New York Radio and TV Station Photos from the John in Arizona Collection
The photos in the New York section are listed in alphabetical order by call letters. All photos are the property of John In Arizona and may not
be used in any form elsewhere.
WASB: 1590 Brockport came on the air in the early 1970's as WJBT. The call change to WASB was in 1984. The
station broadcasts from a four tower array along highway 31 near highway 19 as seen in this photo from 2010.
WASB Radio 1590 Brockport towers on Highhway 31 - 2010.
WBBF: 1120 Buffalo came on the air in 1947 as WWOL, changes to WHTT and WMNY happened before taking the old
Rochester call letters WBBF. This photo is of their tower along with the WHTT FM 104.1 tower as seen at the corner of Ridge Road
and Abbot Road in Buffalo in 2010.
WBBF Radio 1120 and WHTT FM 104.1 Buffalo tower - 2010.
WBEN: WBEN 930 Buffalo came on the air in 1930. BEN stands for the Buffalo Evening News. Studios for WBEN are
located along with WGR 550 and WWKB 1520 at 500 Corporate Parkway in Buffalo. The WBEN transmitter and towers are located on
Grand Island. This photo of the towers was taken in 2010 from the Mud River Marina.
WBTA: WBTA Radio 1490 studios are located at 113 Main Street in Batavia as seen in these photos from 2010. The
station serves the Genesee County area between Buffalo and Rochester with a soft adult contemporary format.
WBTA Radio 1490 Batavia 113 Main Street studios - 2010.
WCMF: WCMF FM 96.5 shares tower space with WPXY FM 97.9 as seen in this photo from 2010. The tower is located
along with others on Pinnacle Hill in the Brighton section of Rochester. They also share transmitter room space. WCMF was once
owned by Community Music Service, reflecting the "CM" in the call letters. Previously owned by CBS Radio, they are now owned by
Entercom Communications. WPXY FM has been a top 40 station since 1982. "98 PXY" is also owned by Entercom. Photos of the tower
and transmitters are from 2010.
WDOE: WDOE Radio 1410 Dunkirk came on the air in 1949 as WFCB. The WDOE call letters stand for "We Dunkirk On Erie."
Studios are located at 4561 Willow Road as seen in these photos from 2010. Along with WBKX FM, they are owned by Alan Bishop and
George Kimble. WDOE broadcasts from a 3 tower array located next to the station on Willow Road. The WDOE van was spotted in the
parking lot. See WBKX above for a photo of the KIX Country van.
WDVI: WDVI FM 100.5 Rochester is part of the Clear Channel Communications group with studios on the 17th floor
of the HSBC Plaza at 100 Chestnut Street. "100.5 The Drive" was formerly WVOR from 1979 to 2006. The photos are from 2010.
Rochester Clear Channel Communications Group studios - 2010.
WECK: Buffalo's 1230 started out as WNIA in 1956. Studios are located at 2900 Genesee Street as seen in these photos
from 2010. The station takes its name from Buffalo's Kummelweck roll. (Those Beef-on-weck sandwiches are mighty tasty!) WECK at one
time offered a MOYL (Music of your Life) format. They now have a news talk and sports format. The station has a rich radio history
in Buffalo. More information about WECK can be found on the internet.
WECK Radio 1230 Buffalo 2900 Genesee Street studios - 2010.
WFXF: WFXF FM 95.1 "The Fox" Rochester has seen numerous call letters since coming on the air as WVBT in 1948.
WFXF is part of the Clear Channel Communications group with studios on the 17th floor of the HSBC Plaza at 100 Chestnut Street
in downtown Rochester. The studio photos are from 2010..
WFXF FM 95.1 Rochester Clear Channel studios - 2010.
WGRZ: Channel 2 Buffalo came on the air in 1954 as WGR-TV. The call letters were changed to WGRZ-TV in 1983.
Studios are located at 259 Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo as seen in these photos from 2010. The station is owned by Gannett.
WGR-TV was an NBC affiliate from 1954 until 1956 when it was briefly an ABC affiliate, returning to NBC in 1958. The photos are from 2010.
WGRZ TV Channel 2 Buffalo on air screen shot - 2010.
WHAM: WHAM 1180 Rochester is part of the Clear Channel Communications group with studios on the 17th floor of the HSBC
Plaza at 100 Chestnut Street. The station came on the air in 1922 and is the oldest surviving station in Rochester. (WHQ was the first,
but that station has been silent for many years). The WHAM call letters were suggested by George Eastman (Kodak founder) as he felt the
WHAM calls would make a good marketing brand. The studio photos are from 2010. The WHAM transmitter and tower are located on Brook Road
in Chili. WHAM's tower and transmitter building have been located on Brook Road for quite a few years. Here we have a photo from 2010
and one from 1972. White the trees have grown, the site remains unchanged over the years.
WHAM Radio 1180 Rochester Brook Road tower and transmitter building - 1970.
