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WDBY
City of licensePatterson, New York
Broadcast areaLower and Mid-Hudson Valley, Western Connecticut
BrandingY-105
Slogan"The Best Music Mix"
Frequency105.5 MHz (Also on HD Radio)
First air date1981
Format Hot AC
ERP900 watts
HAAT186 meters
ClassA
Facility ID67815
Callsign meaningDanBurY
Former callsignsWRVH (1981-86)
WMJV (1986-95)
WVYB (1995-1996)
WAXB (1996-2002)
Owner Cumulus Media
WebcastListen Live
Websitehttp://www.y105radio.com

WDBY (105.5 FM, "Y-105") is a Hot Adult Contemporary (Hot AC) Radio Station licensed to Patterson, New York, and is the only FM station licensed to Putnam County, New York.Template:Fact The station primarily serves the Greater Danbury listening area. The station is owned by Cumulus Media and broadcasts from a tower located in Patterson,NY near the Putnam/Dutchess county line. WDBY also operates a booster, WDBY-FM1 in Brookfield, Connecticut, which broadcasts with 1.2 kilowatts.

Though it's the only FM station in Putnam County, WDBY's primary target market is Danbury, Connecticut. Even though the hills in and around Danbury limits the main 105.5 signal, the Danbury booster has the ability to cover the primary coverage area. Unlike key rival WDAQ, WDBY also targets eastern Putnam County as well as southern Dutchess County where it regularly rates in the Poughkeepsie market.Due to its tower height,Y-105's signal covers most of the RT-22/I-684 corridor.The Y-105 studios are located on Federal Road in Brookfield,CT.

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History

The 105.5 frequency first signed on(as a Docket 80-90 station)in the spring of 1981 in Patterson,NY as WRVH, airing a Beautiful Music/Classical Music hybrid format in competition with WHUD and WEZN.Richard Novick(also former owner of WKIP-AM/WRNQ-FM 92.1 Poughkeepsie)was WRVH's first owner/operator.The station's building was constructed with the beautiful music format in mind as all 3 studios(Production,FM & AM)had very high ceilings.The production studio's ceiling was also acoustic and at one time chamber music was both played and recorded there.In later years,the large room also doubled as a jock lounge.WRVH was an early success in Putnam County and got better-than-expected numbers in both Dutchess County and Danbury,CT because for many listeners it was one of the few well-signaled stations in the area.

In the mid 80's,beautiful music began to decline.Listeners were aging out of the format and stations were playing more vocals.Dick Novick then sold WRVH to Ron Graiff and that led the station to switch to Adult Contemporary and become WMJV (MAJIC 105) on 7/21/86.The call letters stood for MAJIC (MJ) and the roman numeral for 5 (V) .The station's new main competitor was contemporary-formatted WVIP-FM and later WHUD and WDAQ.MAJIC 105's air staff(in the early 90's)included Bob Stanhope,Dick Farrell and Gary Peters(mornings),PD/MD Al Matthews(middays),Flora,Langdon Towne and Cutler Whitman(afternoons),Hank Tuttle and Jim Hartman(nights),John Harrison,Cutler Whitman and Langdon Towne(overnights)and weekenders Joe Rondini,JJ,Jed Taylor and Rob Deldin.

On-Air Personalities 1/09

Bill "Mr.Morning" Trotta (6-10am), Dan Hopkins (10am-2pm), Matt Carey (2-7pm), The Billy Bush Show (7-11pm).

Weekenders are Michelle Cousens (Sat-10am-2pm) and Jim Hartman (Sun-10am-2pm).

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Putnam/Westchester Simulcast & Super Station Era

In the early 90's,MAJIC 105 began to have more competition as the rivals it had as WRVH also evolved to Adult Contemporary,in turn giving the station bigger signaled and heritage competition.In late September 1993,in order to more effectively compete with WHUD and WFAS-FM in Westchester and Putnam Counties and 98Q in Danbury,CT,MAJIC 105's owner/manager Ron Graiff acted on impulse and purchased WVIP-FM/106.3 Mount Kisco from Martin Stone.WVIP-FM by then had fallen on tough times,it was airing a gold-based AC format with some dayparts live and some satellite-fed.It had become a shell of its former self.The plan was to expand WMJV's reach via simulcast further south into Westchester County for a bigger and better area-wide signal.The stations could then be heard from Dover Plains to White Plains.On Friday night 9/24 at 7PM,Alix Bragga did the last show on WVIP-FM.The last song played was "The Star Spangled Banner" by Whitney Houston.The station then signed off at midnight and was moved overnight to the WMJV studios in Patterson.On Saturday morning 9/25,the plan turned into reality as WVIP-FM became WMJU(the calls meant nothing-it was alphabetically before WMJV and looked similar).The stations were then simulcast and branded as "NY's Super Station" super-serving both Putnam and Westchester Counties.Weekender Jed Taylor did the first show at 6AM.The format was upgraded from AC to Hot AC and in time it became Putnam County's Arbitron rated #1 radio station.At its peak,Super Station had a music library of almost 1,300 songs that spanned the 70's,80's up to the mid 90's and was consistently rotated.All music decisions were made in-house and its positioning statement was "The Most Music And The Best Variety".It was very successful for its time although at just 2 years it was much too short-lived.

