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"CNY Talk Radio"
"Your Home For Alternative Talk"
First Air Date: 1922
City of License: WFBL: Baldwinsville
WMCR-A: Oneida
WUTI: Utica
Arbitron Market: Syracuse (WFBL/WMCR-A)
Utica-Rome (WUTI)
Frequency: WFBL: 1390 kHz
WMCR: 1600 kHz
WUTI: 1150 kHz
Class: B
ERP: 5,000 watts day and night
Owner: Leatherstocking Media Group
Callsign Meaning: First Broadcast License
Request Line: (315) 421-WFBL
Business Office: (315) 635-3971
Mailing Address: 8456 Smokey Hollow Road
PO Box 1050
Baldwinsville, NY 13027


According to Wikipedia, WFBL's call sign stands for "First Broadcast License" because it was the first FCC-licensed radio station to sign on in central New York in 1922. The station changed signs to WLLF in October 1989, then less than a month later, to WFBL. Then in 1993, it became WDCW for a decade, reclaiming the heritage WFBL calls in 2003.

From May 1979 to October 1980, WFBL, then known as "Fire 14," used consultant Mike Joseph's Hot Hits format as a Top 40 competitor to 1490 WOLF-AM.
WFBL dropped "Hot Hits" in October 1980 in favor of the then-emerging adult standards format called Music of Your Life. The WFBL calls (and standards format) later moved to 1050 AM in Baldwinsville, New York (now WSEN-AM) before returning to their original home at 1390.
For a few years, WFBL was a talk radio station with a line up that very closely mirrored, with few exceptions, that of its sister station, WOR in New York City. This continued until April 7, 2008 at 6:00AM, when WFBL switched formats from "Talk Radio 1390" to "Oldies 1390."
The "Oldies 1390" incarnation featured music from the 1950s and 1960s. This was a complement to WSEN, which focuses on 1970s and 1980s hits. A handful of talk programs were retained, including Joey Reynolds and Steve Malzberg overnights and others on weekends.

On August 18, 2009, it was reported that James Johnson's Leatherstocking Media Group had purchased WFBL and clustermates WSEN AM & FM from Buckley Broadcasting, signaling Buckley's pending exit from the Syracuse market. Plans are for Leatherstocking to take control of the stations through an LMA effective September 1, 2009.

On October 12th, 2009 Leatherstocking Media Group flipped WFBL back to a talk format under the banner "CNY Talk Radio" with some similarities to the previous incarnation, notably Laura Ingraham. The schedule was filled out with programs from a variety of sources now that the stations were independent of Buckley and WOR. Leatherstocking also owns WMCR AM and FM and initially some WFBL programs were shared before WMCR-AM went to a full simulcast of CNY Talk Radio in early 2010.

On September 19, 2010, Bud Williamson of Digital Radio Broadcasting revealed to that his station, WUTI/Utica, would begin carrying the CNY Talk Radio lineup the following morning. Two days later, Leatherstocking Media issued a press release announcing that it had signed an agreement with Williamson to buy WUTI.

Programming Schedule


  • 12:00mid : Best Of Phil Valentine
  • 5:00am : First Light with Dirk Van
  • 6:00am : America's Morning News
  • 9:00am : Laura Ingraham
  • 1:00pm : Dennis Miller
  • 4:00pm : Fred Thompson
  • 6:00pm : Jason Lewis
  • 9:00pm : Phil Valentine
  • 10:00pm: Rusty Humphries


  • 12:00mid : Rusty Humphries
  • 1:00am : Phil Hendrie
  • 5:00am : First Light with Dirk Van
  • 6:00am : America's Morning News
  • 9:00am : Laura Ingraham
  • 1:00pm : Dennis Miller
  • 4:00pm : Fred Thompson
  • 6:00pm : Jason Lewis
  • 9:00pm : Phil Valentine
  • 10:00pm: Rusty Humphries


  • 12mid : Rusty Humphries
  • 1:00am : Phil Hendrie
  • 4:00am : Outdoor Talk Network with Jim Slinsky
  • 6:00am : Scott Linden
  • 7:00am : Classic Car Round-Up
  • 8:00am : The Car Guys
  • 9:00am : Around the Tracks
  • 10:00am : Watchdog On Wall Street
  • 1:00pm : The Money Pit with Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete
  • 3:00pm : Jim Blasingame
  • 4:00pm : The Larry Kudlow Show
  • 7:00pm : Cigar Dave
  • 9:00pm : The Other Side


  • 12mid : Phil Valentine (best of)
  • 6:00 : Sunday Morning Magazine
  • 7:00am : National Geographic Weekend Show
  • 9:00am : Learn & Laugh
  • 10:00am : Classic Car Round-Up
  • 11:00am : Motor Trend Magazine Radio Show
  • 1:00pm : Real Estate Today
  • 3:00pm : Meet The Press
  • 4:00pm : Money Talk
  • 7:00pm : TRN's Travel Show
  • 9:00pm : Dr. Michio Kaku and his Science Fantastic!

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Translators / Simulcasts

    • 1600 AM / WMCR / Oneida
    • 1150 AM / WUTI / Utica (CP: New Hartford)

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