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City of license New York City
Broadcast area New York City area
Branding "NewsTalkRadio 77 WABC"
"WABC Country" (HD2)
Slogan "Breaking News, Stimulating Talk."
Frequency 770 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date October 1, 1921
Format News/Talk
Classic Country (HD2)
Power 50,000 watts
Class A (Clear channel)
Facility ID 70658
Transmitter coordinates 40°52′50.00″N 74°04′11.00″W / 40.88056°N 74.06972°W / 40.88056; -74.06972
Callsign meaning W American Broadcasting Company
(former owner)
Former callsigns WJZ (1922–1953)
Affiliations ABC News
The Weather Channel
Real Country (Citadel) (HD2)
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
(Radio License Holding X, LLC, Debtor in possession)
Sister stations WPLJ
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wabcradio.com

WABC (770 kHz), known as "NewsTalkRadio 77," is a radio station in New York City. Owned by the Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, the station broadcasts on a clear channel and is the flagship station of Citadel Media (formerly ABC Radio Networks). WABC shares studio facilities with sister station WPLJ (95.5 FM) and former sister stations WEPN and WQEW at 2 Penn Plaza (above Pennsylvania Station) in midtown Manhattan, and its transmitter is located in Lodi, New Jersey.

Since 1982 WABC has programmed a talk radio format, and has been one of the most successful talk stations locally and in the United States. Many of NewsTalkRadio 77's hosts have now moved on to national syndication. The station also carries reports from ABC News. Before 1982, WABC broadcast a Top 40 music format, was the dominant music station in the New York City area, and served as a template for many other Top 40 stations in different cities.

NewsTalkRadio 77 is also known as The Station of the Nation, Breaking News & Stimulating Talk, and New York's 50,000 watt Beacon of Freedom. It serves as the flagship of nationally known talk-radio hosts Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, John Batchelor and Don Imus.

In January 2009, the station began simulcasting on WPLJ's HD3 sub-channel. In March 2009, WABC began carrying the ABC Radio Real Country network on its HD2 sub-channel as "WABC Country".[citation needed]





WABC made its first broadcast on October 1, 1921 as WJZ, owned by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and was based in Newark, New Jersey. The call letters stood for their original home state, New Jer(Z) sey. It was originally housed in a shack on the roof of the Westinghouse meter factory on Orange and Plane streets in Newark, accessible only by ladder. The station later expanded into the one available space downstairs.[citation needed]

WJZ started off on 360 meters (833 AM) and as one of the first stations to broadcast in the New York City area, was reluctant to share the frequency with other stations. WJZ later recommended that other frequencies be made available for broadcasting, and by 1923, WJZ had moved over to 660 AM. In that same year, WJZ shifted ownership from Westinghouse to RCA and changed its city of license from Newark to New York City. New studios were on the sixth floor of the building where the famed Aeolian Hall was located.

WJZ's first major program occurred on October 5, 1921, when it broadcast the 1921 World Series, but there was no play-by-play direct from the baseball stadium. Announcer Thomas J. Cowan in Newark simply relayed the description phoned from the ballpark by a newspaper reporter.[citation needed] Beginning on November 27, 1921, the Vincent Lopez band's weekly 90-minute show was aired.[1] On March 15, 1922, WJZ broadcast a studio performance of Mozart's Impresario, probably radio's first full-length opera. In October 1922, WJZ aired its second World Series, this time feeding it to WGY in Schenectady, New York.

Program logs from May 15 to December 31, 1923 reveal that WJZ aired 3426 programs, including 723 talks, 67 church services, 205 bedtime stories and 21 sports events. Most of the broadcasts were musical and ranged from Carnegie Hall and Aeolian Hall recitals to harmonica and banjo solos.

At the end of 1925, WJZ opened its new 50,000 watt transmitter from Bound Brook, New Jersey. However, it overwhelmed everything else on the air, and engineers visited homes in central New Jersey to deal with the complaints.[citation needed] As a result, WJZ didn't operate regularly at 50,000 watts until 1935.

NBC Blue flagship years

In July 1926, WEAF also became an RCA station and on November 15, 1926, both WJZ (then on 660 kHz) and WEAF (then on 610 kHz) were under the umbrella of the newly formed National Broadcasting Company.

