WGY is New York State’s first radio station and one of the nation’s oldest. Its 50,000-watt radio signal – one of the most powerful in North America – blankets much of the Northeast by day and can be heard in more than 30 states at night.
From its sign-on in February 1922, until 1983, WGY was the flagship station of General Electric’s legendary broadcasting group. The station successfully experimented with global signal relays and gained an international audience.
WGY’s technological pioneering placed the station in an influential position and starting in 1929 Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt chose the high-powered WGY as the primary vehicle for delivering his earliest “fireside chats.” WGY was the first station to present a drama adapted specifically for radio and was first to broadcast a World Series baseball game.
As the golden age of radio ended, WGY evolved into a full-service station, before changing to News/Talk on Memorial Day weekend, 1994. It remains committed to local news, provocative talk and public service.