WNDR Syracuse Tribute

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The WNDR Syracuse Tribute Page

     Originally named as “The Wonder Station”, WNDR began broadcasting in Syracuse, New York on a frequency of 1260 kilocycles in the month of August 1946. The studio and transmitter were located on Andrews Road in DeWitt, N.Y. WNDR was the fourth Syracuse AM radio station on the air. WSYR-WMAC AM 570 was first in Syracuse radio station on the air in 1922 and WFBL AM 1390 in 1924. WOLF AM 1490 began broadcasting in 1940, WAGE AM 620 in 1941, WQSR AM 1320, WSOQ AM 1220 and WPAW AM 1540 on the air by the early 1950’s. In 1959 WSEN AM 1050 went on the air with a country music format. WSEN radio was the first station north of the Mason-Dixon Line to plat country music. WNDR was one of the 300 affiliates to join The Mutual Broadcasting System network in 1946.

1946


WNDR, Onondaga Radio Broadcasting Corp.

FCC Construction Permit, September 16, 1946..



WNDR approved call, October 1946..


WNDR-FM 102.5 megacycle FCC Grant, October 2, 1946..

WNDR Staff Christmas Party

 

 

 

 

 

1947 WNDR QSL Verifications..



March 24, 1947..

August 1948..

March 1949..

1950..

1955

WNDR Department Heads

 

Arthur C. Kyle Jr., General Manager           N.L. Kidd, Vice President/Treasurer

Melvyn M. Silvieus, Commercial Manager


On Air Personalities

 

Bob Ehle / Bill Quinn

 

         Dan Leonard  /  Jim Cosgrove “All Night Show”


WNDR Sports Personalities

 

Fred Jeske, The WNDR Timekeeper  /  Glenn Williams


 

Jerry Hoffman /  Jim McKechnie

     Jim McKechnie was famous sports announcer for the Syracuse Nationals basketball franchise in 1953. The National road games were broadcast by tickertape, which was sent from the visitor’s court to the WNDR studios over a phone line. The National’s were sold and moved to Philadelphia in 1963,  McKechnie stayed on at WNDR.

   These great WNDR personalities combine to make WNDR Syracuse’s most colorful station. In the sample “Hooper-rating” above, Glenn Williams and Fred Jeske combine to put WNDR in a tie for first place (third column is WNDR) for largest share of audience at the morning’s most important time.


    Syracuse Nationals – (top row, left to right) Red Rocha, Jim Tucker, John Kerr, Earl Lloyd, Dolph Schayes;  (bottom row, left to right) Capt. Paul Seymour, Bill Kenville, Wally Osterkorn, Dick Farley, George King, Coach Al Cervi. Audience survey show that more people listen to WNDR’s broadcast of the “Nats” Basketball Games than any other radio show in Syracuse.


WNDR Behind The Scenes

 

Francis Patterson, Receptionist  /  “Mickey” Lansley, Traffic Manager


WNDR Engineers

 

John Rathbun, Chief Engineer / Fred Schamu, Engineer


1260 WNDR 1955 Coverage Map


WNDR Programs

Wayne Schramm )third from left) and his Ozark Mountain Boys


  

Left to Right, Jack Bailey “Queen For A Day” / Gabriel Heatter / Fulton Lewis, Jr.


Aldo Ray visits WNDR 1955..


December 1958..


Peter C. Cavanaugh in 1959

The 1960’s..

 

Dan Leonard and Jolly Rolly Fowler


   WNDR 1960’s Music Surveys. The WNDR ‘Tunedex’ music survey premiered in 1960. It became ‘The Sing-a-Long Survey’ in 1966.

 

  

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vumeter WNDR Bobby Ryan, August 1968 (29:46)

 

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WNDR Studios and Transmitter Site 1969

 

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vumeter WNDR Dandy Dan Leonard to Jack MacNamee, November 21, 1969 (17:23)

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December 20, 1969..


 


  In the mid 1960’s WNDR became Central New York’s number one pop music station until WOLF changed format from country music to top 40 in 1969 as they both competed for a 18-34 year old audience. Three decades of WNDR Air Personalities..

Classic 1968 WNDR Jocks Mug..

Jim O’Brien, Fran McGrath, Don Bombard, George Plavokis & Mike Andrews

  

The 1970’s

vumeter WNDR Don Bombard’s Saturday Night Oldies Show (a.k.a. Bob Shannon WCBS-FM) , 1971 (16:11)

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December 1971..


1973..

August 1975..

August 1977, Syracuse ARB..

June 1979..


1975 Air Personalities..


WNDR 1978 Control Room

The 1980’s -2017

    In the 1980′ WNDR ‘Musicradio’ was a solid gold oldies format. In 1989, the calls were changed to WNSS and the changed to an all news format “W-News”. In 1995, the WNDR call letters were assigned to FM 103.9 MHz in Mexico,N.Y., then changed to WVOQ in 1998. Currently, WNDR-LP, (W18AL), is a low power television station in the Syracuse area. AM 1260 WSKO is currently (2017) an E.S.P.N. Sports Affiliate.


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