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WBNR WLNA logo.png
City of license Beacon, New York
Broadcast area Hudson Valley
Branding Hudson Valley Talk Radio
Slogan Your Local News and Weather Authority
Frequency 1260 kHz
First air date December 17, 1959
Format News Talk
Power 1,000 watts daytime
480 watts nighttime
Class B
Facility ID 19629
Transmitter coordinates 41°29′31.164″N 73°58′38.5458″W / 41.49199°N 73.977373833°W / 41.49199; -73.977373833
Callsign meaning W Beacon Newburgh Radio
Affiliations Premiere Radio Networks, Fox Sports Radio, CNN Radio
Owner Pamal Broadcasting
(6 Johnson Road Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations WBPM, WGHQ, WHUD, WLNA, WSPK, WXPK
Website Hudson Valley Radio Network

WBNR is the callsign of an AM radio station licensed to Beacon, New York and serving the Hudson Valley. The station is owned by Pamal Broadcasting and broadcasts on 1260 kHz at 1,000 watts daytime and 480 watts nighttime, both directional, from a four-tower array at 475 South Avenue in the of city of Beacon.[1]



WBNR signed on in 1959 as a 1,000 watt directional antenna daytime only station.[2] The original studio location is in close proximity to Denning's Point, a location on the Hudson River that has an archaeological record going back 5,000 years.[3] Many staffers and former staffers felt that this explained an usually high reported incidence of paranormal activity in the studio building.

It was not until 1985 that WBNR added two additional towers to their transmitter site and was licensed for 480 watts night time operation with a DA2 antenna pattern. For many years it was owned by brothers Robert and Al Lessnor of Candid Camera fame. The station served the community with Middle of the Road (MOR) music format, local news and sports. It was heavily involved with Beacon community events and was the flagship station for Army Football until 2003.

In 1970, Lance (later Beacon) Broadcasting, then owners of WBNR, acquired WSPK from Poughkeepsie, New York based Olympian broadcasting, owners of WKIP, along with the mountain top transmitter site located on North Mount Beacon.[4]

The station began to suffer a long steady decline through the 1980's and 1990's as many AM radio stations did.

In 1994, WBNR, along with its sister station WSPK was sold to Enterprise Media of Binghamton, New York. Both stations were subsequently sold to Pamal Broadcasting in October of 1997. The studios moved from their original 1959 location at 475 South Avenue, Beacon to the newly reconstructed "Broadcast Center" at 715 Fishkill Avenue (NY Rte 52), in Fishkill, New York, where Hudson Valley Talk Radio Network programming originates.


Currently, the station's format is News Talk and is simulcast with WLNA and WGHQ as the Hudson Valley Talk Radio Network. WBNR features a local news magazine program called "Good Morning Hudson Valley" each morning followed by syndicated talk shows Dr. Laura Schlessinger, and Dave Ramsey. In addition WBNR features syndicated Fox Sports Radio at night and also broadcasts single A baseball from the Hudson Valley Renegades, Notre Dame Football, and Mount Saint Mary College basketball.


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