WOKR
Broadcast areaEast side of Rochester
Frequency1310 kHz C-QUAM AM stereo
BrandingWOKR 1310
Programming
FormatClassic country
Ownership
Owner
  • Tim Stratton and Stratton Radio Broadcasting Company, LLC
  • (1310 FLX Radio, Inc)
WRSB, WDNY, WDNY-FM
History
First air date
April 5, 1997 (as WCGR)
Former call signs
WCGR (1997-1998)
WRSB (1998-2017)
Call sign meaning
homage to what is now WHAM-TV
Technical information
Facility ID88676
ClassB
Power1,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
42°53′20″N 77°19′9″W / 42.88889°N 77.31917°W / 42.88889; -77.31917
Translator(s)See § Translators
Links
WebcastListen live
Website1310WOKR.com

WOKR (1310 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a classic country music format. Licensed to Canandaigua, New York, United States, the station is owned by Tim Stratton, through licensee 1310 FLX Radio, Inc.[1]

History

The station went on the air as WCGR on October 14, 1997. On October 5, 1998, the station changed its call sign to WRSB;[2] it operated intermittently throughout the 1990s and 2000s.

The station was acquired by Genesee Media Corporation on June 8, 2013, at a price of $450,000. The station added high-quality C-QUAM AM stereo broadcasting in October 2013. It swapped call signs with its simulcast partner on August 1, 2017, taking on the call sign WOKR. The station formerly broadcast on 105.5 FM (W288CS), but Genesee Media Corporation sold the FM translator to Bluelight Communications for a price of $650,000, and launched an Urban/R&B station on the translator.

The 105.5 translator was replaced by Genesee Media Corporation by translator W258BH (97.5 FM).[3]

On September 21, 2017, WOKR changed formats from sports to talk and the 97.5 translator switched to a simulcast of sister station WRSB 1590 AM Brockport (which in turn flipped to Spanish).[4] The new format contained a collection of shows from Fox News Radio, Compass Media Networks, Bloomberg Radio and Radio America.

Logo used when it was a classic country station
Logo used when it was a classic country station

On November 12, 2018, WOKR changed formats to classic country and added FM translator W238DG (95.5).[5] An agreement to sell the station to Timothy Stratton (owner of WYLF) was struck in October 2019,[6] and consummated on March 1, 2020, at a price of $250,000.

As of 11pm, Sunday May 2, 2021, WOKR changed its format to classic hits and included a more local focus for the Canandaigua area, including more local news, weather and sports.

As of July 2022, WOKR returned to airing its classic country format. [7]

Translators

Broadcast translators of WOKR (AM) (Main Programming)
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info
W238DG 95.5 Canandaigua, New York 202662 250 49 m (161 ft) D 42°53′20″N 77°19′9″W / 42.88889°N 77.31917°W / 42.88889; -77.31917 (W238DG) FCC LMS

References

  1. ^ "WOKR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ "WOKR Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ "Bluelight Communications Bringing Another Urban to Rochester, NY".
  4. ^ New Talker Debuts in Rochester Radioinsight - September 21, 2017
  5. ^ WOKR Flips to Classic Country Radioinisght - November 19, 2018
  6. ^ "Station Sales Week of 10/18".
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott. "NorthEast Radio Watch 7/18/2022: NYC Doo-Wop Legend Dies". NorthEast Radio Watch. Scott Fybush. Retrieved 18 July 2022.