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  • WHAM is a clear-channel talk radio station in Rochester, New York, owned by iHeartMedia, Inc.. Its 50,000-watt transmitter is located in Chili, New York, and the station broadcasts on 1180 kHz. Its studios are located at One Seneca Center in downtown Rochester. The station first went on the air July 11, 1922. While not the first station to be licensed to the Rochester market, it is the oldest surviving station in the area. The selection of the "WHAM" call letters came from a suggestion from industrialist George Eastman. He helped the University of Rochester launch the station and thought the "WHAM" name would prove to be a clever marketing tool. WHAM increased its power to 25,000 watts March 4, 1933. A ceremony marking the event included a three-hour broadcast from the Eastman Theatre with "a galaxy of stars" participating. The station's 50,000-watt signal covers most of the eastern half of North America at night. WHAM has ties to two of the city's television stations. It spawned the city's first station, WHAM-TV, in 1949; that station is now WROC-TV, the area's CBS affiliate.

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