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NEW YORK

     
  State population (2000 census)
18,976,457
     
  Population receiving a FM public radio signal
18,504,764
97.5%
  (from both in and out-of-state stations)
  Population in uncovered areas
471,693
     
  Stations in State FM stations
50
    FM Booster
1
    FM translators
27
    AM stations
4
     
  1989 PTFP Study: Population receiving a
    FM public radio signal
16,370,000
93%
         

Broadcast Coverage Maps

FM Stations - Detail         FM Stations - Printable

AM Stations - Detail         AM Stations - Printable


Public Radio Stations in State

Main stations in bold followed by associated repeaters and translators
Translators are shown at the end of the narrative
Facilities in italics operated by out‑of‑state broadcasters
Location in ( ) - actual location of transmitting facilities
N - New facility since 1989 study     # - Station now meets study criteria

FM Stations
WAMC
90.3
Albany WEOS #
89.7
Geneva
(North Adams, MA) WJFF
90.5
Jeffersonville
   WCAN
93.3
Canajoharie WXHD 1 N
90.1
Mount Hope
   WAMK
90.9
Kingstown WBAI
99.5
New York City
   WOSR N
91.7
Middletown WFUV  
90.7
New York City
   WCEL N
91.9
Plattsburgh    WFUV2 N
90.7
New York City
   WANC
103.9
Ticonderoga WKCR #
89.9
New York City
WSKG
89.3
Binghamton WNYC  
93.9
New York City
   WSQX N
91.5
Binghamton WSUF2 N
89.9
Noyack
   WSQE N
91.1
Corning WRVO
89.9
Oswego
   WSQC N
91.7
Oneonta    WSUC
90.5
Cortland
   WSQA N
88.7
Hornell    WRVD 
90.3
Syracuse
   WSQG
90.9
Ithaca    WRVN  
91.9
Utica
WNYE #
91.5
Brooklyn    WRVJ N
91.7
Watertown
WBFO
88.7
Buffalo WXXI
91.5
Rochester
   WUBJ N
88.1
Jamestown    WJSL
90.3
Houghton
   WOLN N
91.3
Olean WMHT
89.1
Schenectady
WNED
89.3
Buffalo    WRHV N
88.7
Poughkeepsie
   WNJA N
89.7
Jamestown WUSB #
90.1
Stony Brook
WSLU
89.5
Canton WLIU #
88.3
Southampton
   WXLH N
91.3
Blue Mt. Lake    WCWP #
88.1
Brookville
   WSLO N
90.9
Malone WRLI 3 N
91.3
Southampton
   WXLG N
88.5
North Creek WAER
88.3
Syracuse
   WXLU N
88.3
Peru WCNY
91.3
Syracuse
   WSLL N
90.5
Saranac Lake    WUNY
89.5
Utica
   WSLJ N
88.9
Watertown    WJNY
90.9
Watertown
AM Stations
WAMC N
1400
Albany WNYC 
820
New York City
WNED 
970
Buffalo WXXI 
1370
Rochester

1 Operated by WFMU, East Orange, NJ.
2
Operated by WSHU, Fairfield, CT.
3 Operated by WPKT, Meriden, CT.

General Comments

Public radio in New York State is provided by a mixture of university, school board and community licensees.  Six of the primary stations -- WSKG/WSQX, WXXI, WMHT, WCNY, and WNED -- are operated by joint radio-television licensees.  Many of the state's public broadcasters provide a regional service through the operation of repeaters and translators.  The Office of Educational Television and Public Broadcasting (OETPB) of the state's Education Department provides administrative oversight and distributes state funding to New York public television and radio stations that meet its criteria for funding.  OETPB has played a significant role in the development of public broadcasting in the state.  Many public radio facilitates operating within the state of New York do not receive assistance from OETPB and support from OETPB is not a criterion for inclusion in this survey.  Most of the state's major population centers are served by multiple program services.  There are four public AM stations in the state.    

FM Service

Broadcasters in New York State have made substantial progress in extending public radio service to areas identified as unserved in PTFP's 1989 study. Western New York along the state's border with Pennsylvania, central New York between the Hudson River and the Finger Lakes region, the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York, and the Long Island Sound all saw significant service expansion.  WSKG Binghamton constructed four new stations serving the southern tier of New York State, along the Pennsylvania border­­__­WSQX Binghamton, WSQE Corning, WSQC Oneonta and WSQA Hornell.   The Adirondack Mountains of northern New York are now served by six new stations built by WSLU Canton in Blue Mt. Lake, Malone, North Creek, Peru, Saranac Lake and Watertown.  In addition, two new stations were constructed by WAMC Albany in Middletown and Plattsburgh. 

