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Broadcast area Rochester, New York/Western New York
Slogan "WHAM 1180"
Frequency 1180 (KHz)
First air date 1922
Format news talk
ERP 50,000 watts
Class A
Transmitter coordinates 43°4′51″N 77°43′30″W / 43.08083°N 77.725°W / 43.08083; -77.725
Owner Clear Channel Communications

WHAM is a clear-channel talk radio station in Rochester, New York, owned by Clear Channel Communications. Its 50,000-watt transmitter is located in Chili, New York, and the station broadcasts on 1180 kHz.

The station first went on the air in 1922. The selection of the "WHAM" call letters came from a suggestion from industrialist George Eastman (founder of the Eastman Kodak Co., based in Rochester). He thought the "WHAM" name would prove to be a clever marketing tool.

The station's 50,000-watt signal covers most of the eastern half of North America at night.

WHAM has ties to two of the city's television stations. It spawned the city's first station, WHAM-TV, in 1949; that station is now WROC-TV, the area's CBS affiliate. In 2005, the area's ABC affiliate, WOKR-TV, changed its calls to WHAM-TV; Clear Channel bought the station in 2002 and sold its entire television group to Providence Equity Partners in 2007; the two stations still have a news partnership.


Founded by Jordan Barney, in 1922, WHAM has grown to become the dominant AM newstalk station serving Rochester and the Genesee Valley.

Like its Clear Channel sister stations, WHAM carries the standardized Clear Channel talker lineup of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and Coast to Coast AM. However, these programs do not necessarily air live or in their entirety. Only the first two hours of Beck are heard, Savage's program is heard on a two-hour delay, Hannity's show is aired in the late-night hours, and most notably, WHAM is one of only a few stations that airs Limbaugh's show on a two-hour tape delay. Weekend programming includes a line of nationally syndicated shows such as Coast to Coast AM, The Mutual Fund Show with Adam Bold, Dr. Dean Edell and Kim Komando.

Its radio signals can be picked up quite strongly in Toronto, Ontario, giving Toronto the ability to hear such programs which are not permitted to air in Toronto due to Canadian content regulations.

In addition to the syndicated programming, WHAM boasts a local morning news team, an afternoon news magazine, a midday talk show hosted by Bob Lonsberry, and a sports talk show hosted by Rochester Democrat and Chronicle columnist Bob Matthews along with a rotating co-host, among whom are Marv Levy, Chuck Dickerson and Fred Smerlas.

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