Minor updates 1/3 at 5:00pm. SYRACUSE — It’s been expected for quite some time now, and at 7:00 this evening, it happened: Clear Channel heritage news/talker 570 WSYR is now being simulcast on the FM dial. But you’d almost think it was the other way around — with new liners and a new logo branding the station “FM Newsradio 106.9 WSYR,” with almost no mention of the AM dial.
The only mention of AM we heard on Sunday night was during the top-of-hour legal ID / news open. It’s now “WPHR-FM Solvay Syracuse, WSYR-AM Syracuse, FM Newsradio 106.9 WSYR.” Previously, ID’s started with WSYR (omitting the AM, as “AM” is never required in a legal ID), followed by WPHR-FM HD2.
With the change, WSYR programming is now heard on 570 AM, 106.9 FM and 106.9 HD-1. The HD2 channel, which formerly carried WSYR, is now carrying urban AC “Power 620,” which used to be Power 106.9.
Recap of Recent Changes at Clear Channel Syracuse
If you’re confused about the above and you haven’t been following the story since it all started nearly two weeks ago, here’s a recap. Click the dates to read previous CNYRadio.com stories.
- December 20, 2010: The “net gnomes” at RadioInsight.com discover several new domain registrations, all indicating that WSYR will be migrating to the FM dial at 106.9.
- December 22, 2010: At 3:00pm, Clear Channel abruptly ends the “SportsRadio 620” format on WHEN, changing to a simulcast of Power 106.9 (WPHR-FM), but instead, rebrands it as “Power 620,” with a new logo and new website domain to match. Liners tell Power 106.9 listeners to reset their station presets to 620 AM.
- December 28, 2010: We find that, according to the FCC call sign registry database, Clear Channel and Aloha Station Trust have filed to swap the WPHR-FM and WSYR-FM call signs between 106.9FM here and a station in Florida.
- January 2, 2011: You’re reading it here now — Clear Channel begins simulcasting WSYR on AM and FM at 7:00pm, with the Power format now available only on AM 620.
Thanks to the loyal CNYRadio.com readers who sent email moments after the 7pm changes took place.