Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Syracuse Radio: WOLF Moves Down The Dial

The Central New York airwaves sound different after a major shakeup took effect Monday.

WOLF 105.1 FM , has moved down the dial to become WOLF 92.1 FM, the former signal of WSEN-FM. The country station first started broadcasting from the new position April 4 and informed listeners of the change on new website, 921fmthewolf.com.

The station said the music programming would stay the same, and all its on-air personalities, including local DJ Skip Clark and syndicated morning show Big D & Bubba, would remain on air.

WOLF 92.1 FM (25 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
According to syracuse.com, Family Life, a listener-supported Christian radio network based in Bath, N.Y., took over WOLF's old 105.1 signal as WCIS-FM on Monday. The 50,000-watt station launched Monday in Central New York, airing Christian music, Biblical teaching and "celebrating the Gospel" of Jesus Christ from Fulton to Cortland and from Oneida to Auburn.

WCIS 1051. FM (41 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
FLN (Family Life Network) also purchased 98.3 FM, a translator station, for a stronger signal in downtown Syracuse.

W252AC 983. FM (250 watts)
According to a press release, Family Life acquired former oldies station WSEN from Leatherstocking Media Group at the end of 2015. The company then entered an agreement with FoxFur Communications to exchange the station for 98.3 FM and WCIS in Syracuse, and one other station, WCIO 96.7 FM, covering Oswego County. Family Life also purchased Mix 106 in Oneida for a total of four signals in the CNY area.

Galaxy Communications incorporated staff and sound from the former WSEN last month to form a "superstation" on WZUN Sunny 102.1 FM. WSEN's golden oldies and classic rock 'n' roll format will now will be mixed in with the "classic hits" of Sunny, well-known in the Syracuse area for switching to Christmas music every year as a sponsor for Lights on the Lake during the holiday season.

"It's a very unique situation," Galaxy CEO Ed Levine said. "We've expanded our playlists to incorporate a tremendously wide variety of music. Plus, we preserved several jobs for some of Syracuse's best known radio personalities."

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