On January 1, 1927, the NBC Blue Network debuted, with WJZ as the originating station. In October 1927, WJZ moved into NBC studios still under construction at 711 Fifth Avenue. A month later, WEAF joined WJZ - and both were together under one roof. In July 1928 the two stations changed frequencies, with WJZ moving to 760 kHz and WEAF taking over WJZ's old frequency of 660 kHz. On March 24, 1932, WJZ became the first radio station to broadcast a program from aboard a moving train; the station aired a variety show produced aboard a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad passenger train travelling through Maryland.[2] In November 1933, WJZ, WEAF and all of the NBC and RCA corporate headquarters moved to 30 Rockefeller Plaza. In 1941, the last major frequency change was made, with WJZ moving to 770 kHz and WEAF remaining on 660 kHz, the same two frequencies in use today (although under different call letters).

Over the years, WJZ and the Blue Network presented many of America's most popular programs, such as Lowell Thomas and the News, Amos 'n' Andy, Little Orphan Annie, America's Town Meeting of the Air, and Death Valley Days. Each midday, The National Farm and Home Hour brought news and entertainment to rural listeners. Ted Malone read poetry and Milton Cross conveyed children "Coast To Coast On A Bus," as well as bringing opera lovers the Saturday matinée Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts.

Occasionally, a show would premiere on NBC Blue, which had a weaker lineup of stations nationwide, and be shifted to the Red Network if it grew in popularity. Fibber McGee and Molly is one example.

Birth of ABC

In 1942, the FCC ruled that no broadcaster could own more than one station in a market. A year later, on October 12, 1943, WJZ and the NBC Blue Network were sold to Edward J. Noble, then the owner of WMCA. Technically, this spun-off network was simply called "The Blue Network" for little over a year.

On June 15, 1945, "The Blue Network" was officially rechristened the American Broadcasting Company, when negotiations were completed with George B. Storer, who had owned the defunct American Broadcasting System and still owned the name.

In November 1948, WJZ and the ABC network finally got a home of their own when studios were moved to a renovated building at 7 West 66th Street. On March 1, 1953, WJZ changed its call letters to WABC, after the FCC approved ABC's merger with United Paramount Theatres, Paramount Pictures' movie theater chain which, like the Blue Network, was divested under government order.

The WABC calls were once used previously on CBS Radio's New York City outlet, before adopting their current WCBS identity in 1946. Westinghouse, however, didn't let the WJZ call go forgotten. After acquiring WAAM-TV in Baltimore, Maryland in 1957, Westinghouse applied to change the calls to WJZ-TV in honor of its pioneer radio station.[citation needed] The FCC granted the unusual request (perhaps because Westinghouse was highly regarded as a licensee by both the industry and the FCC at that time), and the Baltimore TV station retains the call letters to this day.

WABC's first era (1953–1960)

Although WABC continued to air ABC programming during this time, WABC began using deejays playing recorded music. Some programs featured "middle of the road" mainstream pop and showtunes, while other portions of the schedule included long-form newscasts and dramatic programs, similar to the other network-owned stations in New York like WCBS and WNBC.

(This would continue until 1960, as the Musicradio 77 era formally began, but WABC was still required to carry ABC Radio's non-music and entertainment shows, including the long-running Don McNeill's Breakfast Club during the 10:00 a.m. hour, and a long-form news block in the afternoon-drive period. While this was not an issue prior to 1960, such commitments created a programming clash with the Top 40 format up until the network was dissected into four sub-networks in 1968.)

A hint of what was to come came in 1958–1959, when for a time legendary rock and blues disk jockey Alan Freed hosted a daily evening show on WABC which was formatically (sic) and musically like the early rock shows he had gained fame with on WINS. Freed's time at WABC ended when he was caught up in the investigation of the "payola" scandals of the era.

At different times in the pre-top-40 era famed comedian Ernie Kovacs and dean of early disc jockeys Martin Block were heard on the station.

The Musicradio 77 era (1960–1982)

Early years

Harold L. Neal, Jr. was named General Manager of WABC. Neal had been at WXYZ in Detroit. He was charged with making WABC successful in terms of both audience and profits. WABC committed to a virtually full-time schedule of top-40 songs played by upbeat personalities during the first week of December 1960. WABC's early days as a Top 40 station were humble ones. Top 40 WINS was the #1 music station and WMCA was also a formidable competitor, while WABC barely ranked in the Top Ten. Fortunately for WABC, the other Top 40 outlets could not be heard well in certain New York and New Jersey suburbs, since WINS, WMGM, and WMCA were all directional stations. WABC, with its 50,000-watt non-directional signal, had the advantage of being heard in places west, south, and northwest – a huge chunk of the suburban population – and this is where the station began to draw ratings.

