WINR
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Broadcast areaBinghamton, New York
Frequency680 kHz
BrandingUS 96.9
Programming
FormatClassic country
AffiliationsNew York Yankees Radio Network
Ownership
Owner
WBBI, WBNW-FM, WENE, WKGB-FM, WMXW
History
First air date
August 5, 1946
Former frequencies
1490 kHz (1946–1952)
Call sign meaning
WINneR (former branding)
Technical information
Facility ID67191
ClassB
Power5,000 watts day
500 watts night
Transmitter coordinates
42°06′53″N 75°51′16″W / 42.11472°N 75.85444°W / 42.11472; -75.85444
Translator(s)96.9 W245BV (Endwell)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websiteus969.iheart.com

WINR (680 AM, "US 96.9") is a radio station broadcasting a classic country format. Licensed to Binghamton, New York, the station is owned by iHeartMedia.[1]

History

WINR's logo as an adult standards station
WINR's logo as an adult standards station

WINR is Binghamton's second-oldest radio station, having commenced operations on August 5, 1946, as an affiliate of the NBC Radio Network and located at its original frequency assignment of 1490 AM. WINR was founded by the Southern Tier Radio Service, Inc., a firm owned by Donald W. Kramer (1907–1986), a Binghamton attorney who later served as that city's mayor from 1950 until 1957.[2][3][4][5] Early print advertisements for the station, such as in the Binghamton Press[6] and Broadcasting magazine[7][8] featured the likeness of locally raised thoroughbred Exterminator, winner of the 1918 Kentucky Derby who served as the inspiration for the WINR call letters ("WINneR").

In April 1951 the Federal Communications Commission granted WINR permission to relocate from 1490 to its present dial location at 680 AM; the move occurred in early 1952.[9][10] In August 1954 WINR was awarded a construction permit to build Binghamton's second television station, which became WINR-TV (channel 40) when it went on the air in November 1957.[11][12] Several months earlier in January 1957, Southern Tier Radio Service sold WINR and its channel 40 permit to the Binghamton Press, an arm of the then-Rochester-based Gannett Company newspaper chain.[13][14][15][16] Gannett split up the stations through separate sales in 1971: WINR radio was sold to a Mobile, Alabama-based broadcaster, while WINR-TV went to tower manufacturer Stainless, Inc., who changed that outlet's callsign to WICZ-TV.[17][18]

In recent years, WINR was host to the nationally syndicated nightly adult standards radio program "The Clinton Ferro Program" starring Clinton Ferro from 2000 to 2002. The show was syndicated in 82 markets nationwide until Ferro's passing in 2002.[citation needed]

On January 25, 2012, WINR changed their format from adult standards to oldies, branded as "Oldies 680". On April 11, 2013, WINR rebranded as "Oldies 96-9" after the station added an FM translator, W245BV (96.9 FM) in Endwell.[19]

On December 8, 2014, WINR changed their format to classic country, branded as "US 96.9".[20]

References

  1. ^ "WINR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "Station's call to be WINR". Binghamton Press. Binghamton, NY. May 11, 1946. p. 11. Retrieved June 16, 2020.(subscription required)
  3. ^ "New station goes on air Monday". Binghamton Press. Binghamton, NY. July 30, 1946. p. 3. Retrieved June 16, 2020.(subscription required)
  4. ^ "Kramer recalled as good mayor (pt. 1)". Press & Sun-Bulletin. Binghamton, NY. July 27, 1986. p. 1B. Retrieved June 16, 2020.(subscription required)
  5. ^ "Kramer recalled as good mayor (pt. 2)". Press & Sun-Bulletin. Binghamton, NY. July 27, 1986. p. 4B. Retrieved June 16, 2020.(subscription required)
  6. ^ "WINR Radio advertisement". Binghamton Press. Binghamton, NY. August 5, 1946. p. 12. Retrieved June 16, 2020.(subscription required)
  7. ^ "WINR Radio advertisement" (PDF). Broadcasting - Telecasting. August 5, 1946. p. 31. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "WINR Radio advertisement" (PDF). Broadcasting - Telecasting. September 2, 1946. p. 53. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  9. ^ "WINR given new outlet, power boost". Binghamton Press. Binghamton, NY. April 12, 1951. p. 3. Retrieved June 16, 2020.(subscription required)
  10. ^ "No title (Picture inset at top of page)" (PDF). Broadcasting - Telecasting. February 11, 1952. p. 32. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  11. ^ "FCC OKs UHF here, Elmira threat seen". Binghamton Press. Binghamton, NY. September 30, 1954. p. 3. Retrieved June 16, 2020.(subscription required)
  12. ^ "WINR granted ch. 40 at Binghamton, N.Y." (PDF). Broadcasting - Telecasting. October 4, 1954. p. 54. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  13. ^ "Press to buy WINR, push UHF television plans". Binghamton Press. Binghamton, NY. November 16, 1956. p. 3. Retrieved June 13, 2020.(subscription required)
  14. ^ "Press TV, radio bid is approved". Binghamton Press. Binghamton, NY. January 10, 1957. p. 1. Retrieved June 13, 2020.(subscription required)
  15. ^ "Press operating WINR, plans TV debut by July 1". Binghamton Press. Binghamton, NY. January 11, 1957. p. 3. Retrieved June 13, 2020.(subscription required)
  16. ^ "WINR, tv permit go for $165,000" (PDF). Broadcasting - Telecasting. November 19, 1956. p. 9. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  17. ^ "WINR-TV, radio stations are sold". The Evening Press. Binghamton, NY. July 30, 1970. p. 9B. Retrieved June 13, 2020.(subscription required)
  18. ^ "Changing hands–Announced" (PDF). Broadcasting. August 3, 1970. p. 32. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  19. ^ "Oldies 96.9 Binghamton Debuts".
  20. ^ Oldies 96-9 Binghamton Flips to Classic Country