- WHAM (AM)
Infobox Radio Station
name = WHAM
area = Rochester
slogan = "WHAM 1180"
frequency = 1180 (KHz)
format = news talk
erp = 50,000
class = A
coordinates = coord|43|4|51|N|77|43|30|W|type:landmark
Clear Channel Communications
website = http://www.wham1180.com/
callsign_meaning = a clever marketing tool
WHAM is a
clear channel talk radiostation in Rochester, New York, owned by Clear Channel Communications. Its 50,000-watt transmitteris located in Chili, New York, and the station broadcasts on 1180 kHz.
The station first went on the air in 1922. The selection of the "WHAM" call letters came from a suggestion from industrialist
George Eastman(founder of the Eastman Kodak Co., based in Rochester). He thought the "WHAM" name would prove to be a clever marketing tool.
The station's 50,000-watt signal covers most of the eastern half of North America at night.
WHAM has ties to two of the city's television stations. It spawned the city's first station, WHAM-TV, in
1949; that station is now WROC-TV, the area's CBSaffiliate. In 2005, the area's ABC affiliate, WOKR-TV, changed its calls to WHAM-TV; Clear Channel bought the station in 2002and sold its entire television group to Providence Equity Partnersin 2007; the two stations still have a news partnership.
Founded by Jordan Barney, in 1922, WHAM has grown to become the dominant AM newstalk station serving Rochester and the Genesee Valley.
Like its Clear Channel sister stations, WHAM carries the standardized Clear Channel talker lineup of
Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savageand Coast to Coast AM. However, these programs do not necessarily air live or in their entirety. Only the first two hours of Beck are heard, Savage's program is heard on a two-hour delay, Hannity's show is aired in the late-night hours, and most notably, WHAM is one of only a few stations that even airs Limbaugh's show on a two-hour tape delay.
In addition to the syndicated programming, WHAM boasts a local morning news team, an afternoon news magazine, a midday talk show hosted by
Bob Lonsberry, and a sports talk show hosted by Rochester Democrat and Chroniclecolumnist Bob Matthews along with a rotating co-host, among whom are Marv Levy, Chuck Dickersonand Fred Smerlas.
* [http://www.wham1180.com/ WHAM 1180 Home Page]
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