February 22 marks iHeartMedia’s legendary talk radio station, 710 WOR, The Voices of New York’s 100th anniversary since its first day on the air.
Established in 1922, 710 WOR has become a cornerstone of New York’s media landscape, providing the latest headlines and news.
“For more than 100 years, 710 WOR has remained one of New York’s most trusted media brands and has kept generations of listeners informed with the latest stories and breaking news,” said Bernie Weiss, President iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group – New York.
WOR was originally created to sell radios and other merchandise at the Bamberger department store in Newark, NJ. At a rapid pace, WOR has become the primary news and talk station in New York City and is the only remaining FCC-approved station in New York City to retain a three-letter call sign.
During its time as the station, countless notable public figures have appeared on WOR, including but not limited to Presidents Roosevelt and Reagan, Albert Einstein, Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, Roy Rogers, and First Ladies Rosalyn Carter and Barbara Bush.
WOR featured many famous hosts, including Larry King and his national nighttime radio show. WOR also holds the title of the first major radio station to feature three generations of one family as morning show hosts. The Gambling family hosted the morning show for over 80 years.
Currently, 710 WOR is a leading media in the New York market with multiple platforms such as broadcast stations, live events and many digital platforms.
“A station that’s been on the air for over a century is truly amazing,” said 710 WOR Programs Director Tom Cuddy. “710 WOR has a strong connection to the communities we serve, and as the media landscape continues to evolve, it’s exciting to see our reach continue to grow as WOR listeners embrace streaming on devices. devices and the iHeartRadio app.”
To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the station plans to share historic moments from WOR’s storied history on-air and online. Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the morning will kick off the celebrations by interviewing hosts at different times in WOR’s history to share memories of their time at the station. The hosts will also invite listeners to call in and share their favorite memories and memories.
The celebration continues the next day, February 23. See the Empire State Building illuminated in the colors of the 710 WOR logo from 5:40 p.m. in honor of the station and its influence on New York media.