Empire Broadcasting Corporation has taken its three AMs in the Albany NY market silent Telling the FCC, that after selling 101.3 WJKE Saratoga to Educational Media Foundation last November, the three remaining AMs in the cluster are not financially self-sufficient. THE LICENSEE RECENTLY SOLD ITS ONLY FM STATION. THE REMAINING AM STATIONS ARE NOT FINANCIALLY SELF-SUFFICIENT AND THE LICENSEE REQUESTS AUTHORITY FOR THEM TO REMAIN SILENT WHILE IT CONSIDERS PROGRAMMING AND OPERATIONAL CHANGES THAT MAY, WITH THE ADDITION OF AUTHORIZED FM TRANSLATORS AND A PROPOSED NEW FM TRANSLATOR, MAKE THEM A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS THAT CAN RENEW PUBLIC SERVICE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. After shuffling formats in March, Empire owns what was Business/Talk “Empire News Network” 1240 WPTR Schenectady, AC ...[Read More]
After selling AC “101.3 The Jockey” WJKE Stillwater NY to Educational Media Foundation last fall, Empire Broadcasting has relaunched the brand on 1160 WAIX Mechanicsville/106.1 W291BY Albany. The new version of the station, which is Hot AC, replaces AAA “106.1 The X” on those frequencies. WAIX previously featured a Hot AC format as “Mix 106.1” from 2014-2016. The AAA “106.1 The X” format is now heard on 900 WABY Watervliet replacing Adult Standards on that frequency. WABY holds a CP for a translator on 94.1 Clifton Park NY.
Empire Broadcasting launched AAA “106.1 The X” 1160 WAIX Mechanicville/106.1 W291BY Albany NY this morning. Positioned as “Albany’s Independent Experience”, the station will feature two local personalties: Flounder and Brad Berletic. SpotlightNews.com reports that Flounder has worked at multiple other stations in the Albany market, while Berletic is a relative newcomer after a mid-life career change. The AAA format replaces the combination of Bloomberg Business and Conservative Talk hosts Joe Pags and Mike Gallagher that WAIX/W291BY has aired for the past eleven months under “Empire News Network” branding. That format will continue on 1240 WPTR Schenectady.
Empire Broadcasting has flipped Hot AC “Mix 106.1” 1160 WAIX Mechanicsville/106.1 W291BY Albany and Sports “Sporty 1240” WPTR Schenectady NY to Business as “Empire News Network“. The three stations are carrying Bloomberg Business programming from 12am to 6pm daily and syndicated Conservative Talkers Joe Pags and Mike Gallagher in evenings. Both Pags and Gallagher have connections to the Albany market. Pags, under his given name Joe Pagliarulo was an anchor at WRGB-TV from 2002-2005. Gallagher spent many years in the 1990s at 810 WGY before moving to WABC New York and then syndication. WAIX/WPTR will carry Union College football and hockey which previously was only heard on WPTR.
Empire Broadcasting has shuffled the programming at its Albany, NY stations. After simulcasting Adult Standards “Moon Radio” on 900 WUAM Watervliet, 1160 WABY Mechanicville, and 106.1 W291BY Albany for the past month, 1160 and 106.1 have flipped to Gen X Hits “Mix 106.1“. Launching this past Thursday at 4pm after stunting with Gregorian Chants for a few days, the new format is positioning itself as “The Best Mix of the 80’s, 90’s & 2K” with a 90s centric playlist reminiscent of the format of the former “105.7 Crush-FM” that existed from January 2011 until September 2012. Prior to the beginning of June, the Adult Standards “Moon” format existed solely on 1160 WABY, while 900 WUAM and 106.1 W291BY simulcasted the au...[Read More]