|City||Buffalo, New York|
|Broadcast area||Buffalo, New York
Tonawanda, New York
Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls, Ontario
|Branding||Country 106.5 WYRK|
|Slogan||"THE Country Station"|
|Frequency||106.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||1946|
|Callsign meaning||Western New YoRK|
|Former callsigns||WADV (1946-1981)|
(Townsquare Media of Buffalo, Inc.)
|Sister stations||WBLK, WBUF, WMSX|
The 106.5 frequency first signed on as WBEN-FM in 1946. That station later moved to 102.5 and is now WTSS. After the move, 106.5 became WADV, an MOR/easy listening station. WADV was the first station in Western New York to air an FM stereo signal . WADV was sold in April 1981 to Stoner Communications which immediately changed the station to a country music format and adopted the call sign used today. The initial format was semi-automated, with airstaff added a few years later; as such, it was not immediately successful, as Ramblin' Lou Schriver-owned WXRL had been the city's heritage country outlet for over a decade by the time WYRK had adopted the format. WYRK received a major boost in popularity with country's massive shift in style in the early 1990s and embraced the new country sound.
WYRK, according to the Nielsen ratings service, is the most popular radio station in Western New York. WYRK remains a largely local operation, with the only known syndicated programs on the station being Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 on Sunday morning at 10 am and American Country Countdown on Sunday evening at 10 pm. It is currently owned by Townsquare Media.
WYRK began streaming its programming on the Internet in November 2006.
WYRK hosts three concert series each year. The longest-running is the Taste of Country that is held every year in June. This event held at Coca-Cola Field, it is celebrating its 16th anniversary in June 12, 2015 with performances by Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, Frankie Ballard, Canaan Smith and A Thousand Horses. Its recent series additions are acoustic concerts with one held in the fall and one held in the winter. These feature performances by up-and-coming national artists and can be seen at the UB Center for the Arts.
In 2013, WYRK hosted the Taste of Country June 14 with acts including Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Atkins, Gloriana & Jana Kramer.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WYRK
- Radio-Locator information on WYRK
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WYRK
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