Sam Holman was the first WABC program director of this era. Under Holman, WABC achieved #1 ratings in late 1962, when WINS and WMCA experimented with "softer" music.[citation needed] During 1963, both WINS and WMCA went back to pop Top 40 and WABC slipped a bit. By the summer of 1963, WMCA led the pack, with WABC at #2 and WINS slipping to third place.[citation needed] It has been said, but is difficult to verify, that WMCA dominated in the city proper, while WABC owned the suburbs. This would be consistent with WMCA's 5,000-watt directional signal, although WMCA had the benefit of a lower frequency than WABC.

Dominant years

Hal Neal hired Rick Sklar the program director. He would go on to become a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and be credited as one of the pioneering architects of the Top 40 format.

Under Sklar, the station went to the shortest playlist of any contemporary music station in history; the number one song was heard almost every hour. In his book Rockin' America, Sklar said he was sensitive to payola concerns and advanced airplay.

Through the years, WABC was known by various slogans, "Channel 77 WABC", then "77 WABC", and later "Musicradio WABC".[citation needed]

Early 1960s disc jockeys included Herb Oscar Anderson, Charlie Greer, Scott Muni, Chuck Dunaway, Jack Carney, and Bob Lewis, but the best known WABC DJs are the ones that followed them in the mid-1960s and beyond: Harry Harrison, Ron Lundy, Jim Nettleton, Jim Perry, Radio Hall of Fame members Dan Ingram and "Cousin Brucie" Bruce Morrow, Chuck Leonard, Bob Cruz, Frank Kingston Smith, Roby Yonge, George Michael, and Johnny Donovan. Also heard on WABC was sportscaster Howard Cosell.

Especially in the afternoons and evenings, WABC was the station that teenagers could be heard listening to on transistor radios all over the New York metropolitan area.[citation needed] Due to its strong signal, the station could be heard over 100 miles away—as far as the Catskill Mountains, Pocono Mountains and outlying areas of Philadelphia. WABC could be heard in the New London/Waterford area of Connecticut, but there was always a slight squeal in the signal due to the nearly 125 mile distance.[citation needed] It could also be heard well after sunset in Ontario, Canada (from Toronto, north to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron) well into the night and early morning hours on home and car radios.[citation needed] Bruce Morrow later spoke about how he felt an almost psychic bond to his young listeners.[citation needed]

A famous tape, or aircheck, of WABC from 1964 features some of the DJs speaking from a window of the Beatles' hotel room during the Fab Four's visit to New York City, while Dan Ingram, back in the studio, played WABC jingles to thousands of teenagers in the streets below, who enthusiastically sang along with them. Ingram later noted that this was actually illegal under FCC rules, but said that they didn't know it at the time. In the wake of the success of "W-A-Beatle-C" (as it was briefly called around the time of the Beatles' U.S. visit), competitor WINS finally dropped out of the Top 40 battle in 1965, adopting an all-news format. As a tribute to WABC, the television network also called itself "A-Beatles-C" whenever it promoted airings of Beatles-related films.

Just before the famous New York City power outage in 1965, Dan Ingram noted that the power was fluctuating and began having fun with the slowed-down music. After playing "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" by Johnathan King, he quipped it was played "in the key of R." Ingram then proceeded to run some recorded commercials and a portion of Si Zentner's "Up A Lazy River", backtimed to the news, while commenting on how everything seemed to be running slower than normal. After the 6 PM newscast, WABC left the air as the outage settled in for real. [1]

In the 1970s, WABC was either #1 or #2 consistently, often trading places with WOR. Once in a while, a station attracting an older audience (like WOR or WPAT) would move into the top spot, but these stations were not truly WABC's competitors.[citation needed] Chief competitor WMCA stopped playing top 40 music in 1970,[citation needed] WWDJ lasted from 1971 to 1974, and WOR-FM (later99X) came and went from 1968 to 1978. Other FM competitors like oldies station WCBS-FM, soul station WBLS, and album-oriented rock stations like WPLJ and WNEW-FM all did well in the ratings, but none rivalled WABC's success. AM competitor WNBC also never came close to WABC's audience during this period.[citation needed] Even though WNBC tried sounding younger, older, and somewhere in-between, WABC remained dominant.

