such as WYRK and WNUC started reaching the airwaves in the early 1990s, Schriver, like numerous other AM country stations, maintained a classic country format. Schriver died January 17, 2016 from heart failure; he was 86.
Local hosts include Ron Dombrowski, Matty K and Lynn Carol Schriver. Scott Cleveland was a longtime on-air personality with the station until his death in 2015, as was Ramblin' Lou Schriver himself.
Syndicated programs include the Renfro Valley Gatherin', Classic Country Today with Keith Bilbrey and "Country Music Greats" with Jim Ed Brown. WXRL is an affiliate of NBC News Radio, having picked up the network in 2012 after the cancellation of CNN Radio's service.
The station has the "Drive Time Polkas" show from 5 till 7 pm Monday thru Saturday and also devotes a large portion of its weekend programming to polka music.
The station also airs some local sports programming, predominantly from Lancaster High School.
This station does not stream on the Internet.
- Kunz-Goldman, Mary (January 18, 2016). Ramblin' Lou Schriver, soul of country music in WNY, has died. The Buffalo News. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
- Official WXRL Web site
- WXRL official Facebook page
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WXRL
- Radio-Locator Information on WXRL
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WXRL
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