99.5 WGY-FM

QuickChexx: Steve Novak, WGY-FM “Oldies 99.5” Schenectady NY | Winter 1992

Contributor Steve Bleecker is featured here in this short example of the relatively short-lived Oldies format at the former WGY-FM 99.5. Licensed to Schenectady NY, this signal serves the Albany/Troy market in upstate New York. This is a clean, interference free recording made by our Contributor. We don’t have anything else here of this era of 99.5. The competition was fierce between WGY-FM and 98.3 WTRY, and both radio stations evolved out of their AM sister stations – WGY-FM from what became News/Talk 81 WGY and WTRY from 980 WTRY, one of Albany’s original, long running Top 40 stations of the 1960s and 1970s. Steve Bleecker going by the name of Steve Novak. He is currently retired and living in California. Be sure to follow the highlighted hyperlinks to hear more from S...

Steve Chick, WGY-FM “Electric 99” | November, 1988

Around 1982 or 83, WGY-FM was a CHR station that quite suddenly appeared as a new Capital Region top 40 station known as “Electric 99”. The station entered a hit music race largely dominated by WFLY 92.3, which was the FM sister station of former Top 40 giant 1540 WPTR. This aircheck was made towards the end of the station’s days as WGY-FM, as 99.5 would change call letters to WGFM very shortly after this recording was made. The on air name would also change from Electric 99 to WGFM concurrently. This would last until March of 1994, when the CHR era ended, as 99.5 flipped to AAA as WRVE, “The River”, a format that continues as of this writing. In a twist of irony that could only happen in today’s corporate dominated radio business, 103.1 FM is NOW WGY-FM...

Steve Novack, Oldies 99.5 WGY-FM Albany (Schenectady) NY | 1992

Contributor Steve Bleecker submitted this skimmer tape of himself as Steve Novack on the old WGY-FM, which at the time was one of two Oldies outlets in the Capital Distrcit. Steve Writes: Wow…it’s mid February- early March 1992, and I’m Doing weekends at THE Legendary WGY…The “FM Side” ! So COLD to get into my Car in Albany…and Drive to Schenectady , in Frigid Early Saturday /Sunday Morning Temperatures…But SO COOL to walk past the WGY On-Air Studio of so MANY Radio Legends ! At the time, Don Weeks did Weekday Mornings…but, on the WEEKEND mornings…I would “Wave” to Paul Cassidy (Tragically, Paul passed away just a few years later…Heart Surgery, that went Devastatingly Wrong…R I P, Dear Paul…such a ver...

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