Here’s an earlier entry about “New York’s One and Only All-News Station” — the legendary 1010 WINS.
Before 1010 WINS in New York City was “All News, All the Time,” it was one of the country’s first rock-and-roll stations.
WGBS signed on in 1924, owned by Gimbel’s Department Store. William Randolph Hearst bought it in 1932, changing the call letters to WINS, which referred to Hearst’s “International News Service.”
Crosley bought WINS in 1945, then sold it in 1953 to Gotham Broadcasting Corporation. WINS started playing rock music. Legendary broadcasters like Alan Freed and Murray “the K” Kaufman were some of the early WINS disc jockeys. Here’s a sample of WINS from 1960:
Westinghouse bought WINS in 1962. By that time, WINS was fending off three other stations for New York City’s rock audience. WMCA, WMGM and WABC all were airing Top 40 and rock music. WMGM bailed on Top 40/rock in 1962 and flipped to a beautiful music format under its former WHN call letters.
By 1963, WMCA became New York’s No. 1 Top 40 station. WINS’ ratings slid below WMCA and WABC.
On April 19, 1965, Westinghouse pulled the plug on the Top 40 format at WINS. The final song was “Out in the Streets” by The Shangri-Las. WINS became the nation’s third all-news radio station.
Many observers predicted WINS would fail as other early all-news stations had. Westinghouse poured resources into the format and succeeded, It flipped two other stations, KYW in Philadelphia and KFWB in Los Angeles, to a similar format.
Soon, CBS decided to complete in the all-news arena. It flipped WINS rival WCBS toward an all-news format in 1967, eventually becoming a full-time all-news station in 1970. CBS expanded the all-news format to other owned stations around the country, including KNX in Los Angeles and WBBM in Chicago. NBC tried an all-news approach in the mid 1970s called “News and Information Service,” but it shut down after two years.
In 1995, Westinghouse purchased CBS, making sister stations out of longtime rivals WINS and WCBS in New York. The two stations continue their all-news formats, but gear them toward different audiences. WINS has a harder approach, providing more of a headline service. It has stronger ratings in New York City itself. WCBS has a more conversational style, which does well with suburban listeners. Both remain highly-rated stations and are among the nation’s biggest-billing radio stations.
Listening to a WINS broadcast today is not radically different from the station’s early days. The teletype sound effect, the slogans (“All news, all the time,” “The newswatch never stops,” “Listen 2, 3, 4 times a day,” “You give us 22 minutes, we’ll give you the world”) and the basic 20-minute wheel format have remained in place for nearly 50 years.
This site offers a fascinating look at WINS’ format and sound (including other NYC radio news operations) from 1978.
Source: Wikipedia (WINS-AM)
Here’s an extremely classy 1964 ad for New York City’s legendary WMCA-AM. Click here to read more about its history.
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Publicidad de los Jardines del Pedregal, México DF 1963, mostrando la Casa Rebeca Zapata-Ildefonso Buendía (calle del Fuego 957)
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Advertisement for the Gardens of Pedregal, Mexico CIty 1963