WRUN, established in 1948 as WRUN, was last owned by Leatherstocking Media Group, Inc., and simulcast with WFBL in Syracuse until going off the air in 2013.
WUTI signed on April 24, 1948 as WRUN, under the ownership of the Rome Sentinel (Rome-Utica-Newspaper, RUN!). The Sentinel was concerned that the Utica-Rome area was not being served adequately by WIBX-AM, which, at the time the paper applied for the construction permit in 1946, had a 250-watt signal incapable of reaching Rome at night; in contrast, WRUN, with its 5,000-watt signal, would have more of a regional reach. (WIBX, which originally was at 1230 AM with 250-watts eventually relocated to 950 AM and upgraded to 5,000 watts.)
The Sentinel sold WRUN to Woods Communication Corporation in 1970; by then, it had a middle-of-the-road format, which evolved to a contemporary format by 1974. However, WRUN returned to MOR programming the following year. WRUN again changed its format in 1977, this time to top 40. The station was sold to WRUN, Inc. in 1978 and to Oneida Communications in 1985.
Forever Broadcasting bought the station in 1996. In the fall of 1997, the station began to relay sister country music station WFRG-FM. Forever sold its stations in the market to Regent Communications in 1999, and the following year, after a brief period simulcasting erstwhile competitor WIBX, WRUN began a adult standards format.
|WRUN Studios/Transmitter Oriskany, NY|
WUTI went off the air on May 23, 2013 after vandals stole the station's transmission line; at that time, the station was operating at reduced power, and had also been experiencing briefer interruptions due to unrelated technical problems with equipment used to receive programming from WFBL.
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