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City of license 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
Format Country
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 142 meters
Class B
Callsign meaning Western New YoRK
Former callsigns WADV (1946-1981)
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media of Buffalo, Inc.)
Website http://www.wyrk.com

WYRK is a country music formatted radio station located in Buffalo, New York. It broadcasts from the top of the Rand Building in Buffalo, where its studios are located on the 12th floor.

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, a standards station. WADV was the first station in Western New York to air an FM stereo signal [1]. 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.

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 and CMT Country Countdown USA. It is currently owned by Townsquare Media.

WYRK began streaming its programming on the Internet in November 2006.

On-air staff[edit]

Clay Moden, Dale Mussen and Liz Mantel (Breakfast Club) 5:30 am – 10 am
Brett Alan 10 am – 3 pm
Wendy Lynn 3 pm - 7 pm
Taste of Country Nights 7 pm – Midnight

Rob Banks 12 am - 3 am
Dean of Country 3 am - 5:30 am


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 hosts the Taste of Country June 14 with acts including Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Atkins, Gloriana & Jana Kramer.

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Coordinates: 42°53′10″N 78°52′23″W / 42.886°N 78.873°W / 42.886; -78.873