WXUR

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WXUR
City Herkimer, New York
Broadcast area Utica, New York
Branding 92.7 The Drive
Slogan Central New York's Best Rock
Frequency 92.7 MHz
First air date 1986 (as WYUT-FM)
Format Classic rock
ERP 6,400 watts
HAAT 201 meters
Class B1
Facility ID 2761
Transmitter coordinates 43°3′50.00″N 75°1′44.00″W / 43.0638889°N 75.0288889°W / 43.0638889; -75.0288889
Former callsigns WYUT-FM (1986-1994)
Affiliations Westwood One
Owner Arjuna Broadcasting Corp.
Webcast Listen Live
Website 927thedrive.net

For the radio station that was run under these call letters under the ownership of Dr. Carl McIntire, see WRNB.

WXUR (92.7 FM, "92.7 The Drive") is a radio station broadcasting a classic rock format. Licensed to Herkimer, New York, United States, the station serves Utica, NY. The station is currently owned by Arjuna Broadcasting Corp. and features programming from Westwood One. The station is an affiliate of the syndicated Pink Floyd show "Floydian Slip."

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The station signed on as WYUT-FM on March 2, 1986, a simulcast of AM station WALY, which became WYUT in 1987, to match the call letters. On July 20, 1994, WYUT and WYUT-FM returned to the air after a 3-year hiatus and WYUT-FM changed its call sign to the current WXUR, while the AM became WNRS.[1] The station broadcast a satellite oldies format with Don Imus in the morning before switching to Active Rock and bringing in Bill Keeler to handle mornings. The station, which then adopted its current branding of The Drive, switched to Classic Hits then Adult Rock after Galaxy Communications, which formerly owned WRCK (Rock 107), took over WOUR, spun off WRCK to the Educational Media Foundation, and began programming WOUR from Syracuse. WXUR hired former WRCK (Rock 107) morning host Frank McBride to handle afternoons, returned the popular Bob & Tom Show (formerly on WOUR) to the market and also added former WOUR veterans Tom Starr, Rick Devoe and Alison to the line-up that already included market mainstay Jack Moran. Jerry Kraus, another market mainstay, when WOUR was broadcasting from Utica, joined the station for weekends in 2012. After Frank McBride's sudden death, WXUR completed the migration down the dial of the WOUR airstaff by hiring 'Genesee' Joe Trisolino to take over the afternoon show and Dave Phoenix, who is also WXUR's Senior Account Executive, to host the weeknight 7pm to Midnight slot.

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