WABC's ratings strength came from its cumulative audience, what the radio industry calls "cume".[citation needed] Most listeners didn't stay with WABC for long periods of time, as the station had some of the shortest "time spent listening" (or TSL) spans in the history of music radio—an average listener spent about 10 minutes listening to WABC. It was the price paid for a short playlist and a lot of commercials between songs (the large number of commercials being due to WABC's large audience), but what WABC lacked in TSL it more than made up for with its sheer number of listeners.

Fed up with the short playlist, Cousin Brucie left in August 1974 to defect to rival WNBC. Rick Sklar left in 1976 to become vice president of programming for ABC Radio, and assistant program director Glenn Morgan became WABC's program director.

The station's influence could be found in odd places: Philip Glass' 1976 opera, Einstein on the Beach, has as part of the background a recitation of WABC's DJ schedule in the 1960s.

Disco and the end of "Musicradio" WABC

The end of the 1970s found FM radio beginning to overtake AM music stations in most markets.[citation needed] In July 1978, WKTU, an FM station, abruptly dropped its adult contemporary format in favor of a disco-based top 40 format known as "Disco 92". By December of that year, WABC was unseated, as WKTU became the #1 station in New York City.[citation needed] The first "disco" ratings saw WKTU with 11 percent of the listening audience—a huge number anywhere, let alone in a market the size of New York City—and WABC dropping from 4.1 million listeners to 3 million, losing 25 percent of its audience practically overnight.[citation needed]

After this initial ratings tumble, WABC panicked and began airing extended disco mixes back-to-back. Some of the disco songs ran in excess of six, seven or eight minutes. What regular listeners heard was a major change in sound. The familiar format had disappeared - hit music, jingles, commercials - and as a result, WABC began to lose its identity. In the late spring of 1979, Billboard magazine reported that Rick Sklar had demoted program director Glenn Morgan to "moving carts" instead of making programming decisions. WABC's numbers dropped for four consecutive ratings periods.

On August 2, 1979, the Donna Summer disco hit "MacArthur Park" was playing during Dan Ingram's afternoon drive program. During the song, Howard Cosell interrupted to break the news to the world that New York Yankees catcher and team captain Thurman Munson had died in a plane crash.[citation needed]

In September 1979, Al Brady Law took over the station, and according to an account by DJ George Michael, Rick Sklar was removed from his oversight of WABC and was moved "upstairs." Law cut back the current songs slightly (though still playing the top song over a dozen times a day) and added more 1970s rock, some album cuts, and a few big 1960s hits. He also changed the presentation of the station. The goal was to increase the station's poor time-spent-listening, and for this, he desired a new direction.[citation needed]

Longtime DJs Harry Harrison, Chuck Leonard, and George Michael were gone that November. Dan Ingram moved to mornings, Bob Cruz moved to afternoons, and Sturgis Griffin joined for overnights, while Howard Hoffman did evenings. Hoffman was one of the first of the 1980s style of contemporary hit radio (CHR) DJs—heavy on brief phone bits from listeners and a sarcastic sense of humor, sounding "hip", as the future Z100 DJs would a few years later—but his ratings were merely okay, and he didn't stay long.[citation needed]

The time-spent-listening did improve, but WABC was still losing audience and they were under extreme pressure to regain lost ground. The station started to become more information-oriented, adding morning traffic reports by Shadow Traffic's Jack Packard (aka Bernie Wagenblast) on December 3, 1979. Al Brady Law left the station in the summer of 1980 as WABC added New York Yankees baseball games that all-news WINS was unable to air due to their coverage of the 1980 Democratic and Republican conventions. It was the first sign of the beginning of the end for the music format of WABC.

In the summer of 1980, Jay Clark took over WABC. By the fall, the station played current music that was more Adult Contemporary (AC) in sound, trying to appeal to a slightly older audience, as most younger listeners had moved to the FM dial. WABC still played rock and soul crossovers in moderation, but began to move away from album cuts and more toward 1960s and 1970s oldies. They also dropped the "Musicradio WABC" slogan and became "77 WABC, New York's Radio Station", the apparent implication being that the station was more than "just" music.

By early 1981, WABC's cumulative audience was down to 2.5 million—rival WNBC, a perennial also-ran, was by this time beating them with 2.9 million. Fewer people were tuning in to WABC, listeners who had switched to FM were not coming back, and, while still moderately successful, the ship was sinking. Like Al Brady Law, Jay Clark tried to improve the time-spent-listening. Howard Hoffman and Bob Cruz departed, Dan Ingram went back to his familiar afternoon slot, and the team of Ross Brittain and Brian Wilson from Atlanta moved into morning drive. "Ross and Wilson", as the show was known, was very information-oriented, often playing no more than four songs in an hour.

