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WNED-FM (94.5 MHz) is a non-commercial radio station licensed to Buffalo, New York. WNED-FM offers a classical music radio format. It is owned by the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (formerly the Western New York Educational TV Association), which also operates PBS network affiliate Channel 17 WNED-TV and FM 88.7 WBFO (which offers a news/talk format and programming from NPR). While WNED-FM airs no commercials, it does conduct periodic pledge drives on the air to seek donations for the station. WNED-FM has local hosts in most day-parts, including weekends.

WNED-FM / WNJA
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CityWNED-FM: Buffalo, New York
WNJA: Jamestown, New York
Broadcast areaWestern New York/Toronto
BrandingClassical 94.5 WNED
SloganYour Classical Music Station
FrequencyWNED-FM: 94.5 MHz
WNJA: 89.7 MHz
First air dateWNED-FM: June 6, 1960; 59 years ago (1960-06-06)
WNJA: January 18, 1991; 28 years ago (1991-01-18)
FormatClassical music
ERPWNED-FM: 94,000 watts
WNJA: 6,000 watts
HAATWNED-FM: 220.5 meters (723 feet)
WNJA: 230 meters (755 feet)
ClassWNED-FM: B
WNJA: B
Facility IDWNED-FM: 27669
WNJA: 71913
Callsign meaningWNED-FM: same as WNED-TV
WNJA: WNED JAmestown
Former callsignsWNED-FM:
WEBR-FM (1960-early 1970s)
WBCE (early 1970s-?)
WREZ (?-1977)
OwnerWestern New York Public Broadcasting Association
Sister stationsWBFO, WNED-TV
WebcastListen Live
Websitewned.org/classical

Programming on WNED-FM is simulcast on WNJA 89.7 FM in Jamestown, New York for listeners in Southwestern New York and some parts of Pennsylvania. WNED's studios and offices are at Horizons Plaza on Lower Terrace in Buffalo, and the transmitter is off Zimmerman Road in Hamburg, New York.[1] WNED-FM and TV also maintain an office in Toronto for listeners and contributors in Canada.

Superpower StatusEdit

WNED-FM is a grandfathered "Superpower" Class B FM radio station, operating at 94,000 watts. WNED-FM is one of three Buffalo superpower FM stations: 92.9 WBUF, 99.5 WDCX-FM and 102.5 WTSS. Under current U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules, Class B FM's are not allowed to exceed 50,000 watts ERP. WNED-FM at one time broadcast at 105,000 watts; when it increased its antenna height some years ago, it also reduced its power. WNED-FM's signal extends into Canada; as such, the station has listeners in Toronto and around the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario.

HistoryEdit

WNED-FM first signed on as a commercial radio station on June 6, 1960, with the call letters WEBR-FM.[2] It was a sister station to AM 970 WEBR (now WDCZ). In the early 1970s, WEBR-FM was renamed WBCE and then WREZ. In 1975, the Western New York Educational TV Association bought it and AM 970 WEBR, turning both stations into non-commercial operations. In 1977, 94.5 was renamed WNED-FM and began offering a classical music format that same year. WNED-FM is the only station exclusively broadcasting classical music 24 hours a day in the Buffalo media market.

Local programmingEdit

WNED-FM has an extensive music library, which allows the station to produce local programming for most of its broadcast day. It collaborates with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and other local ensembles as well as local school music departments.

Other mediaEdit

In addition to broadcasting on 94.5 and 89.7 FM, WNED can be heard online at wned.org/classical, on smart speaker systems via Radio By Tunein, a smart-phone app, via digital television through a subchannel of WNED-TV, and in Toronto on Rogers Cable Digital channel 938.

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