World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


City of license Albany, New York
Broadcast area Capital District
Branding B95.5
Slogan One Great Song After Another (primary)
The Best Variety of Yesterday and Today (secondary)
Frequency 95.5 MHz
First air date 1959 (as WROW-FM)
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 12,000 watts
HAAT 312.0 meters
Class B
Facility ID 836
Transmitter coordinates
Callsign meaning None; randomly assigned by the FCC
Former callsigns WROW-FM (1959-12/29/1993)
Owner Pamal Broadcasting
(6 Johnson Road Licenses, Inc.)
Sister stations WAJZ, WFLY, WKLI, WROW, WINU
Webcast Listen Live

WYJB (95.5 FM, "B95.5") is an adult contemporary (with a slight lean towards Hot AC) formatted radio station licensed to Albany, New York and serving New York's Capital District as well as the surrounding areas, including the Adirondacks. The station is owned by Pamal Broadcasting, and broadcasts at a power of 12 kilowatts effective radiated power (ERP) from the Helderberg Mountains antenna farm in New Scotland.


  • Programming 1
  • History 2
    • 1950s–1993: WROW-FM 2.1
    • 1994–present: WYJB 2.2
  • External links 3


WYJB's adult contemporary format is a direct evolution of WROW-FM's former easy listening format, which began in the early 1960s. The station has had an adult contemporary format since 1991, originally strictly Soft AC, evolving towards mainstream AC and eventually developing a slight Hot AC lean in recent years. The station has been #1 overall in several books since its launch, and its primary competitors are WRVE (99.5 The River) and WJKE (101.3 The Jockey, a rimshot in the Saratoga/Glens Falls area).

As of September 2012, the station staff is: The B95.5 Breakfast Club with Bill Fox and Suzy Garcia (6:00 am–10:00 am), Lynn Wilson (10:00 am–3:00 pm), Chad O'Hara (3:00 pm–7:00 pm), and the syndicated Delilah weeknight show (7:00 pm–midnight).


1950s–1993: WROW-FM

The 95.5 frequency, originally allocated to the unbuilt WXKW-FM in 1950, signed on in 1959 as WROW-FM, sister to Capital Cities Communications flagship WROW and initially simulcasting the AM's programming. After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) forced FM stations to originate their own programming in 1967, it aired a time-delayed variation of the AM's easy listening format. This arrangement remained until after Capital Cities sold the WROW stations in 1983, at which point the FM became the primary station which the AM largely simulcasted.

With the decline of easy listening formats in the late 1980s, WROW-FM evolved to a Soft AC format as EZ95.5 in early 1991 with easy listening moving solely to the AM side. Though with a good signal in comparison to rival WKLI-FM, the easy listening heritage of the 95.5 frequency proved to be detrimental to the growth of the station. In late 1993, the WROW stations were sold to Albany Broadcasting (forerunner to today's Pamal Broadcasting), at which point an overhaul of the station took place.

1994–present: WYJB

On January 3, 1994, EZ95.5 relaunched with a more mainstream AC sound as The New B95.5 with the WYJB calls coming into effect several days prior. Within five years of the launch, the station became the death knell for the weaker WKLI signal's AC format (and also many of its future rival stations, including a K-Lite revival on 94.5 FM and Buzz 105.7).

In 2001, Delilah was added to the station in the evenings after WKLI (then on 94.5 FM) flipped to classic rock; and continued to develop a slight Hot AC lean, even more so with sister station WCPT (now WKLI-FM) changing to a soft AC/standards format. Five years later, the long-time morning show Chuck and Kelly moved to competitor WBZZ (originally on 104.5, later on 105.7), and Ric Mitchell and Laura Daniels (formerly of WFLY) were named Chuck and Kelly's replacements. In 2010, Ric Mitchell left WYJB with Chuck Taylor returning to the morning show shortly after, but from when WBZZ dumped adult contemporary that year, it left WYJB and rimshot competitor WQAR (now WJKE) as Albany's only adult contemporary radio stations.

On November 9, 2011, the station flipped to Christmas music for the first time, in response to the flip of nearby oldies station WTRY-FM to all-Christmas the same day. Shortly after Christmas, the station tweaked into more of a Hot AC sound with new slogans and jingles; however, the station still reports as adult contemporary on Nielsen BDS and Mediabase charts.

External links

  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WYJB
  • Radio-Locator information on WYJB
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WYJB
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.