Media in New York's Capital District

Media in New York's Capital District

The media in New York's Capital District is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy media market, which is the 56th largest in the United States,[1] includes all of the 11 counties of the Capital District, along with Hamilton County, New York, as well as Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Bennington County, Vermont. In total, there are 16 AM/MW stations, 30 full-power FM stations, 14 low-power FM translators, 8 full power analog TV stations, 5 low-power TV translators, and 8 full power digital TV (DTV) stations licensed to communities within 30 miles (48 km) of downtown Albany. In terms of broadcast media, Albany is part of Arbitron market #63 (radio), and Nielsen DMA #57 (television), and is a broadcast market with historical relevance. The pioneering influence of General Electric in Schenectady directly contributed to the area emerging as the birthplace of station-based television (WRGB) and one of the earliest FM broadcast stations (today's WRVE), in addition to the first federally licensed radio station in upstate New York, WGY.




The Albany Times Union is area's primary daily newspaper; its headquarters moved to suburban Colonie from Albany in the 1970s after a dispute with then-Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd over land needed for expansion. More localized are The Daily Gazette, which focuses primarily on Schenectady; the Troy Record, which focuses on Troy; The Post-Star, which focuses on Washington, Warren, and northern Saratoga counties; The Saratogian, which focuses on Saratoga County; the Amsterdam Recorder for Montgomery and Fulton County; the Gloversville Leader-Herald for Fulton County; the Register-Star for Columbia County; and The Daily Mail in Greene County. Metroland is the alternative newsweekly in the area, publishing each Thursday, while The Business Review is a business weekly published each Friday.


  • Adirondack Moneysaver (Shopper's Guide) - Saratoga County Free Shopper's Guide. Local Merchant Specials, Classifieds, Free non-profits.
  • Tuesday Edition (Community newspaper) - Family-oriented events in and around the Capital District.
  • Metroland (newspaper) - a free Alternative / Lifestyle weekly printed in Albany that publishes Thursday.
  • Legislative Gazette - covers New York State politics, based in Albany
  • Spotlight Newspapers - local news, events & classifieds printed in several different editions for select suburban towns in the Capital Region.
  • Community News - free news weekly printed by The Saratogian for residents in Southern Saratoga County.



WRGB has the distinction of being the very first affiliated station of the NBC Television Network. The Albany TV DMA is served by the following stations, providing programming from many of the English-language American broadcast television networks: WRGB-CBS, WTEN-ABC, WNYT-NBC, WXXA-Fox, WMHT-PBS, WCWN-CW, WNYA-MyNetworkTV, and WYPX-ION. All of these services, with the exception of WNYA, also have companion digital television transmitters serving the region. There are currently no local affiliates for any of the Spanish-language domestic broadcast television networks, however the national service of Univision is provided via cable TV. Local cable TV operator Time Warner Cable provides a 24-hour cable news television channel, YNN Capital Region (formerly Capital News 9; now covering Albany and Glens Falls). Christian television networks TBN and 3ABN are available via low-power translator service to the immediate metro area. Unlike many television markets around the country, TV stations from neighboring markets cannot normally be received in the greater Albany area due to distance and terrain.

Channel (Cable) Callsign Affiliation City of license Owner Notes
6 (6) WRGB CBS Schenectady, NY Freedom Communications DTV Ch. 39 (1806)
10 (10) WTEN ABC Albany, NY Young Broadcasting DTV Ch. 26 (1810); See also WCDC
13 (13) WNYT NBC Albany, NY Hubbard Broadcasting DTV Ch. 12 (1813)
15 (4) WNYA MyTV Albany, NY Freedom Communications Relay for WNYA Pittsfield
17 (11) WMHT PBS Schenectady, NY WMHT Educational Telecommunications DTV Ch. 34 (1811)
21 (21) WSSN ION Germantown, NY DTV Ch. 21
23 (8) WXXA-TV FOX Albany, NY Aloha Station Trust, LLC/
Newport Television
DTV Ch. 7 (1808)
45 (15) WCWN CW Schenectady, NY Freedom Communications DTV Ch. 43 (1815)
51 (4) WNYA MyTV Pittsfield, MA Venture Technologies Group Will flash-cut to DTV service
in or near Feb. 2009.
52 (370) W52DF TBN Albany, NY TBN O&O Translator for WTBY Poughkeepsie
Moving to Ch. 32 in 2009
58 (None) W58CX 3ABN Saratoga Springs, NY 3ABN Inc. Satellite fed low-power translator
Transmitter located in New Scotland NY
50 (20) WYPX ION Amsterdam, NY ION Media Networks DTV service only on UHF Ch. 50. Analog transmitter signed-off in 2007.

