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WHYN
WHYN (AM) new logo.png
Broadcast areaPioneer Valley, Massachusetts
Frequency560 kHz
BrandingNewsRadio 560/98.9 FM WHYN[1]
Programming
FormatNews/talk
AffiliationsPremiere Networks
Fox News Radio
Ownership
Owner
WHYN-FM, WRNX
History
First air date
April 1941; 81 years ago (1941-04) (on 1400 kHz in Holyoke)
Call sign meaning
Holyoke and Northampton
Technical information
Facility ID55757
ClassB
Power5,000 watts (daytime)
1,000 watts (nighttime)
Transmitter coordinates
42°11′37″N 72°41′02″W / 42.19361°N 72.68389°W / 42.19361; -72.68389Coordinates: 42°11′37″N 72°41′02″W / 42.19361°N 72.68389°W / 42.19361; -72.68389
Translator(s)98.9 W255DL (Springfield)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitewhyn.iheart.com

WHYN (560 kHz "NewsRadio 560/98.9 FM WHYN") is a commercial AM news/talk radio station licensed to Springfield, Massachusetts. It serves the Pioneer Valley area of Western Massachusetts and is owned by iHeartMedia. Studios and offices are on Main Street in Springfield. The transmitter is on County Road in Southampton. WHYN operates at 5,000 watts by day, using a directional antenna, but must reduce power to 1,000 watts at night to avoid interfering with other stations on 560 kHz.

Programming

Weekdays begin with a local news and interview morning show with Jim Polito and John Baibak. That is followed by nationally syndicated talk shows including, Glenn Beck, The Financial Exchange, Clay Travis & Buck Sexton, Jesse Kelly, and Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Boston-based Howie Carr is heard weekday afternoons. Weekends feature shows on finance, law, home-improvement and religion (some of which are paid brokered programming). Weekend syndicated hosts include Bill Handel, Gary Sullivan, Bill Cunningham, Joe Pags, Ric Edelman and Sean Hannity.

Most hours begin with world and national news from Fox News Radio. WHYN partners with WGGB-TV and WSHM-LD's "Western Mass News" for severe weather coverage and storm closings.

The station also carries Springfield Thunderbirds hockey games.

History

Early years in Holyoke and Northampton

WHYN first signed on in April 1941, at 1400 kilohertz, with Holyoke, Massachusetts, as its original city of license.[2] It was owned by the Hampden-Hampshire Corporation,[3] whose owners also published the Holyoke Transcript-Telegram,[2] and its 250-watt signal primarily covered Holyoke and Northampton, Massachusetts, so its call sign represented Holyoke and Northampton. In 1949, it moved to AM 560, powered at 1,000 watts, located in Holyoke. It was a network affiliate of the Mutual Broadcasting System.[4]

WHYN added an FM sister station in 1947.[5] That station took the call letters WHYN-FM and mostly simulcast the AM station's programming.

Relocating to Springfield

In the early 1950s, WHYN-AM-FM moved to Springfield and became affiliates of CBS Radio in 1953, dropping Mutual programming. In 1953, television station WHYN-TV Channel 55 was put on the air (today WGGB-TV Channel 40).[6] Around 1960, WHYN-AM-FM began programming Top 40 music.

Over the years, WHYN was known as "Whyn (pronounced WIN) Radio." During the rock and roll era, some of its monikers included "Channel 56," "Radio Five-Six-Oh," "Five-Sixty W - H - Y - N," "Fun Five Sixty" and "The Big Fifty-Six." Many jingles (mainly produced by PAMS) reflected these ongoing themes. In the early 1960s, WHYN was the dominant Top 40 radio station competing with rival 1270 WSPR. WHYN's Top 40 sound was so popular, the station not only led in the Springfield ratings, but it was often in the top 10 in nearby Hartford, Connecticut. Some early airchecks of WHYN and its colorful disc jockeys (DJs) are at Northeast Airchecks and ReelRadio. In the 1960s, WHYN-FM ended its simulcast of AM 560 by switching to beautiful music.

Switch to AC and talk

Logo under the "NewsTalk 560" branding
Logo under the "NewsTalk 560" branding

WHYN continued as a Top 40 station until young listeners began switching to FM for contemporary music. Automated FM station 102.1 WAQY (branded "Wacky Radio") went on the air in 1972 and took some of WHYN's audience. Jim Rising (James Marshall) was WAQY's first program director (circa 1976) after it began live programming. Rising came over from WHYN, where he had been the station's morning host, to program WAQY. He brought along WHYN's Johnny (Bekish) Michaels to be one of the DJs on WAQY.

During the 1980s, WHYN transitioned to a more adult sound, airing adult contemporary music and adding more news and sports. WHYN was the Springfield radio affiliate for the Boston Red Sox until 2007 when 105.5 WVEI-FM (now WWEI) became the Red Sox home in Springfield. WHYN was also affiliated with ABC Radio. By the 1990s, WHYN was adding more talk programming and reducing its reliance on music, until it became a full-time talk station.

Ownership changes

The station has undergone several ownership changes over the years starting with the Daily Hampshire Gazette; Guy Gannett Broadcasting (no relation to the present-day Gannett Company) in 1967; Affiliated Communications (the broadcast division of The Boston Globe) in 1980; R&R Broadcasting (Robinson & Reece) in 1985; Wilks-Schwartz Broadcasting in 1987; Radio Equity Partners in 1994; and Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia, the current owner) in 1996.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Hampden-Hampshire Corporation (a consortium of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, the Holyoke Transcript-Telegram, the Greenfield Recorder, and the Springfield Newspapers) owned WHYN-AM-FM-TV. The stations were sold in 1967 to Guy Gannett Broadcasting. WHYN and WHYN-FM were sold to Affiliated Publications in 1980 while Guy Gannett retained WHYN-TV, which kept its original studio location and changed its call letters to WGGB-TV. The radio stations moved to downtown's "Marketplace" location, where their studios and offices remain, along with co-owned 100.9 WRNX, a country music station.

References

  1. ^ Station's Official Twitter Feed
  2. ^ a b "WHYN Takes the Air Despite Steel Shortage" (PDF). Broadcasting and Broadcast Advertising. April 28, 1941. p. 22. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  3. ^ "WHYN history cards" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1950 page 169
  5. ^ "Three Mass. FM Stations Stage Joint Dedication" (PDF). Broadcasting–Telecasting. December 1, 1947. p. 83. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  6. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1955 page 70