Clear Channel Buys WOR 710 AM
New York City’s oldest continuously operating radio station is changing hands. Buckley Radio President and CEO Joseph Bilotta announced that the company is selling WOR 710 AM to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.
The station, founded in 1922, has been a Buckley property for over two decades, following its sale to Buckley by RKO in 1987.
Still no word on whether Clear Channel plans to change WOR’s longstanding talk format, with shows ranging across news, politics, food, travel, pets, sports and entertainment.
The lineup currently includes syndicated offerings from Mike Huckabee, "Savage Nation" with conservative pundit Michael Savage, Dr. Joy Browne, John Gambling, Mike Gallagher, Coast to Coast AM, and a show hosted by former NY Governor David Paterson.
Lately, the lineup has leaned more heavily political, with a moderately conservative slant in opinion talkers.
WOR also makes some of its own syndicated programs available to a network of over 300 other radio stations around the country.
WOR isn’t the only iconic NYC radio station trading hands in recent months. Back in April, KISS FM owner Emmis Communications announced plans to sell the intellectual property associated with KISS FM to YMF Media and convert the KISS FM station to an all-sports format. It would then be under the new call sign WEPN-AM, ESPN New York, as part of a local programming and marketing agreement with the sports broadcaster.
KISS FM was supposed to merge with longtime rival 107.5 WBLS, also bought by YMF around the same time. The deal basically marked the end of the famous R&B station as a stand-alone operation.