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Encyclopedia > WCBS (AM)
WCBS
WCBS Logo
City of license New York City
Broadcast area New York City area
Branding WCBS Newsradio 880
Frequency 880 kHz AM
(Also on HD Radio)
First air date September 20, 1924 (as WAHG)
Format Commercial; News
Power 50,000 watts
Class A
Facility ID 9636
Callsign meaning Columbia Broadcasting System
Affiliations CBS Radio Network
Owner CBS Radio
Sister stations WCBS-FM, WFAN, WINS, WWFS, WXRK
Webcast Listen Live!
Website http://www.wcbs880.com/

WCBS (880 kHz), often referred to as "WCBS Newsradio 880", is a radio station in New York City. Owned by CBS Radio, the station broadcasts on a clear channel and is the flagship station of the CBS Radio Network.[1] Its studios are located within the CBS Broadcast Center in midtown Manhattan, and the transmitter is located on High Island in the Bronx, New York. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... In the United States (and potentially elswhere), each radio station or TV station is assigned a city of license by the Federal Communications Commission that they must serve. While this has become far less meaningful over the decades, stations are still required to post their public file somewhere within the... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island is the most populous metropolitan area in the United States and is also one of the most populous in the world . ... For other uses, see Frequency (disambiguation). ... A kilohertz (kHz) is a unit of frequency equal to 1,000 hertz (1,000 cycles per second). ... Mediumwave radio transmissions (sometimes called Medium frequency or MF) are those between the frequencies of 300 kHz and 3000 kHz. ... HD Radio is an in-band on-channel (IBOC) digital radio system created by iBiquity for broadcasting via existing FM and AM radio stations. ... is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the rap album, see 1924 (album). ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Commercial Radio Hong Kong is one of the two commercial radio broadcasting company in Hong Kong (the other being Metro Radio). ... All-news radio is a radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcast of news. ... Nominal power is a measurement of a mediumwave radio stations output used in the United States. ... For other uses, see Watt (disambiguation). ... This is a list of broadcast station classes applicable in much of North America under international agreements between the United States, Canada and Mexico. ... A facility ID is used in the United States by the Federal Communications Commission to identify broadcast TV stations. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... This article is about the broadcast network. ... The CBS Radio Network provides news, sports and other programming to more than 1,000 radio stations throughout the United States. ... CBS Radio Inc. ... In broadcasting, sister stations are broadcast stations owned by the same company. ... WCBS-FM (101. ... For other uses, see WFAN (disambiguation). ... WINS (1010 kHz. ... WWFS is a New York City FM radio station operating at 102. ... WXRK (92. ... A webcast is a live media file distributed over the Internet using streaming media technology. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... CBS Radio Inc. ... A clear channel, in the general sense, is a communications channel (such as a radio frequency) on which only one transmitter operates at a time. ... In the United States, a flagship station is a radio or television networks principal station from which programs are fed to affiliates (for television, see Television flagship stations). ... The CBS Radio Network provides news, sports and other programming to more than 1,000 radio stations throughout the United States. ... The CBS Broadcast Center is a television and radio production facility located in New York City. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... High Island is a small private island next to City Island. ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ...

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History

Even though the station has been broadcasting as WCBS since November 2, 1946, its history goes back to 1924 when Alfred H. Grebe started WAHG at 920 kHz. WAHG was a pioneering station in New York, and was one of the first commercial radio stations to broadcast from remote locations including horse races and yachting events. Two years later, in 1926, Alfred Grebe changed the call sign to WABC after concluding a business arrangement with the Ashland Battery Company (which had owned the call sign for a station in Asheville, North Carolina) and moved his studios to West 57th Street, not the last time the station would operate from 57th Street. (This station had no relation to the longtime American Broadcasting Company flagship that operates now at 770 AM.) is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the rap album, see 1924 (album). ... Alfred H. Grebe (1895-October 24, 1935) was a pioneer in the radio broadcasting field. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Not to be confused with Ashville. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ...


In 1928 the station moved to 970 kHz, and became a part time affiliate of the Columbia Broadcasting System, which was looking for a full time radio presence in New York City. (CBS's first flagship was WOR, which today carries programming from CBS's Westwood One service.) After a short time broadcasting CBS programming three days a week, CBS president William S. Paley purchased WABC and it became a subsidiary of CBS. Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... General Order 40 was an order issued on August 30, 1928 by the new Federal Radio Commission under the Radio Act of 1927 which provided for a reallocation of the commercial broadcast radio spectrum. ... WOR-AM is a class A (nighttime clear channel), AM radio station located in New York, New York, USA, operating on 710kHz. ... Westwood One, Inc. ... William S. Paley (1901-1990) This article is about the broadcast executive. ... A subsidiary, in business, is an entity that is controlled by another entity. ...


