New York City FM Call Letter History

The following is a list of FM call letters which have been in use in New York. If you believe you see an error or omission, please contact Jeff Miller. This page was last revised on March 2, 2015.

Early 1940

41.8         World Broadcasting System Inc.
42.2         Frequency Broadcasting Corp.
42.4         Jerome Raymond Popkin-Clurman
42.6  W2XWG  National Broadcasting Co. (WEAF)
42.8  W2XMN  Edwin H. Armstrong
43.0         Yankee Network
43.0         Columbia Broadcasting System (WABC)
43.2  W2XQR  John V. L. Hogan (WQXR)
43.2         Marcus Loew Booking Agency (WHN)
43.4  W2XOR  Bamberger Broadcasting Service (WOR)
43.6         Muzak Corp.
43.8         Greater New York Broadcasting Corp. (WOV)


Late 1940

42.1  WNYE
43.1  W2XMN  Edwin H. Armstrong
43.9  WNYC-FM
44.5         Muzak Broadcasting Corp.
45.1  W51NY  National Broadcasting Co. (WEAF)
45.3         Wodaam Corp. (WNEW)
45.5  W55NY  William G. H. Finch
45.9  W59NY  Frequency Broadcasting Corp.
46.3  W63NY  Marcus Loew Booking Agency (WHN)
46.7         City of New York, Municipal Broadcasting Corp. (WNYC)
47.1  W71NY  Bamberger Broadcasting Service (WOR)
47.1         Bremer Broadcasting Corp. (WAAT)
47.5  W75NY  WBNX Broadcasting Co. (WBNX)
47.9         New Jersey Broadcasting Corp. (WHOM)
48.3         FM Radio Broadcasting Corp.
48.7         Columbia Broadcasting System (WABC)
49.5  W95NJ  (WAAW)


August 1941

41.1  WNYE   Board of Education, City of New York (CP for 42.1)
43.1  W31NY  Edwin H. Armstrong
43.9  W39NY  City of New York, Municipal Broadcasting Co. (WNYC)
44.7  W47NY  Muzak Corp.
45.1  W51NY  National Broadcasting Co. (WEAF-WJZ)
45.5  W55NY  William G. H. Finch

45.9  W59NY  Interstate Broadcasting Co. (WQXR)
46.3  W63NY  Marcus Loew Booking Agency (WHN)
46.7  W67NY  Columbia Broadcasting System Inc. (WABC)
47.1  W71NY  Bamberger Broadcasting Service Inc. (WOR)
47.5  W75NY  Metropolitan Television Inc.
49.9  W99NY  Frequency Broadcasting Corp.


Nov. 1, 1943

42.8  W2XMN
43.9  WNYC-FM
44.7  WGYN
45.1  W2XWG
45.9  WQXQ
46.3  WHNF
46.7  WABC-FM
47.1  WOR-FM, WBAM
47.5  WABF


1946-1947

91.7  WNYE
92.1  W2XMN-WFMN
95.3  WNYC-FM
95.7  WAAW, WAAT-FM
96.1  WGYN
96.5  WBAM
96.9  WABC-FM, WCBS-FM
97.3  WEAF-FM, WNBC-FM
97.7  WQXQ
98.1  WGYN
98.5  WABF
98.9  WFMN
99.3  WHNF, WMGM
99.7  WFGG, WGHF


1947-

 88.3  WBGO
 89.1  WNYU and WFDU
 89.9  WKCR
 90.7  WFUV
 91.5  WNYE
 92.3  WMCA-FM, WHOM-FM, WKTU, WXRK, WBMP
 93.1  W2XMN, KE2XCC, WPAT-FM
 93.9  WNYC-FM
 94.7  WAAT-FM, WNTA-FM, WJRZ-FM, WFME, WNSH
 95.5  WJZ-FM, WABC-FM, WPLJ, WWPR, WPLJ
 96.3  WQXQ, WQXR-FM, WQXR, WCAA, WXNY
 97.1  WNBC-FM, WRCA-FM, WNBC-FM, WNWS-FM, WYNY, WQHT
 97.9  WGYN, WEVD-FM, WEVD, WSKQ-FM, WSKQ
 98.7  WBAM, WOR-FM, WXLO, WRKS, WEPN
 99.5  WABF, WBAI
100.3  WMGM-FM, WNJR-FM, WFHA, WVNJ-FM, WHTZ
101.1  WCBS-FM
101.9  WGHF, WBFM, WPIX-FM, WQCD, WRXP, WFAN-FM
102.7  WNJR-FM, WNEW-FM, WNEW, WWFS
103.5  WPAT-FM, silent, WGLI-FM, WTFM, WAPP, WQHT, WYNY, WKTU*
104.3  WFDR, WNCN, WQIV, WNCN, WAXQ
105.1  WWRL-FM, WRCN (?), WRFM, WNSR, WMXV, WDBZ, WNSR, WBIX, WTJM, WWPR
105.9  WHBI, WNWK, WCAA, WQXR
106.7  WRVR, WKHK, WLTW
107.5  WEVD-FM, silent, WLIB-FM, WBLS

The 1950 Broadcasting Yearbook shows WPAT-FM Paterson NJ on 103.5 but there is a blank where the on-air date should appear. I previously indicated with a note here that I suspected WPAT-FM did not operate on 103.5, and that WGLI-FM was the first call on that frequency, beginning in 1957. However, in 2004 Ken Lamb writes, "It's my understanding that WPAT-FM was originally on 103.5. The station signed on in the late 1940's and went dark in 1950 after its Garrett Mountain transmitter was destroyed by a storm. WPAT returned to the FM band, on 93.1 in 1957, the frequency available because Armstrong's station had signed off after his suicide."