Since 1989, 21 new stations were built and five translators were upgraded to full power repeater stations. Three of the 21 new stations are operated by public broadcasters outside New York state.  Twenty-two translators have also been installed since 1989.  Six of these are operated by broadcasters outside the state.  A list of the translators in New York State is at the end of this narrative.

In addition, the following six stations did not meet the criteria for inclusion in the 1989 study but now meet the criteria and are included: WNYE Brooklyn, WEOS Geneva, WKCR New York City, WUSB Stony Brook, WLIU Southampton and WCWP Brookville.  They are indicated by the # symbol on the station list.

The percentage of the state's population that can receive a public radio signal increased from 93% in 1989 to 97.5% currently.  The number of people outside the range of a public radio signal decreased from 1,188,000 in 1989 to 471,693.

AM Service

There are four public AM stations in New York State, three of which have provided public radio services for many years.  WNED 970 kHz Buffalo is a 5 kW station that broadcasts 24-hours-a-day with a directional pattern.  WNYC 820 kHz New York, a 10 kW station, operates 24-hours-a-day with daytime and nighttime directional patterns.  WXXI 1370 kHz Rochester, a 5 kW station, operates 24-hours-a-day with nighttime directional pattern.  The fourth station, WAMC 1400 kHz Albanyp, is a 1 kW station operating 24-hours-a-day with a daytime and nighttime non-directional pattern.  WAMC(AM) started simulcasting the signal of WAMC-FM in May 2003.

Service from Adjacent States  

Three FM stations and seven translators in New York State are operated by public broadcasters from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, along with several Long Island stations operated by Connecticut broadcasters.  Residents of greater New York City and Long Island receive public radio signals from New Jersey and Connecticut.  In western New York, WQLN Erie, Pennsylvania, reaches neighboring Chautauqua County on the New York-Pennsylvania border.  In the northern part of the state, the statewide service of Vermont Public Radio extends into New York State along the length of the New York-Vermont boundary. 

Unserved Areas

Region A

This region is mostly covered by the Adirondack Mountains and by state parks.  It is sparsely populated with approximately 24,000 people in Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herikmer, St. Lawrence and Warren counties.

Region B

The large uncovered area between New York City and central New York is predominately Catskill Park, where some of the highest mountains in lower New York State are located.  Approximately 55,000 residents of Delaware, Green, Schohaire, and Ulster counties are unable to receive a public radio signal.  Expansion of radio coverage to this area may also be affected by a channel 6 TV station in Schenectady, New York, which is the site of WMHT(FM).  WJFF Jeffersonville is exploring the best placement of translators to bring service to this area.  

Region C

Approximately 216,000 people, or about 46% of the state's unserved residents, live in the five counties immediately north of the New York City metropolitan area: Orange, Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess.  Because of its proximity to the large metropolitan areas in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, frequency availability may be the major barrier to new FM radio facilities to serve this area.  Terrain variations may also be a factor in reaching communities along the Hudson River, which bisects the region.  Some residents of this region may receive public AM Service from WNYC(AM).  WFUV plans to erect a tower that will allow the station to install its antenna at the maximum allowable height under its current FCC license.  Once WFUV achieves this maximum allowable height, its service will extend into a significant portion of this unserved area.  WFUV is also exploring future translator sites to serve the region.

Translators listed by operating station
Facilities in italics operated by out‑of‑state broadcasters

WSHU Fairfield, CT W209AZ N 89.7 Keene
W217AF N 91.3 Huntington Stn W219AK 91.7 Lake Placid
W219BA N 91.7 Ridge W219BG N 91.7 Long Lake
W289AD N 105.7 Selden W201CB N 88.1 Lowville
WMNR Monroe, CT W206BH N 89.1 Lyons Falls
W205BM N 88.9 Mt. Kisco W212BQ N 90.3 Morristown
W233AI N 94.5 Sag Harbor W204BJ N 88.7 Old Forge
W264AJ N 100.7 Southampton W205BW N 88.9 Paul Smiths
WAMC Albany, NY W207BP N 89.3 Speculator
W299AG N 107.7 Newburgh W219AU N 91.7 Tupper Lake
W205AJ N 88.9 Oneonta WEOS Geneva, NY
W226AC N 93.1 Rensselaer W212BA N 90.3 Geneva
WSKG Binghamton, NY W201CD1 N 88.1 Lansing
W214AA 90.7 Corning WJFF Jeffersonville, NY
W215AB 90.9 Watkins Glen W233AH N 94.5 Monticello
WSLU Canton, NY WQLN Erie, PA
W217AE 91.3 Alexandria Bay W211AE 90.1 Mayville
W219CT N 91.7 Boonville

1  Licensed to Ithaca Community Radio, Ithaca, NY. Operated by WEOS, Geneva, NY.

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