5Saga Liberal Talk 1470 WNYY Ithaca NY will drop the format for Oldies on February 1.
In an interview with the Ithaca Times, General Manager Chet Osadchey stated that the move is due to lack of programming to fill out a schedule as only Alan Colmes, Thom Hartmann, and Stephanie Miller remain as many others have left syndication. Osadchey made sure to emphasize that it wasn’t politically motivated decision. No word yet if Saga’s additional Liberal Talkers in Bellingham WA, Brattleboro VT, and Springfield MA will make similar moves away from the format.
The move to Oldies at WNYY will coincide with the station moving to a new FM frequency. Its current translator 97.7 W249CD will be moving to 105.1 East Longmeadow MA as part of the 250 mile waiver period, while 95.3 W237DX East Liverpool OH will be moving to 94.1 Ithaca to replace it.