1010 WINS is a radio station based in New York City that provides news, traffic, and weather updates 24/7. It is one of the oldest and most well-known radio stations in the United States, having been founded in 1965.
The station’s name, “1010 WINS,” comes from its original format of broadcasting 10 minutes of news and information followed by 60 seconds of commercials, with the “wins” part of the name standing for “wins news.” Today, the station still follows a similar format, providing up-to-the-minute news coverage every 10 minutes.
1010 WINS is known for its distinctive sounder, a four-note sequence played on a xylophone, which is used to signal the start of a news update. The sounder has become synonymous with the station and is instantly recognizable to many listeners.
In addition to its news coverage, 1010 WINS also provides frequent traffic and weather updates, particularly during rush hour and during severe weather events. The station also covers major events in New York City, such as parades, sports games, and political rallies.
Over the years, many famous journalists and broadcasters have worked for 1010 WINS, including Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, and John Gambling. Today, the station continues to be a trusted source of news and information for millions of listeners in the New York metropolitan area.