WCBA (AM)

WCBA
Broadcast area Corning, New York
Branding Fox Sports 1350
Frequency 1350 kHz
First air date 1948
Format Sports Talk
Power 1,000 watts day
37 watts night
Class D
Facility ID 19652
Callsign meaning W Corning Broadcasting A
Affiliations Fox Sports Radio
Owner William Christian
(Great Radio, LLC)
Sister stations WENI, WENY-FM, WENY, WENI-FM, WGMM

WCBA (1350 AM) is a radio station in the Elmira-Corning market of New York state. It broadcasts at 1000 watts day and 37 watts night on 1350 kHz from studios in South Corning, NY. It is a sports talk station.

History

The station signed on as Corning's second AM station prior to 1967, according to the obituary for John T. Horn, the longtime disc jockey known on the air as Jack Shane.

Dean Slack bought the station in 1977 and persuaded Horn, who started his career at WCBA 10 years earlier and was then a top personality at WENY, to return. "Dean and Jack" hosted the morning show on the adult contemporary station for 12 years.

In 1988, Slack signed WCBA-FM on the air, giving WCBA an FM presence in the market. The stations were simulcast early on and often were referred to in marketing as "The WCBA stations".

Slack sold the stations in 1990 to Eolin Broadcasting Inc., which was headed by former Gateway Communications television station manager Bob Eolin, his wife Dee, and Horn. Bob Eolin replaced Slack as morning-show co-host.

By the early 1990s, WCBA had established an Adult standards format, while the FM remained adult contemporary. The adult contemporary morning show aired on both stations.

In 1997, WCBA acquired its longtime rival and Horn's former employer (after his first WCBA tenure) WCLI when Eolin Broadcasting bought the station from Sabre Communications. A year prior to that, Eolin Broadcasting had bought WGMM.

In 2001, Eolin Broadcasting bought WENY and WENY-FM from White Broadcasting. At that point, Horn had become a part owner of all of the stations for which he worked in the market. He died unexpectedly in July 2002 at his summer home on Seneca Lake.

"Bob and Dee" hosted the morning show until they sold their stations a little more than a year later to Route 81 Radio, based in Hazleton, PA.

Following the collapse of Route 81 Radio, the station was sold to WS Media, LLC, a company controlled by William Christian of Vision Communications. After WHHO ceased operations in 2009, the station dropped its standards format in favor of the Fox Sports Radio Network. WS Media is in the process of swapping WCBA in exchange for WKPQ; WCBA will be transferred to Phoenix Radio, Inc. in the transfer.

Effective March 15, 2013, Great Radio, LLC (another company controlled by Christian) acquired WCBA for $6,000.

Alumni

Ray Stevens was one of the first announcers on WCBA when it first started up in 1948. He was also a court Judge in Painted-Post/Corning, NY, and was part owner and an undertake of Carpenter Funeral Home. At one time he also was a volunteer for "Hopeline." [1]

David 'Erick' Klein (see YouTube video 'WCBA 1350 Corning, New York')

References

  1. Grandson Tim Vogel

Coordinates: 42°06′59″N 77°02′24″W / 42.11639°N 77.04000°W / 42.11639; -77.04000


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