WHLD: WHLD Radio 1270 licensed to Niagara Falls came on the air in 1941. The station has seen numerous
formats over the years including a new talk format, Urban Inspirational and Gospel. As "Totally Gospel Radio Network" studios
were at 1420 Main Street in Buffalo as seen in these photos from 2010. Since August of 2010 the format is adult standards and
uses the "Swing 1270" slogan. It should be noted, this building was the location for WKBW-TV for many years and is next door
to the old WKBW Radio 1520 studios, see below.
WHTK: 1280 Rochester started out in 1947 as WVET and owned by "Veterans' Broadcasting Company" until 1961
when they bought WROC-TV from Transcontinent Television and changed the calls to WROC. The 1970's sales resulted in a call
change to WPXY, and then in the late 1980's the format changed to talk with a call change to WHTK standing for Hot Talk. In
2009 a sports format took to the air. WHTK 1280 Rochester is part of the Clear Channel Communications group with studios on
the 17th floor of the HSBC Plaza at 100 Chestnut Street.
WHTK Radio 1280 Rochester 100 Chestnut Street studios - 2010.
WINS: WINS 1010 New York rocked the city in the 1960s with
DJ Mad Daddy (Pete Myers). This aircheck from April of 1964 gives
you a brief display of what top 40 radio was like in the 1960s.
WINS 1010 New York April 1964 Mad Daddy aircheck.
WIVB TV: Channel 4 Buffalo started out in 1948 as WBEN TV as the first station in the market. It is also one of
the oldest stations in the United States. It was owned by the Buffalo Evening News. Operations were out of the Hotel Statler
until 1960 when they moved into the Elmwood Avenue building which was built for WBUF TV which had gone dark in 1958. In 1977 the
call letters were changed to WIVB. The station is located at 2077 Elmwood Avenue as seen in these photos from 2010. WNLO TV
Channel 23, CW for Buffalo, is also located in this building. The tower behind the station is used by WBUF FM 92.9 and WGRF FM
96.9. You'll find WIVB news vehicles around town covering news events. The screen grabs from WIVB are from 2010 including an ID
which is part of the 11 PM newscast open. The last two screen grabs show the WIVB news anchors, Don Postles and Jacaquie Walker
plus a newscast closing using kids holding up four fingers for channel 4. Note the Lin Media ownership logo.
WJYE: The tower supporting FM antennas for WJYE 96.1, WBLK 93.7, and WYRK 106.5 is located atop the Rand building
in downtown Buffalo as seen in these photos from 2010. The Rand Building was built in 1928 and at that time the tallest skyscraper
in Buffalo. Now the 3rd tallest building. George Rand started WGR radio and the WGR studios were located there. Today the Regent
Communications group of stations are there. On a historic note, the Rand building was built on the site of the old Olympic Theater
and was the inspiration for the Empire State Building.
WJYE, WBLK, and WYRK tower and antennas on the Rand Building downtown Buffalo - 2010.
WKBW: WKBW Radio 1520 Buffalo came on the air in 1925. The station was top 40 in the 1960's. At that time they
were located at 1430 Main Street as seen in this photo from 1970. Late in 1978 moving to 695 Delaware. The Main Street building
still stands today as seen in this photo from 2010. The call letters were changed to WWKB (see below).
Former WKBW Radio 1520 Buffalo 1430 Main Street studios - 2010.
WKBW TV: WKBW-TV Channel 7 Buffalo came on the air in 1958 as an ABC TV affiliate. Studios were originally
next door to WKBW Radio at 1430 Main Street. That building still exists, see WHLD Radio above. In 1977 studios were moved to
7 Broadcast Plaza in downtown Buffalo. WKBW-TV was at one time owned by Capital Cities Communications which later purchased
the ABC TV network. WKBW-TV was the first in the market with a satellite truck. A current truck is seen in the photo from 2010.
WKBW-TV is the "Official Station of the Buffalo Bills" as noted in the screen grab. The "Eyewitness News" slogan was used from
1970 until 2003, but after the change to "7 News" in 2008 they returned to "Eyewitness News." Anchors Keith Radford and Joanna
Pasceri are seen in the next screen grab from an 11 PM Newscast. The final screen grab is from a weekend news broadcast. I have
included another photo of a WKBW-TV live truck as seen during a snow storm in 2014.
WKBW TV Channel 7 Buffalo satellite truck in snow - 2014.
WKGS: WKGS FM "Kiss 106.7" Rochester is part of the Clear Channel Communications group with studios on the
17th floor of the HSBC Plaza at 100 Chestnut Street. This photo from 2010 shows their studio door.
WNED TV: Channel 17 Buffalo started out in 1953 as WBUF-TV which ended broadcasting in 1958. In 1959 Channel 17
became the second educational station in New York as WNED-TV. Studios are located at 140 Lower Terrace in downtown Buffalo as seen
in these photos from 2010. The 2010 screen grab is an example of their logo and ID.
WNED TV Channel 17 Buffalo on air ID screen grab - 2010.
