Updated 5/6 at 8:30pm - SYRACUSE -- There was no programming on 105.1 by the end of Tuesday, as we were originally led to believe, but we have official confirmation that the station will simulcast WVOA's "Love Radio" format when it returns to the airwaves.
That's the word from Sam Furco, one of the new owners of WWDG. He tells CNYRadio.com the station should be powered back up "within the next few days. Most likely Friday."
The station has been silent since last Friday afternoon, when the $1.25 million sale of WWDG from Aloha Stations Trust to Foxfur Communications officially closed. Former owner Clear Channel, who had continued to supply programming for the station under Aloha, promptly terminated the Nova 105.1 format that had occupied the frequency since mid-2006.
Furco also tells CNYRadio.com that the WWDG call letters will also be changing, but he cannot yet say what the new calls will be, or when they will take effect. He promised to keep us updated, and we'll pass the news along when we get it. The WWDG calls were established when Clear Channel launched "New Rock 105 - The DOG." The calls remained unchanged when the station re-branded as Nova.
The decision to resume simulcasting WVOA could be viewed as a "full circle" for the DeRuyter-licensed 105.1 signal. You may recall (with the help of the CNYRadio.com Station Wiki) that WWDG was WVOA, from 1981 until 2001.
That's when Craig Fox (the first half of the namesake for Foxfur Communications) transferred the call letters to sister station 103.9FM/Mexico, presumably to keep the heritage calls in his possession before selling 105.1 to Clear Channel just a few months later.