WYOS
CityBinghamton, New York
Frequency1360 kHz
BrandingCBS Sports Radio 1360
Programming
FormatSports/Talk
AffiliationsCBS Sports Radio
Ownership
OwnerTownsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Binghamton License, LLC)
WAAL, WHWK, WNBF, WWYL
History
First air date
July 15, 1947 (1947-07-15) (as WKOP at 750)
Former call signs
WKOP (1947–1985)
WRSG (1985–1990)
WBNK (1990–1992)
WKOP (1992-2002)[1]
Former frequencies
750 kHz (1947–1950)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID7921
ClassB
Power5,000 watts day
500 watts night
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
WebcastListen Live
Website1360binghamton.com

WYOS (1360 AM) is the CBS Sports Radio affiliate in Binghamton, New York, United States, branded as "CBS Sports Radio 1360". It is currently under ownership of Townsquare Media.

History

WKOP

On December 17, 1946, the Federal Communications Commission granted a construction permit to The Binghamton Broadcasters, a group run by Andrew Jarema and Frank H. Altdoerffer, to start a new radio station on 750 kHz in Binghamton, to operate with 1,000 watts during daytime hours only.[1] The station made its debut as WKOP on July 15, 1947, from studios on the fourth floor of 34 Chenango Street; it was affiliated with the Mutual Broadcasting System.[2] In order to broadcast at night, WKOP obtained a construction permit to move to 1360 kHz, with nighttime broadcasts at 500 watts,[1] and moved there in June 1950.[3] Daytime power increased to 5,000 watts in 1955.[1] WKOP launched WKOP-FM, which initially aired Rural Radio Network programming, in 1954;[4] it also expressed interest in television, but the FCC denied its bid to add VHF channel 7 to the market in 1952.[5]

Jarema became the controlling shareholder in 1961 when he purchased another 45 percent in the company from Altdoerffer.[6] By 1972, the station was established as a country music outlet.[7]

In 1973, Jarema sold the station to Connecticut-based Royal Industrial Corporation, which in turn spun off the FM station, which became WAAL. Royal, however, missed payments on the purchase, and in October 1974, Jarema was appointed receiver and resumed management duties.[8] Just days after his appointment, WKOP sustained damage when a fire was set in the Weeks and Dickinson music store in which it had been housed since its launch.[9] The fire, it turned out, had a direct connection to the station: it had been started by a 21-year-old Johnson City man, Michael Fullman, who had briefly been a DJ as "Mike Eldredge" on WKOP in 1973.[10] Fullman was convicted of arson and sentenced to three years in state prison.[11]

Jarema was able to sell WKOP out of receivership to Southern Tier Broadcasters, Ltd., owned by Raymond Ross and Clark Cook, in 1977.[12]

Solid gold and business

Southern Tier Broadcasters sold the station to the owners of WAAL, Regional Broadcasters Group, in 1981 after receiving what Ross called "an offer we couldn't refuse".[13] Regional's ownership of WKOP was marked by changes in the Binghamton radio market. In 1982, WENE flipped to country and tried to make a run at WKOP; when rumors circulated that an FM station was about to join the format, WKOP decided to leave. On Christmas Day 1983, WKOP became oldies "K-Gold".[14] Ratings were poor, and listeners continued to associate the WKOP call sign with country music, so in December 1985, the station tried to solve two problems at once: it adjusted its music mix and changed its calls to WRSG, for "Rock Solid Gold".[15]

In the late 1980s, WRSG saw its ratings slide due to the adoption of an oldies format by an FM station. As a result, on October 29, 1990, the station flipped to a financial news format and adopted the call letters WBNK the next year.[16] Advertising revenue remained steady, while ratings ticked up slightly, though not enough to pull the station from last place in the market.[17]

Return to WKOP

In 1992, WBNK dropped its business format, returned to country music, and reclaimed the WKOP call letters.[18]

Regional Broadcasting opted to sell all four of its radio stations in 1996 to Wicks Broadcasting, which divested itself of two stations but kept the Binghamton pair of WKOP and WAAL.[19] Wicks already owned three stations in the Binghamton market.[20]

The 16 Wicks radio stations were sold to Citadel Communications for $77 million in late 1998, by which time WKOP was airing an adult standards format.[21] Citadel then filed to swap WKOP to Titus Broadcasting Systems in order to acquire that company's WINR a year later.[22] The move was proposed as a swap of the two stations' frequencies, even though they aired the same programming;[23] it never came to pass, with WINR being sold to Clear Channel Communications instead.[24]