Soon after this purchase the station moved to a new frequency, this time to 860 kHz. The station also moved its studios into the CBS headquarters at 485 Madison Avenue (corner of 52nd Street). The station, still operating as WABC, featured a mix of local interest programming, ethnic content and music shows from CBS’s national feed. As time went by WABC turned more and more to the national programming provided by CBS and its affiliates, and its broadcast day was influenced by CBS’s growing interest in news programming. In 1941 WABC moved to the frequency it currently occupies, 880 kHz, and changed its call letters to WCBS on November 2, 1946. An ethnic group is a group of people who identify with one another, or are so identified by others, on the basis of a boundary that distinguishes them from other groups. ... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... The North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement, usually referred to as NARBA, is a treaty made in 1941 between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti relating to the allocation of frequencies for AM radio stations in these countries. ... For other uses, see Frequency (disambiguation). ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Over the next 20 years WCBS developed a series of radio soap operas, afternoon talk shows and an all night music show sponsored by American Airlines. During this time WCBS featured well-known personalities including Arthur Godfrey, future CBS News President Bill Leonard, author Emily Kimbrough and folk singer Oscar Brand. The first TIME cover devoted to soap operas: Dated January 12, 1976, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of our Lives are featured with the headline Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon. A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction, usually broadcast on television... American Airlines, Inc. ... In this CBS publicity photo of Arthur Godfrey Time, vocalist Patti Clayton is seen at the far right and Godfrey sits in the foreground. ... Oscar Brand (born February 7, 1920, in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a folk singer and songwriter. ...


'Fear On Trial'

One cause celebre involving WCBS emerged in the 1950s. One of its daytime hosts, John Henry Faulk, was part of an anti-blacklisting wing (including legendary CBS newsman Charles Collingwood) that took over leadership of the flagship New York chapter of the broadcasters' union AFTRA. There several notable people named Charles Collingwood: For the British actor, see Charles Collingwood (actor). ... The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is a performers union that represents a wide variety of talent, including actors in radio and television, as well as radio and television announcers and newspersons, singers and recording artists (both royalty artists and background singers), promo and voice-over announcers...


After Faulk and WCBS came under pressure from anti-Communist group Aware, Inc., Faulk and attorney Louis Nizer sued Aware, Inc. for libel, a case often considered one of the key turning points in the battle against McCarthyism. Faulk was supported by fellow CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, who was tipped off to Faulk's plight by Carl Sandburg. According to Murrow biographer Joe Persico, Murrow gave Faulk the money he needed to retain Nizer as his lawyer. Faulk finally won the case in 1963 and eventually became a radio personality in his native Texas, and later, a national TV personality as a regular in the cast of the country music/humor variety show "Hee Haw". A 1947 comic book published by the Catechetical Guild Educational Society warning of the dangers of a Communist takeover. ... Edward R. Ed Murrow (April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American journalist and media figure. ... For the passenger train service, see Carl Sandburg (Amtrak). ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ...


WCBS actually fired Faulk because of declining ratings while he waited for the case to come to trial, but Stanley Cloud and Lynne Olson's book The Murrow Boys asserted that WCBS executive Arthur Hull Hayes admitted on the stand the station's overall ratings, not Faulk's specifically, had slipped.


The controversy became the subject of the 1975 CBS-TV movie Fear on Trial, based in part on Faulk's autobiography of the same name.


Now, the News

By the late 1950's and early 1960's, WCBS evolved into a Middle of the road (MOR) music and personality format, which included limited talk programing ("Talk of New York" with erstwhile WCBS-TV weather girl Carol Reed and others). Personalities included legendary morning host Jack Sterling, Bill Randle and Lee Jordan. Like many MOR stations at the time, WCBS did mix in softer songs by rock-and-roll artists, as its ratings at the time were ordinary compared to the higher ratings at WOR and WNEW, both of which also had MOR formats and more distinct identities. Through it all, the variety show "Arthur Godfrey Time" remained a weekday mid-morning staple. Eventually, WCBS gained a foothold in local news coverage (WOR and WNEW's strengths) bolstered by its standing as CBS's flagship radio station. Middle of the Road was a Scottish pop group who enjoyed great success across Europe in the early 1970s. ... WCBS-TV, channel 2, is the flagship station of the CBS television network, located in New York City. ... WBBR is a radio station, broadcasting at 1130 AM in New York City. ...


During the 1960s William Paley was concerned about the station's low ratings and started a process that would lead to a highly successful all-news format that would become known as Newsradio 88. This format debuted on August 28, 1967 – although on WCBS-FM, as a small airplane had crashed into, and destroyed its WCBS' AM antenna tower just a few hours earlier. Its original roster of anchors included Charles Osgood, Ed Bradley, Robert Vaughn (not related to the actor) and Pat Summerall. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... WCBS-FM (101. ... N3381W, a single-engine general aviation Piper Cherokee Six crashed into the radio tower shared by WCBS-AM and WNBC-AM (which are now under common ownership) on High Island, New York, in the United States, on August 27, 1967. ... Charles Osgood For the American psychologist see Charles E. Osgood. ... Edward Rudolph Bradley, Jr. ... George Allen Pat Summerall (born May 10, 1930 in Lake City, Florida) is a former American football player and well-known television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, FOX, and, briefly, ESPN. Summerall is best known for his work with John Madden on CBS and FOXs NFL telecasts, and in...


