WABC (770 AM) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to New York City, New York, United States. Owned by Audacy, Inc., the station airs a news/talk format. WABC’s studios are located at One Worldwide Plaza in Midtown Manhattan, and its transmitter is located in Buchanan, New York.
WABC first signed on the air on September 18, 1927, as WJZ. The station was originally owned by the New York Journal-American and carried a variety of programming, including music, news, and sports. In 1943, WJZ was acquired by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). The station adopted the call sign WABC in 1955.
WABC was one of the most powerful radio stations in the United States during its early years. The station’s signal reached all of New York City and much of the surrounding area. WABC was also one of the most popular radio stations in the country, with a lineup of top-rated programs, including “The Arthur Godfrey Show” and “The Camel News Caravan.”
In the 1960s, WABC began to shift its focus to news and talk programming. The station’s news coverage was known for its comprehensiveness and accuracy. WABC also featured a strong lineup of talk shows, including “The Barry Gray Show” and “The Joe Franklin Show.”
WABC remained one of the most popular radio stations in New York City throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The station’s news coverage was essential to New Yorkers during the September 11th terrorist attacks. WABC also played a major role in covering the 2004 presidential election.
In recent years, WABC has faced increasing competition from other news/talk stations in New York City, such as WINS and WOR. However, WABC remains one of the most listened-to radio stations in the city. The station’s commitment to quality journalism and its strong lineup of programming make it a must-listen for anyone who wants to be up-to-date on the latest news and events.
Here are some of the notable personalities who have worked at WABC:
WABC has been involved in a number of controversies over the years. In 1994, the station was fined $100,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for airing a homophobic slur. In 2004, the station was fined $25,000 for airing a racial slur.