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WIBX

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"Newsradio 950 WIBX"
"News First, News Fast"
WIBX(AM)
First Air Date: 1925
City of License: Utica
Arbitron Market: Utica-Rome
Frequency: 950 kHz
Class: B
ERP: 5,000 watts
HAAT: n/a
Owner: Townsquare Media
Callsign Meaning: Nothing
Website: wibx950.com
Request Line: Talk Shows: (315) 736-0186
Newsroom: (315) 272-2815
Business Office: (315) 768-9500
Mailing Address: 9418 River Road
Marcy, NY 13403


History

NOTE: This history has many gaps. Please feel free to edit as needed if you have any additional information not seen here.

According to Utica AM Radio History, WIBX signed on the air on December 5, 1925, after receiving its permit to operate that July. The station started in the Clark Building at 236 Genesee Street in downtown Utica. Like many early radio stations, WIBX was owned by a company that sold radios. At a date not mentioned in the article, WIBX eventually moved its studios to the Hotel Utica on Lafayette Street.

For most listeners, WIBX has been sitting at 950 on the AM dial for as long as they can remember. But the news/talker actually jumped around the dial a few times before finally settling in on its present-day frequency.

The photo gallery at Utica AM Radio History includes a picture of an old WIBX transmitter site with access "via Barnes Avenue," in the area known as the Utica Marsh. The gallery says when WIBX upgraded to broadcast at 5,000 watts day and night (but no date given), the station began transmitting from a new location at 8280 Clark Mills Road in Whitestown.

The WIBX studios moved to that same location in Whitestown (though we're not sure if it happened the same time the transmitter moved, or if the studio move came later). The building also housed WIBX's sister station on 98.7FM - with call letters over the years including WNYZ and present-day WLZW. Eventually, studios for other stations including once-rival WRUN, WFRG and WODZ would be moved into the building.

With five stations in a building originally designed for one, space became tight. Not long after Regent Communications purchased WIBX and its sisters from Forever Broadasting in 2000, planning started for a brand new, modern studio building with more office space and more production facilities. That new building opened in 2003 on River Road in Marcy, but the transmitter and towers remain on Clark Mills Road.

Programming

According to an archived CBS press release from 1974, WIBX has been a CBS News Radio affiliate since October 14, 1934.

Another longtime, locally-originated staple of the station's lineup is "SportsWatch." Former hosts have included Bruce Markussen, who now works at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown; Brad Davies, who is a host at KBME "790 the Animal" in Houston; Brent Axe, who now hosts a local talk show on Syracuse's ESPN Radio 1260 WHEN; and Adam "the Bull" Gerstenhaber, now working as a host at WFAN in New York City. WIBX is also currently (2009) carrying MRN and PRN Nascar race broadcasts.

Role in Heart Weekend

WIBX is often undercredited as the inspiration for what is now known as "America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk Weekend" in Utica. The very first Heart Radiothon was held in 1971, in memory of employee Ralph Allinger, who died of heart disease. The Radiothon continued every year, eventually supplemented by a memorial run, a number of shorter walk events, a health expo, and telethons conducted by local TV stations. The run/walk usually gets the bulk of the media attention these days.

WIBX was the very first station in the country to hold radiothons for the American Heart Association. Over the years, WIBX's success spurred other radiothons across the country, but as of 2008, WIBX was once again the only station in America holding a radiothon to benefit AHA.

Programming Schedule

Weekdays

  • 12mid : Jim Bohannon (Tues-Sat)/Dr. Dean Edell (Mon)
  • 1:00am : Coast to Coast AM
  • 5:00am : First News AM edition
  • 8:00am : First Look
  • 9:00am : Glenn Beck Show
  • 12:00noon : Rush Limbaugh
  • 3:00pm : SportsWatch
  • 5:00pm : 5:00 News Block
  • 6:00pm : Lars Larson
  • 8:00pm : Laura Ingraham
  • 10:00pm : Jim Bohannon

Saturdays

  • 12mid : Jim Bohannon
  • 1:00am : Coast to Coast Weekend with Ian Punnett
  • 5:00am : Doug Stephan's Good Day Show
  • 8:00am : Auto Talk with Ed Welsh
  • 9:00am : Speak Out
  • 10:00am : Kim Komando Computer Show
  • 1:00pm : Clark Howard
  • 4:00pm : Moneytalk with Bob Brinker
  • 7:00pm : Glenn Beck Weekend
  • 10:00pm : Art Bell Somewhere In Time

Sundays

  • 12mid : Somewhere In Time with Art Bell
  • 1:00am : Coast to Coast Weekend
  • 6:00am : Dialoge/CBS Week in Review
  • 7:00am : This Week In The Mohawk Valley
  • 8:00am : Polonaise with Julian Noga
  • 10:00am : Best of Sean Hannity
  • 1:00pm : Dr. Dean Edell or Nascar racing
  • 4:00pm : Moneytalk with Bob Brinker
  • 7:00pm : Best Of Lars Larson
  • 9:00pm : Dr. Dean Edell

Arbitron Ratings

Utica-Rome Ratings Information from StationRatings.com

Translators / Simulcasts

  • None

Ownership and Sister Stations

CNYRadio.com News Coverage

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