WNLO TV: Channel 23 came on the air in 1987 as WNEW-TV as an educational station. In 2001 they combined
operations with WNED-TV and 23 became an independent station as WNLO-TV. The station is co-owned with WIVB (see above) and
studios are located at 2077 Elmwood Avenue.
WNYO TV Channel 49 Buffalo on air screen grab - 2010.
WROC TV: In 1949 Rochester's first TV station came on the air. WHAM-TV Channel 6. In 1954 WHAM-TV moved to
Channel 5 as part of a revision in FCC rules. In 1961 the call letters were changed to WROC-TV and a year later the station
moved to Channel 8. Studios have always been located at 201 Humboldt Street which was the home to WHAM Radio. These photos
show the building as it looked in 2010. The entrance area features one of the old cameras used by the station. Original WHAM
radio studios were located along the curved hallway. Those rooms are now used as offices. The WROC-TV news team is featured
on a large poster inside the entryway. The large television studio is filled with the set used for news broadcasts as seen
in the photo from 2010. The transmitter photo is from 2010. This is the digital transmitter, channel 45, currently used by
the station. (Virtual Channel 8). The transmitter building, tower, and antenna are located on Pinnacle Hill which is right
on the edge of Rochester and Brighton as seen in the photo from 2010.
WUFO: 1080 Amherst (serves the Buffalo market) came on the air in 1948 as WYSL. In 1961 WYSL moved to 1400.
In 1972 WUFO became the first radio station programming for the African-American community. Cleveland DJ Eddie O'Jay was the
first to air the rhythm and blues format. The WUFO call letters are actually part of the city, "bUFfalO." Studios are located
at 89 LaSalle Avenue as seen in these photos from 2010.
WUFO Radio 1080 Amherst 89 LaSalle Avenue studios - 2010.
WUHF TV: WUHF TV Channel 31 Rochester came on the air in 1980. They are the Fox affiliate for Rochester as noted
in this screen grab from 2010. Their transmitter, tower, and antenna are located on Pinnacle Hill as seen in this photo from 2010.
They broadcast on digital Channel 28, Virtual Channel 31.
WUTV Channel 29 Buffalo on air screen grab - 2010.
WVOR: WVOR Sunny FM 102.3 Rochester is part of the Clear Channel Communications group with studios on the
17th floor of the HSBC Plaza at 100 Chestnut Street. This photo from 2010 shows their studio door.
WWKB: WKBW Buffalo was started by Clinton Churchhill. The station started in 1925 on 1380 and moved to 1420 in the
late 1920's. In March of 1941 they shifted to 1520 with a new transmitter located in Hamburg using 50,000 Watts. The WKBW call letters
were changed to WWKB in 1986. Studios are located at 500 Corporate Parkway as seen in these photos from 2010. The WWKB (as well as
WGR Radio 550) transmitter and towers are located in Hamburg just south of Buffalo. Note the WKBW call letters are still on the
transmitter building along Big Tree Road as seen in these photos from 2010. The tower site has 6 towers, 3 used by WWKB 1520 and 3
by WGR 550. WWKB operates with a highly directional pattern to protect 1520 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There have been rumors that the
owners, Entercom, have reduced the power from 50,000 Watts down to 10,000 to save money. These photos of the tower site are from 2010
and have been taken from different angles. One can only wonder if the home owners along Victorian Drive are aware that the powerful
WKBW has been heard in far away places around the world. Being a DX'er, while stationed with the military in Spain, I once logged WKBW
1520 and received a verification for my efforts.
WWKB Radio 1520 Buffalo transmitter location in Hamburg - 2010.
WXXI: WXXI Radio and TV studios in Rochester are located at 280 State Street as seen in these photos from 2010.
WXXI AM broadcasts on 1370, WXXI FM is on 91.5, and WXXI TV is on Channel 21 (Digital 16). Starting out as WSAY on 1210 in 1936,
moving to 1240 in 1941, and then 1370 following WWII, the station was sold to WXXI in 1984. The WXXI AM 1370 control room photo
is from 2010. One of the station's vehicles is pictured next. WXXI TV Channel 21 broadcasts from this control room as seen in 2010.
The station is automated, and in addition to WXXI, the this is the control room for for other New York PBS stations. WXXI produces
PBS programming for nationwide broadcasting including programs for schools which airs on nearly 100 public TV stations nationwide.
Here's a photo of some of the tape decks in the master control room at WXXI TV. The WXXI TV and FM transmitters are located on
Pinnacle Hill. Their tower and antenna are part of the numerous others on Pinnacle Hill as seen in from 2010.
WXXI TV Chasnnel 21 and FM 91.5 Rochester tower - 2010.
WZNE: WZNE FM 94.1 "The Zone" Brighton broadcasts to the Rochester market with modern rock. This station started
broadcasting in 1997. Their transmitter, tower, and antenna are located on Pinnacle Hill as seen in these photos from 2010.