Initially, the station had news in the drive time periods but stayed with a MOR format during middays and overnights, as within a couple of years, they were all-news except for overnights. Newsradio 88 began its transformation into an all-news format[2] in 1970 when the overnight American Airlines'-sponsored Music Till Dawn ended in January of that year, and completed the process in 1972 when Godfrey's weekday morning variety show came to an end. The station built a reputation as an all-news powerhouse[3] during the 1970s, and has continued with an all-news format to this day. Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Although WINS has usually received the higher Arbitron ratings of the two all-news stations, WCBS has had the stronger ratings in the outlying suburbs because of its broadcast-signal pattern. Its traffic reports and news coverage includes more of Long Island and the suburbs than WINS, and it occasionally allows room for longer interviews and analysis pieces than does WINS. The station is less tightly formatted than WINS, and formats at a half hour cycle instead of a 20 minute cycle.[4] WINS (1010 kHz. ...


In October of 2000, WCBS made another physical move, this time from CBS corporate headquarters at 51 West 52nd Street (the building known as "Black Rock") to the CBS Broadcast Center at 524 West 57th Street. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The CBS Building in New York City, also known as Black Rock, is the 38-story headquarters of the CBS Corporation. ... The CBS Broadcast Center is a television and radio production facility located in New York City. ...


WCBS's format now includes "Traffic and Weather Together" every ten minutes "on the eights." In 2007, the New Jersey-based band Fountains of Wayne released a song called "Traffic and Weather" on an album of the same name. In an interview on WCBS, the members of the band admitted that the station's "Traffic and Weather Together" was the inspiration for the song. Fountains of Wayne is an American power pop/rock band, formed in 1995. ...


WCBS and sports

In December 2001 WCBS won the rights to carry radio broadcasts of the New York Yankees beginning with the 2002 season. This contract has been renewed until the 2011 season despite CBS Radio's decision not to renew most of its MLB contracts (though WFAN, a CBS Radio property, continues to air the crosstown New York Mets).[5][6] The station had previously carried the Yankees from 1939 to 1940 (when the outlet had the WABC call letters) and from 1960 to 1966, a period that included a time in which the team was owned by CBS (prior to WCBS's conversion to an all-news format). CBS bought a majority interest in the Yankees in 1964 and sold the club to George Steinbrenner in 1973. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... For other uses, see WFAN (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (current) (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major... George Michael Steinbrenner III (born July 4, 1930 in Rocky River, Ohio), often known as The Boss, is an American billionaire businessman and the principal owner of Major League Baseballs New York Yankees. ...


Until the advent of WFAN in 1987, WCBS was the primary outlet for CBS Radio Network coverage of professional sports events, including Major League Baseball. It also served as the flagship commercial station for St. John's University basketball games during the Johnnies' renaissance in the 1980s and 1990s. WCBS also served two tenures as the flagship station of the New York Jets. Major Leagues redirects here. ... St. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...


In its pre-all-news days, WCBS also carried the New York (Baseball) Giants (as part of the 1930s-40s Giants-Yankees home game package), the New York (Football) Giants and the New York Knicks. Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... Knicks redirects here. ...


WCBS served as a springboard to athletes-turned-broadcasters in its pre-all-news period. Most notably, former football Giants Pat Summerall and Frank Gifford were employed in various capacities by WCBS and the CBS Radio Network late in their playing days. One of New York sports broadcasting's legendary figures, Marty Glickman, served as sports director during a time in the 1960s. Francis Newton Gifford (born August 16, 1930 in Santa Monica, California) was an American football player and one of the better-known American sports commentators in the latter part of the 20th century who made the transition from an athlete to broadcasting. ... Martin Marty Glickman (August 14, 1917 - January 3, 2001), was an American track and field athlete and sports announcer, born in The Bronx, New York. ...


Mel Allen gained renown as an all-purpose broadcaster on WCBS and the CBS Radio Network before and during his tenure as a renowned sportcaster and the Voice of the Yankees. Decades later, Ed Ingles (now at public WRHU-FM) established a 25-year career as sports director and morning sports anchor at WCBS, reporter for the Jets and St. John's broadcasts, and mentor to several veteran local and national broadcasters such as Barry Landers, Bill Schweizer, Spencer Ross and Bill Daughtry. Mel Allen (1955) Mel Allen (February 14, 1913 – June 16, 1996) was an American sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees. ... WRHU-FM is a venerable non-commercial radio station located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (USA), at 88. ...


WCBS online

In late 2004, WCBS began to simulcast the radio signal on the Internet, allowing for a clear signal worldwide. The biggest difference between the online feed and the AM broadcast is the absence of Yankee games, which are only available on MLB.com by paid subscription. (MLB Gameday Audio uses a feed of WCBS, including local commercials and idents, for Yankee games.) During Yankee games, the WCBS webcast provides the same news coverage it airs the rest of the day. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... MLB.com is the official site of Major League Baseball. ...


See also

  • WCBS-FM (101.1 MHz.)
  • WCBS-TV (channel 2)

WCBS-FM (101. ... WCBS-TV, channel 2, is the flagship station of the CBS television network, located in New York City. ...

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WCBS (880 kHz.), often referred to as "WCBS Newsradio 880", is a radio station in New York City.
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