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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — At the recent “Serving New York Awards” and “Excellence in Broadcasting Awards” luncheon in Albany, a handful of Capital Region Radio and Television stations were recognized for the extraordinary efforts of New York State’s Broadcasters in serving the public interest every day.

Saratoga’s Star Radio 93.3 FM, 1160 AM, and streaming at was honored for their dedication to serving the community through the months of the pandemic. They were recognized for each of the following:

1) A station promotion in support of local business and the local economy during the pandemic. Star Radio on 93.3FM and 1160AM created a campaign to help local businesses advertise their company’s reopening through an enter-to-win $10,000 Marketing Campaign Contest. There were three prizes awarded worth $10,000, $5,000 and $2500.

2) In an effort to connect and inform the community of what was happening as news of the COVID-19 outbreak emerged, Star Radio combined with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and other leaders in the community for COVID-19-A Special Broadcast. A host of local representatives, medical experts, and more, were invited to come together over the air to inform and answer questions from the Saratoga community about Coronavirus.

3) Throughout the months at the height of the pandemic, Saratoga’s Star Radio offered daily COVID-19 Special Reports, working with the Saratoga County Health Department. The daily reports informed listeners about the latest COVID-19 trends and infection rates. The Daily reports were voiced by Star Radio’s award-winning announcer Walt Adams, researched and written by Moss Arden, produced by Star’s Co-owner, Ricki Lee, and sponsored by Quick Response Restoration.

The New York State Broadcaster Association’s President, David Donovan, commented, “Our purpose in honoring our Capital Region media sources with ‘Serving New York Awards’ was to pay tribute to those radio and television stations who stood out in their service to their listening communities during a time of crisis. Saratoga’s Star Radio and the Loud Media LLC Group were deserving of recognition for their accomplishments in this regard.”

Accepting the NYSBA Award for the Loud Media Group, Walt Adams said, “It was an honor to be recognized by the NYSB Association. This was a shining example of the important role local radio can play in the community during an emergency.”

General Manager Fran Dingeman added, “Our station and staff are committed every day to serving the local community with great music, local news, weather, and information updates, that interest our audience in and surrounding the Saratoga area. We are grateful for the recognition given to us by the New York State Broadcasters Association.”

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Radio station in Mechanicville–Albany, New York

Radio station in Mechanicville, New York

WSSV (1160 kHz) is a commercialAMradio stationlicensed to Mechanicville, New York, and serving the Capital District. The station broadcasts a classic hitsradio format and is owned by Loud Media.[1]

By day, WSSV is powered at 5,000 watts. But because 1160 AM is a clear channel frequency reserved for KSL in Salt Lake City, WSSV must greatly reduce power at night to 570 watts.[2] It uses a non-directional antenna at all times. Programming is also heard on FM translatorW227DW at 93.3 MHz in Saratoga Springs.


In 1973, the station signed on the air as WMVI. It broadcast at 1170 kHz with 250 watts, daytime only. It was originally owned by John Farrina and had an adult standards and big band format. Early disc jockeys included Don Kirby, John Butler, and René Tetro. WMVI had a race wire installed for its DJs to broadcast thoroughbred and harness racing results, three times per hour from 1 pm until sign off, a unique feature in the Albany region. This helped the station gain an audience while competing with larger Albany stations, especially with the Saratoga Race Course nearby.

WPTR legend "Boom Boom Branigan" (Joe Motto), who also owned other small AM stations around the Northeast U.S., purchased WMVI in 1979. Following the change in ownership, the station had a hybrid format of oldies and standards, which underwent little change until the early 1990s. During the late 1980s, WMVI had secured a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to switch to 1160 kHz with 50,000 watts daytime power and modest nighttime power. However, ownership could not afford the upgrades the station needed for the high-power directional operation. The permit was left to expire.

Later, WMVI did secure another permit to switch to 1160 kHz with 5,000 watts days and 570 watts nights, non-directional. Coming under Branigan's ownership once again in late 1995, WMVI returned after a brief dark period. It had an oldies/variety format which featured Branigan himself as the centerpiece of the station. Though the format proved popular with local listeners, the station had a difficult time retaining advertising accounts due to repeated transmitter and telephone line failures. This forced the station off the air repeatedly, sometimes for days at a time. As station employees moved to more secure jobs and operating funds became scarce, Branigan leased the station in 1998 to a group which aired Urban Gospel music. Again, money shortages and aging, unreliable equipment forced Branigan to sell the station outright.

In August 2000, Anastos Media (owned by TV newscaster Ernie Anastos) bought WMVI. The company fixed the transmitter and equipment problems and brought it back on the air, playing 1960s–1970s hits as "Sunny 1160." It later entered into a simulcast with co-owned pop-standards station WUAM [900 AM]] in Saratoga Springs. Two years later, WMVI would take the abandoned WABYcall sign as a tribute to the popular Top 40 station of the 1960s and 70s in Albany. The WUAM portion of the simulcast ended in April 2008, when AM 900 began carrying the audio from local cable TV news outlet Capital News 9.

Anastos sold his Albany-area stations, WABY, WQAR, WVKZ, WUAM and its translator W291BY, to Empire Broadcasting Corporation in June 2012, at a purchase price of $1.2 million.[3] The transaction was consummated on September 7, 2012. W291BY would later switch its originating station from WUAM to WABY.

In May 2014, WABY began simulcasting on sister WUAM, which stopped carrying Capital News 9. On June 23, WABY began stunting with Gregorian chants. On June 26, at 4 pm, the station adopted an adult hits format, branded as "Mix 106.1."[4] On June 26, 2014, the WABY call letters moved to WUAM, while 1160 adopted the WAIX calls to match the "Mix" branding. On June 27, 2016, WAIX changed their format from adult hits to business news, branded as "Empire News Network".[5]

On June 1, 2017, WAIX changed their format from business news (which is still airing on WPTR 1240 AM Schenectady) to adult album alternative, branded as "106.1 The X".[6] On March 12, 2018, WAIX changed their format from adult album alternative to hot adult contemporary, branded as "106.1 The Jockey".[7] On May 15, 2018, WAIX and its sister AM stations went silent (off the air).[8]

On May 6, 2019, Loud Media's Saratoga Radio LLC filed to acquire WSSV from Empire Broadcasting.[9] Saratoga Radio LLC relaunched the station on May 15, 2019, as Saratoga's "Star Radio".[10]

On May 27, 2019, WAIX changed its call sign to WSSV.

Previous logos[edit]

WAIX EmpireNewsNetwork logo.jpg


  1. ^"WSSV Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
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  3. ^Pickney, Barbara (June 14, 2012). "Joe Reilly purchases 4 Albany area radio stations". The Business Review. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
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  5. ^Albany Trio Switches to Business Radioinsight - June 29, 2016
  6. ^AAA 106.1 Debuts in Albany Radioinsight - June 1, 2017
  7. ^The Jockey Returns to Albany Radioinsight - March 12, 2018
  8. ^Trio of Albany AMs Go Silent Radioinsight - May 17, 2018
  9. ^FCC Website - May 6, 2019
  10. ^- Star Radio

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