That spring, WABC became the full-time flagship radio outlet for Yankees baseball games, a distinction the station carried through the end of the 2001 season. This would be the longest continuous relationship the team would have with any flagship station (to date).[citation needed] Jay Clark reasoned that Yankee baseball would bring back some listeners to the station and that they would recycle back into the music format, but not even the "Bronx Bombers" could save music on WABC.

At the time the Yankees became a regular WABC feature, the station also began airing a weeknight sports-talk show with Art Rust, Jr. WABC's ratings by this point were mediocre at best—and they were still going down.

In the fall of 1981, WABC dropped the remaining heavy-rock cuts and non-crossover urban hits. They began playing more oldies, as well as songs from the adult contemporary chart, and added an "advice" talk show with Doctor Judy Kuriansky. By this point, WABC was almost unrecognizable as a Top 40 station, the ratings were languishing, and rumors were rampant that the station would be changing its format.

In February 1982, WABC officially confirmed it would be going to an all-talk format that May. The airstaff began saying goodbye with a comment here and there from February into May. Finally, on April 30, it was announced that the switch to all-talk would occur on May 10 at noon. From May 7 to May 9, the station airstaff said their goodbyes one last time.

May 10, 1982, the day WABC stopped playing music, is sometimes called "The Day the Music Died". WABC ended its 22-year run as a music station with a 9 a.m.-noon farewell show hosted by Dan Ingram and Ron Lundy. The last song played on WABC before the format change was "Imagine" by John Lennon, followed by the familiar WABC "Chime Time" jingle, then a moment of silence before the debut of the new talk format.

The NewsTalkRadio 77 era (1982-current)

Early years and success

Initially after the format change, the station ran a lot of satellite talk from corporate ABC's "Talk Radio" network. Ross and Wilson stayed on and continued to play 4 songs per hour (mostly '60s and '70s hits) throughout 1982. In 1983, they stopped playing music as well. Ross and Wilson split up in 1983 when Ross went over to WHTZ. While the station's final ratings as a music station were mediocre, their talk ratings initially were even lower.

Still, the station stuck with the new format. They added more issues-oriented talk shows, with an increasing number of conservative talk show hosts (a couple of liberals also hosted shows). The ratings grew and by the late 1980s, they were a very successful talk station. The program director behind this was John Mainelli, later being replaced by Phil Boyce.

From 1984 to 1996 WABC broadcast the popular Bob Grant, a controversial, early "right-wing" talk radio host. After years of what many considered inflammatory remarks, he was fired in 1996 for a controversial comment regarding the death of United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown. After a number of years at competitor station WOR, Grant returned as a host as of July 2007, was removed again in December 2008, and returned again as a weekend host in September 2009.

Alan Colmes was among the first hosts picked for the new format, and appeared in various timeslots as "Alan B. Colmes".

Within its first years, the revamped WABC brought in Rush Limbaugh, who would go on to be the anchor program of the local station for two decades, and soon after the giant of talk syndication, the model for countless other conservative radio shows to follow.

WABC today

On February 6, 2006, the Walt Disney Company announced that it would sell WABC and other radio properties not affiliated with either Radio Disney or ESPN Radio, along with ABC Radio's News & Talk and FM networks, to Citadel Broadcasting Corporation for $2.7 billion. The transaction became final on June 12, 2007.

As of September 2009, the WABC broadcast day begins at 5:00 a.m. (Eastern time) with the "Imus in the Morning News Hour", hosted by Doug McIntyre (formerly of sister station KABC). The Imus in the Morning program follows at 6:00. Don Imus joined WABC on December 3, 2007, eight months after being dismissed from WFAN and CBS Radio over controversial statements made during a broadcast in April 2007.[3] Charles McCord serves as sidekick and newscaster for the program, which is also simulcast on the Fox Business Network cable television network.

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski from MSNBC's "Morning Joe" host the 10 am to Noon shift followed by Rush Limbaugh from Noon to 3 pm. Sean Hannity follows as the afternoon drive host. Mark Levin takes over in the evenings. Late-night hours are covered by George Noory's syndicated program, Coast to Coast AM. WABC also carried Paul Harvey's newscasts during Imus in the Morning (Paul Harvey News and Comment) and in-between Joe/Mika and Limbaugh (The Rest of the Story) up through Harvey's death in 2009.