Time Warner Cable also provides a local 24-hour rolling news service to its subscribers, YNN Capital Region (formerly Capital News 9) on cable channel 9. Audio portion is simulcast in the Albany area via radio station WUAM, 900 AM.



In 1947, this region was also home to the first independently-owned and operated stand-alone FM radio station in the United States, W47A. In the early 2000s, the greater Albany market had the distinction of having the highest concentration of FM broadcast stations east of the Mississippi River. The Capital District has three local News/Talk radio stations, WGY, WROW, and WGDJ on the AM (MW) band. All feature a mixture of locally oriented and nationally syndicated programming. There are two Sports formatted stations: WOFX, local affiliate for Fox Sports Radio; and WTMM, local affiliate for ESPN Radio. Both stations provide local sports and sports-talk programming as well as national content. The FM dial is primarily made up of commercial music-formatted stations similar to those in other cities around North America, the largest of which include Pop music station WFLY 'FLY-92', Adult Contemporary WYJB 'B-95.5', Hot AC WRVE '99.5 The River', Rock station WQBK-FM 'Q-103', Classic Rock WPYX 'PYX-106', and Country music WGNA-FM 'Country 107.7'. Public radio broadcasting is available from two organisations: Northeast Public Radio serves the Capital Region via their flagship station WAMC-FM, and is the primary local affiliate for NPR network programming, and WMHT-FM is another local outlet that clears select NPR and PRI programming. WAMC focuses on News & Talk programming during the day, various music programs and BBC World Service programming in the evening, while WMHT-FM mainly provides Classical Music programming for most of their broadcast schedule. There are no radio stations in the Albany area that provide programming in languages other than English on a full-time basis. A few individual programs in languages including Spanish, Italian and Arabic are scheduled, primarily on college owned and operated stations.

AM stations

Frequency Callsign Format City Owner Notes
590 kHz WROW Adult Standards/Oldies Albany, NY Pamal Broadcasting CBS News
810 kHz WGY-AM News/Talk Schenectady, NY Clear Channel Communications Fox News Channel; Rush Limbaugh
Syracuse University sports, HD Radio.
900 kHz WUAM News Watervliet, NY Anastos Media Group simulcast of YNN Capital Region
980 kHz WOFX Sports Troy, NY Clear Channel Communications FOX Sports affiliate, UAlbany football & basketball
NY Mets baseball, NY Jets football. HD Radio.
1160 kHz WABY Adult Standards Mechanicville, NY Anastos Media Group  
1240 kHz WVKZ Oldies Schenectady, NY Anastos Media Group  
1300 kHz WGDJ Talk radio Rensselaer, NY Capital Broadcasting, Inc. ABC News, Siena College men's basketball
1330 kHz WHAZ Christian Troy, NY Capital Media Group  
1400 kHz WAMC NPR Albany, NY Northeast Public Radio Simulcast of WAMC-FM
1460 kHz WDDY Radio Disney Albany, NY The Walt Disney Company HD Radio
1540 kHz WDCD Christian Albany, NY Crawford Broadcasting  

