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City of license Syracuse
Broadcast area Central New York
Branding "ESPN Radio 1260"
Frequency 1260 (kHz)
First air date 1946 (as WNDR)
Format Sports radio
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning W NewS Syracuse (former format)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
Sister stations WAQX, WLTI, WNTQ
Webcast Listen Live!

WNSS is the ESPN Radio affiliate in Syracuse, New York branded as ESPN Radio 1260. Broadcasting on 1260 kHz on the AM dial, WNSS covers the Buffalo Bills and Le Moyne College basketball and is owned by Citadel Broadcasting.


WNSS signed on in 1946 as WNDR. It was the most popular Top 40-format station in the area during the 1960s. The studio and 5000-watt transmitter were located on Andrews Road in DeWitt, a Syracuse suburb. During the 1950s, the station began its run as a popular music station after beginning as a Mutual Network affiliate. Among its 1950s-era ataffers was character actor and Golden Globe nominee Aldo Ray, who worked there in 1956 during an extended break in his film career; a publicity photo of him taken at the station surivives and is reproduced on a station tribute website. During the station's heyday in the late 1950s and 1960s, personalities who would later achieve success in major markets including Bud Ballou, Peter C. Cavanaugh, Bob Shannon and Joey Reynolds were among the notable disc jockeys that worked at WNDR. In 1989, the callsign changed to the current WNSS and the station's format moved to an all news format "W-News".

During the 1990s and early 2000s, the station struggled. After several format changes (including a brief and ill-fated All Comedy Radio format), the station finally settled on its current format, a mostly straight satellite feed from the ESPN Radio network, including ESPN's MLB and NBA broadcasts. The station during most of this period was the flagship station of the Syracuse Orange along with sister station WAQX, until WTKW acquired the rights in 2007.

WNSS currently carries one local weekday program, On the Block with Brent Axe. The program was originally heard on WHEN until early 2009. Effective March 2010, ESPN Radio will be dropped from WNSS (being moved to WTLA/WSGO); Axe's program will be unaffected by the change and future plans for the stations are as of yet unannounced.[1]

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