Infobox Radio station
name = WROW
city = Albany,
branding = "News/Talk 590 WROW"
airdate = 1947
frequency = 590
power = 5000
watts (day) 1000 watts (night)
class = B
licensee = 6 Johnson Road Licenses, Inc.
WAJZ, WFLY, WKLI, WYJB, WZMR
website = [http://www.wrow.com/ wrow.com]
WROW (590 AM, "AM 590 WROW") is a
radio stationbroadcasting to Albany, New York, with its tower in Glenmont, New York. The station is owned by Pamal Broadcasting(dba Albany Broadcasting) and runs a talk radioformat under the branding "News-Talk 590". The station is the CBS Newsaffiliate for the Albany market and airs local news updates every half-hour. WROW's main competitor in this region is 810 WGY.
WROW is historically notable for being the station which launched
Capital Cities Communicationswhich in 1985purchased the American Broadcasting Companyand became one of the largest media companies in existence at the time of that purchase.
WROW signed on in
1947when a startup company, the Hudson Valley Broadcasting Company, acquired the rights to the frequency. At the outset, the station had the Mutual affiliation, switching to ABC in 1950. The relationship with ABC was short lived as in 1954WROW took WTRY's CBS affiliation in order to get the rights to the CBS television affiliation for it's new start-up TV sister station WROW-TV (today's WTEN). In 1957, Hudson Valley Broadcasting became Capital Cities Television Corporation (later, Capital Cities Broadcasting in 1960, to reflect its increasing radio holdings including, WROW). The CBS affiliation has remained on WROW ever since though in 2001CBS's top-of-hour newscasts began to also be aired on sister station WKLI.
golden age of radiosoon ending, WROW decided to flip to a Top 40format (the first such attempt in the Capital District) in the late 1950s. Though initially successful, internal changes at Capital Cities led to WROW to be pushed to take on an easy listeningformat which it did around 1963. At this point, WROW signed on sister station WROW-FM (today's WYJB) which simulcasted the station, then began to "shadowcast" (delayed simulcast) WROW after the FCC forced such simulcasts to be broken up to stimulate FM. The combined signal of WROW and WROW-FM led to the station(s) being one of the more popular stations in the Capital District for most of the 1970s and 1980s.
1983, Capital Cities sold the WROW stations to Dot Broadcasting, a group of local broadcasters. Soon thereafter, WROW would be sold once again to another local ownership group. Through this, not much changed though the aging of the easy listening format led to a split of WROW and WROW-FM in 1991with WROW keeping the easy listening format. In late 1993, the WROW stations were bought by current owner Albany Broadcasting which put changes in both stations soon thereafter. In February 1994, WROW flipped to an all-news format by day with talk programming nights and weekends. Though a good idea on paper, the news format had low ratings and was a high expense format and in 1996the station flipped to its current talk format. A slow starter at first, the arrival for former WQBKhost and program director Paul Vandenburgh to identical positions in 1997 helped matters and made the station a formidable second talk station next to WGY.
In 2007, WROW began overhauling its programming. Vandenburgh left WROW in October 2007 to become part-owner of WGDJ, a station on WQBK's former frequency. Leaving along with Vandenburgh to WGDJ were the "Live from the Capitol" report with
Fred Dickerand the weekly interview show with Albany mayor Jerry Jennings. Mike and the Mad Dog, which had aired as WROW's afternoon show as a simulcast with WFAN, was dropped at this time as well.
WROW programs local programming in morning and afternoon drive. The station's morning show is co-hosted by
Steve van Zandtand Jackie Donovan, and the station's afternoon show is hosted by Sherman Baldwin. Various other local shows air on the weekends.
Syndicated talk shows on the station include:
*"The Glenn Beck Program"
The Radio Factorwith Bill O'Reilly"
Joey ReynoldsWeekend syndicated programs include Brian and the Judge, Lars Larson, and Bill Cunningham; the first two of which previously aired on weekdays. The audio feed of NBC's " Meet The Press" also airs one hour after the program is broadcast on Albany NBC affiliate WNYT (WROW airs the Westwood Onebroadcast). WROW also holds one sports play-by-playcontract, that of Siena Collegemen's basketball.
In the recent past, WROW has aired other daily syndicated shows including "
Brian and the Judge" (and its predecessor hosted by Tony Snow), Laura Ingraham, and a simulcast of the WFAN-based " Mike and the Mad Dog". Past local programming has included "Live from the State Capitol", now heard on WGDJ, "The Mark Williams Show," and "The Scotto Show," hosted by Scott Allen Miller.
* [http://www.wrow.com WROW's Website]
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