FM stations

Frequency Callsign Format City Owner Notes
88.3 MHz WVCR-FM College/Variety hits Loudonville, NY Siena College  
89.1 MHz WMHT-FM NPR/Classical Schenectady, NY WMHT Educational Telecommunications  
89.7 MHz WRUC College Schenectady, NY Union College  
90.3 MHz WAMC-FM NPR Albany, NY Northeast Public Radio 2 services in HD Radio
90.9 MHz WCDB College Albany, NY University at Albany, SUNY  
91.5 MHz WRPI College Troy, NY Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  
92.3 MHz WFLY Contemporary Hit Radio Troy, NY Pamal Broadcasting  
93.7 MHz WYAI Christian Scotia, NY Educational Media Foundation Air 1 affiliate
94.5 MHz WYKV Christian Contemporary Ravena, NY Educational Media Foundation K-LOVE affiliate
95.5 MHz WYJB Adult Contemporary Albany, NY Pamal Broadcasting  
96.3 MHz WAJZ Rhythmic Contemporary Voorheesville, NY Pamal Broadcasting  
96.7 MHz WDCD-FM Christian Clifton Park, NY Crawford Broadcasting  
98.3 MHz WTRY-FM Oldies Rotterdam, NY Clear Channel Communications 2 services via HD Radio
99.5 MHz WRVE Hot Adult Contemporary Schenectady, NY Clear Channel Communications 2 services via HD Radio
100.9 MHz WKLI-FM Active Rock Albany, NY Pamal Broadcasting  
102.3 MHz WKKF Contemporary Hit Radio Ballston Spa, NY Clear Channel Communications 2 services via HD Radio
103.1 MHz WGY-FM News/Talk Schenectady, NY Clear Channel Communications Fox News Channel; Rush Limbaugh
Syracuse University sports
103.9 MHz WQBK-FM Active Rock Rensselaer, NY Townsquare Media Buffalo Bills football
104.5 MHz WTMM-FM ESPN Sports Mechanicville, NY Townsquare Media Albany Devils hockey
NY Yankees baseball
104.9 MHz WZMR Country Altamont, NY Pamal Broadcasting  
105.7 MHz WQSH 90s Hits Malta, NY Townsquare Media HD Radio
106.5 MHz WPYX Classic rock Albany, NY Clear Channel Communications NY Giants football
2 services via HD Radio
107.7 MHz WGNA-FM Country Albany, NY Townsquare Media HD Radio

Fringe FM signals which can be received in the Albany market include:

Frequency Callsign Format City Owner Notes
90.7 MHz WPGL Christian Pattersonville, NY Sound of Life Radio Simulcast on 94.9 Albany
91.1 MHz WHVP Christian Hudson, NY Sound of Life Radio  
91.1 MHz WSPN College Saratoga Springs, NY Skidmore College  
92.9 MHz WBPM Classic Hits Saugerties, NY Pamal Broadcasting  
93.5 MHz WZCR Oldies Hudson, NY Clear Channel Communications  
94.7 MHz WBAR-FM Christian Lake Luzerne, NY Capital Media Group Simulcast of WHAZ-AM
95.9 MHz WCQL Hot Adult Contemporary Queensbury, NY Regional Radio Group  
97.3 MHz WMYY Christian Schoharie, NY Capital Media Group Simulcast of WHAZ-AM
97.5 MHz WHAZ-FM Christian Hoosick Falls, NY Capital Media Group Simulcast of WHAZ-AM
97.7 MHz WEXT Adult Album Alternative Amsterdam, NY WMHT Educational Telecommunications  
97.9 MHz WRIP Adult Contemporary Windham, NY Rip Radio, LLC  
98.5 MHz WCTW Hot Adult Contemporary Catskill, NY Clear Channel Communications  
98.5 MHz WCKM-FM Classic Hits Lake George, NY Regional Radio Group  
100.3 MHz WKBE Modern Adult Contemporary Warrensburg, NY Pamal Broadcasting  
101.3 MHz WQAR Adult Contemporary Stillwater, NY Anastos Media Group  
101.7 MHz WNYQ Classic Hits Hudson Falls, NY Pamal Broadcasting  
101.9 MHz WJIV Christian Cherry Valley, NY Christian Broadcasting System  
102.7 MHz WEQX Modern Rock Manchester, VT Northshire Broadcasting  
103.5 MHz WQBJ Active Rock Cobleskill, NY Townsquare Media Simulcast of WQBK-FM
107.1 MHz WFFG-FM Country Corinth, NY Pamal Broadcasting  


  1. ^ "DMA Name: Albany-Schenectady-Troy". Backchannelmedia, Inc.. Retrieved 2009-05-19. [dead link]

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