Mark Simone currently hosts two Saturday shows—a morning talk show from 6 to 10 a.m., and the music-intensive Saturday Night specialty show, from 6 to 9 p.m. During the weekend, the station plays more lifestyle talk. Sunday afternoons feature the latest incarnation of [Bob Grant's talk show, while on Saturday and Sunday nights, the station carries a newsmagazine by John Batchelor.

Flagship-wise, Limbaugh's show was produced at WABC from 1988 until the early 2000s, when he started doing the program from Premiere Radio Networks and a studio in his home in South Florida. (Substitute hosts for Limbaugh still use the WABC studios, and Limbaugh will still on occasion host from WABC.) Imus in the Morning and Hannity originate from WABC, while Levin originates from Washington, D.C. sister station WMAL. All three of these shows are syndicated on ABC Radio.

Virtually all of WABC's weekday lineup—specifically Scarborough, Sliwa, Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin (and to a lesser extent Imus) -- consists of hosts with very similar viewpoints. Former program director Phil Boyce has stated that these programming decisions are ratings-driven, while critics of WABC state that the station's programming reflects a conscious conservative political advocacy. The station's slogan is "News, opinion, passion".

In 2004, the station earned the distinction of being a news/talk radio station even longer than it had been a Top 40 station, by marking 22 years in its present format.

Some of the station's former locally-based hosts include John R. Gambling, Ron Kuby, Jay Diamond, Ed Koch, Lynn Samuels, Joy Behar, Mario Cuomo, Steve Malzberg, Richard Bey, and Jerry Agar. Several nationally-syndicated talkers, including Art Bell, Mike Gallagher, Lionel, Laura Schlessinger, Michael Savage, Matt Drudge and Laura Ingraham, have also been heard over WABC's airwaves.

Although the station had good ratings, it underperformed in terms of total revenue, an example being WABC billing $21.3 million in 2008[4], not even close to industry giant KFI in Los Angeles at $54.4 million[5].

Phil Boyce departed as program director in October 2008, eventually replaced in February 2009 by former XM Satellite Radio programmer Laurie Cantillo.

The WABC Radio Network logo used as of April 13, 2009

On April 6, 2009; WABC Radio has announced that the station will be revamped as "WABC Radio Network" and a few of their programs (Imus, Scarborough, and Sliwa) will be available to affiliates on a barter-only basis without fees. Representatives of Citadel Media says that no other changes have occurred and the network is still responsible for syndication and ad sales of the shows.[6]

Sports programming

WABC's only current sports contracts are with Seton Hall University, as the station is the flagship for the men's basketball team, and the United States Military Academy, as the station carries Army football games. In addition to the aforementioned Yankees coverage, the station served two separate stints as the flagship for the New York Jets and was also the home of the New Jersey Devils beginning in 1990.

Early in its Top 40 incarnation, WABC served as the original radio flagship of the New York Mets. A notable aspect of WABC's Mets coverage was Howard Cosell and former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca handling the pre- and post-game shows. The station lost those rights to WHN following the 1963 season.

The Jets first called WABC home in the 1980s, but left toward the end of the decade for WCBS. The team would return to the station in 2000 after spending the previous seven seasons on WFAN. After then-sister station WEPN became the Jets' flagship, WABC began simulcasting the games over their airwaves due to its stronger signal. The arrangement ended in 2008 as WEPN began simulcasting all its programming on two other stations.

In December 2001, broadcast rights to the Yankees were lost after 21 years to WCBS. WABC also lost the radio rights to the Devils in 2005, as New Jersey's hockey team moved to WFAN to substitute for the station's loss of the New York Rangers to WEPN. WABC served as an overflow station for the Rangers from 2005 through 2009, and also served the same purpose for the New York Knicks when their games moved from WFAN to WEPN, but those rights moved to WNYM in 2009. The loss of evening sports programming has forced WABC to attempt to solidify its evening talk lineup.


  1. ^ Pat Browne,The guide to United States popular culture. Popular Press, 2001, p.611. ISBN 0879728213
  2. ^ Rivanna Chapter National Railway Historical Society, This Month in Railroad History: March. Retrieved March 24, 2006.
  3. ^ McShane, Larry. Shock Jock Don Imus to Return to Radio. Associated Press. 1 November 2007.
  4. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2009/04/13/2009-04-13_for_ads_wltws_at_the_top_of_the_bill.html
  5. ^ http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2009/04/activism-oriented-talk-sees-revenue.html
  6. ^ Imus, Scarborough, Sliwa Now Barter Only - Radio & Records (released April 6, 2009)

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