WYOS

The WYOS call letters and the oldies format that accompanied them moved to 1360 AM when Citadel relaunched 104.1 FM as WWYL "Wild 104", airing a contemporary hit radio format, in February 2002.[25] The oldies format was discarded in 2005, when WYOS became a progressive talk station.[26]

In November 2006, WYOS adopted its present sports format, initially using programming from ESPN Radio.[27] In 2012, Cumulus, which had acquired Citadel out of bankruptcy, transferred WYOS and its other Binghamton outlets to Townsquare Media as part of a 65-station swap.[28]

References

  1. ^ a b c d FCC History Cards for WYOS
  2. ^ "The Southern Tier's New Radio Station WKOP Will Begin Operations Tuesday, July 15". Binghamton Press. July 12, 1947. p. 15. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  3. ^ "WKOP Will Begin Night Broadcasts At 1360 Tuesday". Binghamton Press. June 13, 1950. p. 5. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  4. ^ Cawley, Tom (March 10, 1954). "Matter of Fact". Binghamton Press. p. 25. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  5. ^ "FCC Denies WKOP Use Of Channel 7". Binghamton Press. April 15, 1952. p. 17. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  6. ^ "Jarema Gets Control Of WKOP". The Evening Press. June 8, 1961. p. 27. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  7. ^ Cowley, Tom (December 17, 1972). "Frank Dolan Is Hanging Up His Microphone". The Sunday Press. p. 1-B. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  8. ^ "WKOP Reins Back to Jarema". The Evening Press. October 25, 1974. p. 14-A. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  9. ^ Ayres, Bud (October 28, 1974). "Can't Guess Fire Loss Yet, Store Owner Says". The Evening Press. p. 5-A. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  10. ^ Scotti, Ciro (October 28, 1974). "Man Accused In Fire Among 42 Indictments". The Evening Press. p. 5-A. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  11. ^ "JC Man Guilty of Arson, Gets Up to 3 Years in Jail". The Evening Press. February 27, 1975. p. 5-A. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  12. ^ "Ownership Changes" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 3, 1977. p. 82. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  13. ^ Grey, Gene (August 21, 1981). "WKOP sold to WAAL-FM". The Evening Press. p. 3-A. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  14. ^ Maney, Kevin (February 19, 1984). "Radio stations keep shuffling". The Sunday Press. pp. 1A, 10A. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  15. ^ Grey, Gene (December 8, 1985). "WKOP gets new identity". Press & Sun-Bulletin. p. 1D. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  16. ^ Williams, Fred (December 24, 1990). "AM radio hitting a sour note". Press & Sun-Bulletin. pp. 8B, 7B. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  17. ^ Williams, Fred (May 1, 1991). "Business news station takes aim at rich niche". Press & Sun-Bulletin. p. 8B. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  18. ^ "Format Changes & Updates" (PDF). M Street Journal. July 8, 1992. p. 1. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  19. ^ "Radio Stations Being Sold". Latrobe Bulletin. Associated Press. September 10, 1996. p. 3. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  20. ^ Pina, Phillip (December 13, 1996). "Banks, broadcasters consolidate, relocate". Press & Sun-Bulletin. p. 10B. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  21. ^ Yorke, Jeffrey (November 27, 1998). "Citadel Buys 16 Wicks Stations For $77 Million" (PDF). Radio & Records. pp. 1, 16. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  22. ^ "Transactions" (PDF). Radio & Records. November 12, 1999. p. 8. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  23. ^ Grey, Gene (February 12, 2000). "Local radio stations may switch frequencies". Press & Sun-Bulletin. p. 1C. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  24. ^ "Elsewhere" (PDF). M Street Journal. August 9, 2000. p. 7. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  25. ^ Hare, Heather (April 9, 2002). "Oldies are goodies for CD 100's new format". Press & Sun-Bulletin. p. 1C. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  26. ^ Strauss, Gary (May 15, 2005). "Radio changes its tune to recapture listeners". Press & Sun-Bulletin. Gannett News Service. p. 5D. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  27. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 13, 2006). "Clear Channel Cuts Continue". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  28. ^ Venta, Lance (April 30, 2012). "Cumulus & Townsquare Swap 65 Stations". RadioInsight. Retrieved May 11, 2021.


Coordinates: 42°04′01″N 75°54′22″W / 42.06694°N 75.90611°W / 42.06694; -75.90611