Albany Radio (was FCC applications...)

Rick Kelly
Mon Feb 15 17:23:50 EST 2010

Last I heard, Boom Boom was still alive.  He does not own the 1160 anymore.

-Rick Kelly

On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 2:37 PM, Dan.Strassberg <> wrote:
> I don't know whether Brannigan is still living; ISTR reading somewhere
> that he had died, but don't take my word for it. He DID however (and
> if he is still living, may still) own the AM 1160 in Mechanicville. I
> think it now has the WABY calls; those calls having been relinquished
> by 1400 in Albany when it was acquired by WAMC. I believe 1400 is now
> WAMC (AM) and the FM (on Mt Greylock) is now WAMC-FM.
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> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dave Doherty" <>
> To: "Dan.Strassberg" <>; "A. Joseph Ross"
> <>
> Cc: "boston Radio Interest" <>
> Sent: Monday, February 15, 2010 2:26 PM
> Subject: Albany Radio (was FCC applications...)
>> WOKO switched from MOR to country in late 1969 or early 1970.
>> About that time, WPTR was a rock station, shouting about serving the
>> "Quad Cities" and making much mystery about the fourth city -
>> Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and...  (Moline?  Bettendorf? Oh, yeah,
>> Saratoga.)  Roy Urbinas had an airshift at WPTR, maybe mornings. He
>> eventually went north and worked at WIRY in Plattsburgh.  The
>> afternoon drive guy was "Boom-Boom" Brannigan.  I think Don Weeks
>> might have worked there also between gigs at WTRY and WGY and a
>> stint as a weatherman. And for a while, nights were the province of
>> the "Wild Child..."  WPTR was an exciting place in those days, and a
>> lot of the area's rock jocks took a turn there.
>> I don't recall Dave Denny and his wife at all, though. I was not a
>> country fan, though I did stay with WOKO for a while after the big
>> switch.
>> -d

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