WNDR Syracuse Tribute


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.


WNDR Staff Christmas Party







WNDR Department Heads


On Air Personalities



The WNDR management published an album featuring many historical photos of the Central New York area and current WNDR employees..

WNDR Department Heads

Arthur C.

Kyle Jr., General Manager

N. L. Kidd,

Vice President and Treasurer

Melvyn M.

Silvieus, Commercial Manager

WNDR On Air Personalities

Bob Ehle, Disc


Bill Quinn,

Disc Jockey

Dan Leonard,

News Editor

Jim Cosgrove,

“The All Night Show”

WNDR Sports Personalities

Fred Jeske,

The WNDR “Timekeeper”

Glenn Williams

Hoffman, Sports Announcer

    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.

“Hooper” above shows twice as many people listening to WNDR as to all four other radio stations (call letters blocked out) combined.

WNDR Behind The Scenes


Patterson, Receptionist


Lansley, Traffic Manager

WNDR Engineers

John Rathbun,

Chief Engineer

Fred Schamu,


AM 1260 WNDR

Coverage Map (Circa 1955)

WNDR Programs

Wayne Schramm

(third from left) and his


Mountain Boys, who supplied live Western

music direct

from WNDR’s studios.

Jack Bailey

“Queen for a Day”



Fulton Lewis,


Announcer Aldo Ray in 1956..

Peter C. Cavanaugh on the air in 1959…




Dan Leonard and Jolly Rolly Fowler





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




WNDR Studio and Transmitter Site

Andrews Road, DeWitt,NY


1260 WNDR Air Composite (Part 1)


Dan Leonard  9-28-1961


Bobby Ryan  8-3-1968


Dave Laird  8-2-1968


In the mid 1960’s WNDR was 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 big teen audience. Many famous announcers began their careers at WNDR..

 Jim McKechnie (Sports)-1953  Don Bayley-1970
 Dusty Rhodes-1957  Jim Schaefer (News)-1970
 Aldo Ray-1956  Jim O’Brien-1970
 Peter Cavanaugh-1959  Happy Jack MacNamee-1970
 Windy (Wendell) Craig-1960  Don Bombard-1971
 Johnny Vann-1961  Glen Williams (News)-1971
 Dan Leonard-1961  Mary Jo Haverbeck (News)-1972
 Jolly Rolley Fowler-1961  Roy Taylor (Chief Engineer)-1975
 Terry Mann-1961  Gary Dennis-1975
 Bobby Dell-1961  Joe Galuski-1975
 Joey Reynolds-1961  Fran McGrath-1975

 Red Parton (News)-1961  

 The Flying Dutchman-1975

 Dick Snyder-1962  

 Super Steve (Steve Matela)-1975
 George Plavokis-1964  Jay Meyers-1980
 Dick Mastriano-1967  Barbara Gibbons (News)-1980
 Mack & Maude-1968  Marty Sandy-1980
 Dave Laird-1968  Joe Reid (Weekend News) -1982
 Howie Castle-1968
 Bobby Ryan-1968


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


    The WNDR ‘Tunedex’ music survey premiered in 1960. It became ‘The Sing-a-Long Survey’ in1966. The ‘All Hit Music’ survey debuted in 1971..

Click to see more Surveys




    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”.

AM 1260 WNSS is now a ESPN radio affiliate


   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.

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