Super Station was locally programmed by multi-market PD(and former WVIP AM/FM PD)Al Matthews(middays)with an air staff that included Gary Peters,Ray Graff and then John Chipman(mornings),Cutler Whitman and then Chris Cimmino(afternoons),APD/MD Jim Hartman(nights),Langdon Towne(overnights)and weekenders Jed Taylor,Alix Bragga,Colleen Brown,KC Kressu,Kyle Kelley,Steve Maiolo,Bobby West,Tim Court,Paul Hoch,Chris Todaro and Jim McCannon.The news department was headed by ND Janice Berliner(mornings),Jennifer Fogarty and then Greg Messinger(afternoons).AM and PM traffic reports were handled by Kyle Kelley and then Steve Maiolo.The chief engineer was Dave Gray.Weekend music programs included a local Top 30 Countdown on Friday nights,The Retro Show(dance classics)on Saturday nights and Casey's Hot 20 on Sunday nights.Super Stations' jingle package was produced by Jam Creative Productions and the stations liners were voiced by John Driscoll.

Sold Stations=Format Changes & Relocations

On Monday 10/2/95,Ron Graiff sold the stations(along with Country AM sister WPUT-1510)to then-WRKI/WINE owner Gary Starr.He dropped the "Super Station" brand,changed the call letters to WVYB/WVIB(to remind listeners of the old WVIP-FM)and flipped the format to a gold-based AC branded as "B-105/B-106".In essence it reverted to what WVIP-FM was airing prior to it being sold back in '93.That afternoon at 3PM,Chris Cimmino and then Chris Todaro did the last Super Station show.At 7PM,Jim Hartman did the first B-105/B-106 show.The new format was put into place and the music library was then drastically cut.Lorna Potter took over as general/sales manager.PD Al Matthews left and Emily Anton took over middays.The I-95 PD's Lou Rizzo and then Tim Sheehan were the program directors(though they were still based at WRKI)and Alan Sneed(based in Atlanta,GA)was hired as a programming and music consultant.Then,in about 4 weeks time,the stations were sold again to Commodore Media Inc.(Commodore Media would later be sold to Capstar Broadcasting)and the two stations were then split up from its simulcast,format,call letters and location.The entire staff except for the morning show were let go.WVYB's new calls were WAXB(the B-105 brand was kept)with an oldies format via satellite from Westwood One except for its live morning show with John Chipman and Steve Maiolo.The station was moved to the WRKI studios in Brookfield,CT.and its Arbitron market was changed from Poughkeepsie to Danbury.WVIB's new calls were WZZN(The Zone-slogan though not used)with a short-lived jazz and then short-lived classic rock format also via satellite except for its live morning show with Emily Anton.The station was moved to the WFAS studios in Hartsdale,NY and would eventually change its calls to WFAF(sounds like WFAS)to become a northern simulcast of WFAS-FM and its AC format.In 2006,when its iron-clad 40-year lease was up,WFAF's tower was moved from atop Darlington Castle to the Fox Lane Campus in Bedford and since then,its signal is not as strong due to a decrease in tower height.Due to economic conditions and signal issues,the 106.3 frequency has never been a stand-alone FM since its sale and split from WVIP back in late September '93.It has been and still is just a simulcast station-first with WMJV/WVYB,then WFAS,for a short time WPDH and then again WFAS.WPUT-AM also flipped its satellite format from Country to Adult Standards and then to ESPN Sports.The(daytime only)station is licensed to Brewster,NY and is also housed in Brookfield where it simulcasts with WINE-AM.

B-105 Evolves To Y-105

When Capstar Broadcasting was purchased by AM/FM Inc. (a subsidiary of what would become Clear Channel Communications) in 1999, the company was forced to divest its holdings in the northern suburbs of New York City due to FCC market concentration concerns. When Aurora Communications purchased those stations WAXB saw an increase in its budget that allowed the station to eliminate satellite fed programming. With this came a modified name (B105.5) and modified oldies that leaned as recent as the early 80s. However, Aurora's ownership was to be short-lived as in 2000 a failed buyout by Nassau Broadcasting took place which was followed in 2001 by Aurora being bought out by Cumulus Media.

After Cumulus took control of the Aurora stations in April 2002, control of the Danbury cluster became separate from their Hudson Valley cluster. Though WAXB had good ratings in both Danbury and Dutchess County with oldies, listeners were aging out of the format and Cumulus management sensed a hole for a more contemporary competitor against market rival 98Q. WAXB flipped to Adult Top 40 on 9/26/02 as Y-105 after two days of stunting and taking the new WDBY calls (DanBurY) that October. It forced 98Q to move to a more Top 40 approach in both music and presentation.Y-105 has since evolved from a Bright AC to a Hot AC.Y-105 also scored a coup on January 12,2009 by signing legendary,longtime 98Q morning personality Bill "Mr. Morning" Trotta to host its morning show.

HD Radio

Cumulus Broadcasting began upgrading its stations to HD Radio broadcasting in 2005. One of the first ten stations to be upgraded was WDBY.[1]

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