Broadcast areaSouthern Tier
Frequency98.1 MHz
Branding98.1 The Hawk
AffiliationsCompass Media Networks
Westwood One
First air date
January 1956 (1956-01)
Former call signs
WNBF-FM (1956–1972)
WQYT (1972–1983)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Facility ID72373
ERP6,700 watts
HAAT395 meters (1,296 ft)
WebcastListen Live

WHWK (98.1 FM "The Hawk") is a commercial radio station in Binghamton, New York. It carries a country music radio format and is owned by Townsquare Media. Local disc jockeys are heard during the day on weekdays. Two syndicated shows are heard after 7 p.m.: Taste of Country Nights from Compass Media Networks, hosted by Evan Paul, and The Third Shift from Westwood One heard overnights. Current local staff include Glenn Pitcher, Traci Taylor, Jess Dallas and Buddy Logan.[1] It is regularly the highest ranking station in the Nielson ratings in the Binghamton radio market.

WHWK has an effective radiated power of 6,700 watts. The transmitter is off Ingraham Hill Road in Binghamton, amid the towers for other FM and TV stations in the region.[2]


In January 1956, the station first signed on as WNBF-FM.[3] It was co-owned with WNBF (1290 AM) and WNBF-TV (channel 12), which had operated a previous WNBF-FM on various frequencies (among them 100.5) from 1940 to 1952. The owner was Triangle Publications, which also put out the weekly magazine TV Guide. At first, WNBF-FM simulcast the programming on the AM station.

In the 1960s, WNBF-FM switched to its own beautiful music format. It played quarter hour sweeps of mostly instrumental cover versions of popular songs, as well as Broadway and Hollywood show tunes.

In 1972, as part of Triangle's dismantling, Stoner Broadcasting, based in Des Moines, bought WNBF-AM-FM. At the same time, Gateway Communications, the publisher of The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, bought WNBF-TV (now WBNG-TV).[4] Also in 1972, WNBF-FM changed its call sign to WQYT, representing its "quiet" format. In the 1980s, the easy listening music audience was aging while advertisers mostly seek young and middle aged adults. Management decided to make a change.

In January 1984, 98.1 switched to a country music format, calling itself "98.1 The Hawk". It switched its call letters to WHWK. Citadel Broadcasting acquired WHWK and its AM counterpart, WNBF.[5]


  1. ^ 981TheHawk.com/DJs
  2. ^ WHWK-FM 98.1 MHz, Binghamton, New York, retrieved 2020-11-23
  3. ^ Information from the Broadcasting Yearbook 1957 page 181
  4. ^ "End of an era" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 6, 1972. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  5. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2010 page D-375

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