WNED-FM
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Broadcast area
Frequency94.5 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingWNED Classical
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatClassical music
SubchannelsHD2: "Jazzworks" (Jazz)
Ownership
Owner
  • Buffalo Toronto Public Media
  • (Western New York Public Broadcasting Association)
History
First air date
June 6, 1960
(62 years ago)
 (1960-06-06)
Former call signs
  • WEBR-FM (1960–1971)
  • WBCE (1971–1973)
  • WREZ (1973–1975)
  • WEBR-FM (1975–1976)
Call sign meaning
same as WNED-TV
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID27669
ClassB
ERP94,000 watts
HAAT220.5 meters (723 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
42°38′15″N 78°46′06″W / 42.63750°N 78.76833°W / 42.63750; -78.76833
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen live
Websitewww.wned.org/radio/wned-classical-945/

WNED-FM (94.5 MHz) is a non-commercial radio station licensed to Buffalo, New York. WNED-FM offers a classical music radio format. It is owned by the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (formerly the Western New York Educational TV Association), doing business as Buffalo Toronto Public Media. The organization also operates PBS network affiliate Channel 17 WNED-TV and FM 88.7 WBFO (which offers a news/talk format and programming from NPR). While WNED-FM airs no commercials, it does conduct periodic pledge drives on the air to seek donations for the station. WNED-FM has local hosts in most day-parts, including weekends.

Programming on WNED-FM is simulcast on WNJA 89.7 FM in Jamestown, New York for listeners in Southwestern New York and some parts of Pennsylvania. WNED-FM's studios and offices are at Horizons Plaza on Lower Terrace in Buffalo, and the transmitter is off Zimmerman Road in Hamburg, New York.[1] WNED-FM and TV also maintain an office in Toronto for listeners and contributors in Canada.

Superpower status

WNED-FM is a grandfathered "Superpower" Class B FM radio station, operating at 94,000 watts. WNED-FM is one of three Buffalo superpower FM stations: 92.9 WBUF, 99.5 WDCX-FM and 102.5 WTSS. Under current U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules, Class B FM's are not allowed to exceed 50,000 watts ERP. WNED-FM at one time broadcast at 105,000 watts; however in 2012, it increased its antenna height due to "structural modifications" to the tower, at which time it also reduced its power.[2] WNED-FM's signal extends into Canada; as such, the station has listeners in Toronto and around the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario. However, WNED-FM may be difficult to tune in the Hamilton area, due to adjacent-channel interference from CHKX-FM 94.7.

History

WNED-FM first signed on as a commercial radio station on June 6, 1960, with the call letters WEBR-FM.[3] It was a sister station to WEBR (which at the time was at AM 970, a frequency now occupied by repeater WDCZ). On September 24, 1971, WEBR-FM was renamed WBCE; on May 21, 1973, it became WREZ, before returning to the WEBR-FM call sign on April 21, 1975.[4] In 1975, the Western New York Educational TV Association bought it and AM 970 WEBR, turning both stations into non-commercial operations. On August 14, 1976, 94.5 was renamed WNED-FM,[4] and the following year began offering a classical music format with Peter Goldsmith becoming music director there until his retirement in October 2009 (he died the following year).[5] WNED-FM, along with sister stations WBFO and WNED-TV, began collectively referring to themselves as "Buffalo Toronto Public Media" on February 4, 2020;[6] concurrently, WNED-FM amended its own branding from "Classical WNED 94.5" to "WNED Classical".[7] While the rebranding in part reflected WNED-TV's significant Canadian viewership and financial support, WNED officials told The Buffalo News that the organization's radio stations have minimal listenership in Canada.[6]

In 2017, in honor of the station's 40th anniversary, it created the Top Classical 40 voted by the listeners who picked Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 on top.[8][9] In October 2020, the station created its first ever ultimate Classical Top 100 playlist voted by the listeners with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 taking the top spot, a title it retained in 2021.[10][11]

Local programming

WNED-FM has an extensive music library, which allows the station to produce local programming for most of its broadcast day. It collaborates with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by JoAnn Falletta, who has her own weekday morning feature JoAnn's Classical Corner[12]) and other local ensembles as well as local school music departments.

HD Radio

WNED-FM operates in HD Radio. Its HD2 subchannel, which prior to November 2021 had carried a simulcast of WBFO, carries the JazzWorks network feed. JazzWorks had previously been heard on WBFO's subchannel before it launched an adult album alternative feed in its place in 2021.[13]

Repeater

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
WNJA 89.7 Jamestown, New York 71913 6000 230 m (750 ft) B 42°02′48″N 79°05′25″W / 42.04667°N 79.09028°W / 42.04667; -79.09028 FCC LMS

See also

References

  1. ^ WNED-FM Radio Station Coverage Map
  2. ^ CDBS Print
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 page C-139
  4. ^ a b "WNED-FM history cards" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  5. ^ WNED-F/Buffalo's Peter Goldsmith Dies|AllAccess.com
  6. ^ a b Pergament, Alan (February 4, 2020). "A brand change for Buffalo's public broadcasting stations embraces Canada". The Buffalo News. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  7. ^ "What is Buffalo Toronto Public Media?". WBFO. February 4, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  8. ^ Countdown to the 40th Anniversary - Buffalo Toronto Public Media
  9. ^ WNED Classical Top 40
  10. ^ WNED Classical Top 100 Vote 2020
  11. ^ WNED Classical Top 100 Vote
  12. ^ Enhance Your Experience - BPO
  13. ^ Adult Alternative Bridge Built In Buffalo Radioinsight - November 23, 2021