|Branding||CBS Sports Radio 1360|
|Affiliations||CBS Sports Radio|
|WAAL, WHWK, WNBF, WWYL|
First air date
|July 15, 1947(as WKOP at 750)|
Former call signs
|750 kHz (1947–1950)|
|Power||5,000 watts day|
500 watts night
Public license information
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.
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. 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. In order to broadcast at night, WKOP obtained a construction permit to move to 1360 kHz, with nighttime broadcasts at 500 watts, and moved there in June 1950. Daytime power increased to 5,000 watts in 1955. WKOP launched WKOP-FM, which initially aired Rural Radio Network programming, in 1954; it also expressed interest in television, but the FCC denied its bid to add VHF channel 7 to the market in 1952.
Jarema became the controlling shareholder in 1961 when he purchased another 45 percent in the company from Altdoerffer. By 1972, the station was established as a country music outlet.
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. 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. 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. Fullman was convicted of arson and sentenced to three years in state prison.
Jarema was able to sell WKOP out of receivership to Southern Tier Broadcasters, Ltd., owned by Raymond Ross and Clark Cook, in 1977.
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". 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". 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".
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. Advertising revenue remained steady, while ratings ticked up slightly, though not enough to pull the station from last place in the market.
In 1992, WBNK dropped its business format, returned to country music, and reclaimed the WKOP call letters.
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. Wicks already owned three stations in the Binghamton market.
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. Citadel then filed to swap WKOP to Titus Broadcasting Systems in order to acquire that company's WINR a year later. The move was proposed as a swap of the two stations' frequencies, even though they aired the same programming; it never came to pass, with WINR being sold to Clear Channel Communications instead.
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. The oldies format was discarded in 2005, when WYOS became a progressive talk station.
In November 2006, WYOS adopted its present sports format, initially using programming from ESPN Radio. 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.