1050 WMGM Becomes WHN New York | February 28, 1962 | 8 Comments Previous Format: Top 40 “1050 WMGM” New Format: Middle Of The Road “1050 WHN” Date & Time Of Change: February 28, 1962 at 5:30pm More Info: Wikipedia, Las-Solanas Aircheck Via: WCPR1620 Related Posts WQXR Becomes X96.3 WXNY No Comments | Oct 8, 2009 Pulse 87 Signs-Off No Comments | Oct 30, 2009 105.9 WCAA Becomes WQXR 2 Comments | Oct 8, 2009 WFAS Becomes Radio 103.9 No Comments | Jul 4, 2014 8 Comments Jess February 28, 2012 Reply A very early and interesting format change. I have the last half hour of WMGM into WHN. The quality is the same as this, but complete. Joseph March 5, 2012 Reply But didn’t WHN last only a few years as a middle-of-the-road format, nowhere near as popular as it’s previous Top-40 incarnation, and flip to country?? Mike D. May 8, 2014 Reply I’m pretty sure this format lasted through the ’60s — WHN went country around ’72 or ’73. David February 2, 2015 Reply It did last through the rest of the 60s. WHN switched to country in February or March of 1973. Charlie Kaye March 10, 2012 Reply I spent 8 years at WHN in the 1970s but never heard the format change from WMGM. Thanks for this. And I always loved the original WHN jingle package. Never could find a complete copy… Ross September 29, 2013 Reply it made sense to get out of a 4-way top 40 battle with WINS, WABC, and WMCA at that time but I’m wondering if the change back to WHN and good music had something to do with George B. Storer who ran Storer Broadcasting, parent company of WMGM. David February 2, 2015 Reply Probably not, as Storer Broadcasting was very successful with rock ‘n’ roll, as evidenced by Top 40 stations WIBG Philadelphia and WTIX New Orleans, to name just two. By the way, that “4-way battle” would have been a 5-way battle had WADO been Top 40 full-time instead of from morning drive to early evening or so from its late 1959 sign-on (with Italian programming in evenings and R&B and jazz (in that order) overnights [all left over from WADO’s predecessor WOV until new owners moved the R&B shows from daytime to overnights and replaced them with Top 40 shows] and gradually replaced the pop and rock programs with more African-American and Italian and later Spanish programming]) until ’63, when it began its (initially) mostly- (and now all-) Spanish format. Never mind that its signal perhaps asn’t quite strong enough to compete properly with NYC’s full-time Top 40 rockers (even though WADO and WMCA were both 5,000 watts??, I believe?). Dave Vieser May 19, 2015 Reply The WHN jingle package was created by Roy Ross, who did many jingle packages in the 1960’s. For WHN, they used the Ray Charles Singers, However, other MOR stations throughout the country used different vocal groups, including the CRC Dallas singers. In retrospect, the format change to bland MOR was probably a big mistake. Storer would have been better streamlining their top 40 format and enjoying several years in competition with WMCA, WINS and WABC, before Group W pulled the plug on 1010 and the FM music stations began to emerge. But that’s all history now. Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name:* Email Address:* Website: Comment:* Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.