WGVA
WGVA AM-FM Logo.png
Broadcast areaFinger Lakes
Frequency1240 kHz
Programming
FormatTalk Radio
AffiliationsPremiere Networks
Westwood One
Fox News Radio
CBS Radio News
Buffalo Bills Radio Network
Syracuse Orangemen Radio Network
Ownership
OwnerGeneva Broadcasting Inc
WAUB, WCGR, WFLK, WFLR, WNYR-FM
History
First air date
1947 (75 years ago) (1947)
Technical information
Facility ID36290
ClassC
Power1,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
42°51′37″N 77°0′59″W / 42.86028°N 77.01639°W / 42.86028; -77.01639
Translator(s)106.3 W292FG (Geneva)
Links
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteFingerLakesDailyNews.com/96-1240-wgva

WGVA (1240 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Geneva, New York. The station is part of the Finger Lakes Radio Group, and is owned by Geneva Broadcasting, Inc.[1] WGVA and co-owned WAUB 1590 AM Auburn, New York, simulcast a talk radio format.

WGVA is powered at 1,000 watts, using a non-directional antenna.[2] Programming is also heard on 250 watt FM translator W292FG at 106.3 MHz.[3]

Programming

Weekdays begin with a news and information show hosted by Ted Baker. The rest of the weekday schedule is mostly nationally syndicated talk shows from Brian Kilmeade, Dave Ramsey, Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, Jared Dillian, Jim Bohannon and Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Weekends feature shows on money, health, the outdoors, home improvement, science, law, cars, travel and gardening. Weekend hosts include Rudy Maxa, Dr. Michio Kaku and Lee Habeeb.

WGVA and WAUB carry Syracuse Orangemen football and Buffalo Bills NFL football. Most hours begin with world and national news from CBS Radio News.

History

In 1947, WGVA first signed on the air.[4] It was owned by the Star Broadcasting Company. WGVA was originally powered at only 250 watts. But by the late 1970s, it got a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission to increase its daytime power to 1,000 watts, while keeping 250 watts of power at night.

Prior to the talk radio format that is in effect today, WGVA was a upbeat Top 40 radio station. It had a full-time team of disc jockeys and newscasters. The station played the big hits of the 1960s and 70s. But by the 1980s, the station switched to full service adult contemporary. Talk shows were added and over time, the station made the transition to all-talk.

References

  1. ^ "WGVA Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WGVA
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WGVA
  4. ^ Information from Broadcasting Yearbook 1961-1962 page B-110