Some New York Times FM Listings

Jan. 1, 1941: 42.8 W2XMN, 43.2 W2XQR, 43.5 W2XOR

Mar. 1, 1941: 42.8 W2XMN, 43.2 W2XQR, 43.5 W2XOR, 45.1 W2XWG

July 1, 1941: 42.8 W2XMN, 47.1 W71NY, 48.7 W2XQR

Oct. 12, 1941: 42.8 W2XMN, 45.1 W2XWG, 47.1 W71NY, 48.7 W2XQR

Mar. 1, 1942: 42.8 W2XMN, 44.7 W47NY, 45.1 W2XWG, 45.9 W2XQR, 47.1 W71NY.

Aug. 1, 1942: 42.8 W2XMN, 44.7 W47NY, 45.1 W2XWG, 45.9 W2XQR, 46.3 W63NY, 46.7 W67NY, 47.1 W71NY

Sept. 19, 1943: 42.8 W2XMN, 43.9 W39NY, 45.1 W2XWG, 45.9 W59NY, 46.3 W63NY, 47.5 W75NY.

Nov. 1, 1943: 42.8 W2XMN, 43.9 WNYC-FM, 45.1 W2XWG, 44.7 WGYN, 45.9 WQXQ, 46.3 WHNF, 46.7 WABC-FM, 47.1 WOR-FM, 47.5 WABF

Jan. 1, 1944: 42.3 W2XMN, 43.9 WNYC-FM, 44.7 WGYN, 45.9 WQXQ, 46.3 WHNF, 46.7 WABC-FM, 47.1 WBAM, 47.5 WABF

May 10, 1944: 42.3 W2XMN, 43.9 WNYC-FM, 44.7 WGYN, 45.1 W2XWG, 45.9 WQWQ, 46.3 WHNF, 46.7 WABC-FM, 47.1 WBAM, 47.5 WABF

Oct. 1, 1946: 42.8 W2XMN/WFMN, 45.9 WQXQ, 47.5 WABF, 92.1 W2XMN/WFMN, 95.3 WNYC-FM, 96.1 WGYN, 96.9 WABC-FM, 97.3 WEAF-FM, 98.5 WABF, 99.3 WMGM, 99.7 WGHF

Mar. 1, 1947: 44.1 & 92.1 W2XMN, 45.9 WQXQ, 47.5 & 98.5 WABF, 95.3 WNYC-FM, 96.1 WGYN, 96.9 WCBS-FM, 97.3 WNBC-FM, 99.3 WMGM, 99.7 WGHF

Sept. 7, 1947: 92.1 44.1 W2XMN, 93.9 WNYC-FM, 96.3 45.9 WQXQ, 96.9 WCBS-FM, 97.3 WNBC-FM, 98.1 WGYN, 98.5 47.5 WABF, 99.3 WMGM

Sept. 11, 1947: 47.5 98.5 WABF, 90.7 WFUV, 92.1 44.1 W2XMN, 93.9 WNYC-FM, 96.3 45.9 WQXQ, 97.3 WNBC-FM, 97.9 WGYN, 100.3 WMGM, 101.1 WCBS-FM

Sept. 21, 1947: 90.7 WFUV, 92.1 44.1 W2XMN, 93.9 WNYC-FM, 96.3 45.9 WQXQ, 97.3 WNBC-FM, 97.9 WGYN, 98.5 47.5 WABF, 100.3 WMGM, 101.1 WCBS-FM

Oct. 21, 1947: 90.7 WFUV, 92.1 44.1 W2XMN, 93.9 WNYC-FM, 96.3 45.9 WQXQ, 97.3 WNBC-FM, 97.9 WGYN, 98.7 WBAM, 99.5 WABF, 101.1 WCBS-FM, 101.9 WGHF

Jan. 1, 1948: 90.7 WFUV, 92.1 & 44.1 W2XMN, 93.9 WNYC-FM, 96.3 & 45.9 WQXQ, 97.3 WNBC-FM, 97.9 WGYN, 98.7 WBAM, 99.5 & 47.5 WABF, 100.3 WMGM, 101.1 WCBS-FM

Jan. 1, 1949: 90.7 WFUV, 93.1 W2XMN, 93.9 WNYC-FM, 92.3 WMCA-FM, 96.3 WQXR-FM, 97.1 WNBC-FM, 97.9 WGYN, 98.7 WOR-FM, 95.5 WJZ-FM, 99.5 WABF, 100.3 WMGM-FM, 101.1 WCBS-FM, 101.9 WGHF

Oct. 1, 1949: 90.7 WFUV, 92.3 WMCA-FM, 93.1 KE2XCC, 93.9 WNYC-FM, 95.3 WJZ-FM, 96.3 WQXR-FM, 97.1 WNBC-FM, 97.9 WGYN, 98.7 WOR-FM, 99.5 WABF, 100.3 WMGM-FM, 101.1 WCBS-FM, 101.9 WGHF-FM, 104.3 WFDR-FM

Sept. 11, 1953: 90.7 WFUV, 91.5 WNYE, 93.1 KE2XCC, 93.9 WNYC-FM, 95.5 WABC-FM, 96.3 WQXR-FM, 97.1 WNBC-FM, 97.9 WEVD-FM, 100.3 WNJR-FM, 101.1 WCBS-FM

Feb. 27, 1954: 90.7 WFUV, 91.5 WNYE, 92.3 WHOM-FM, 93.1 KE2XCC, 93.9 WNYC-FM, 95.5 WABC-FM, 96.3 WQXR-FM, 97.1 WNBC-FM, 97.9 WEVD-FM, 100.3 WMGM-FM, 101.1 WCBS-FM, 101.9 WGHF, 105.1 WWRL-FM

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