NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fifty years ago Sunday, an iconic news radio station was born.
To commemorate 1010 WINS’ anniversary, the Empire State Building was lit in blue, white and gold Sunday night.READ MORE: Reopenings Continue On Broadway As 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Resumes Performances
According to pioneering former General Manager Joel Chaseman, 1010 WINS’ switch to an all-news format came after Westinghouse Broadcasting expressed concerns in 1964 with the New York radio station it had purchased two years earlier.
“The essence of it was they bought the wrong station, and they were desperate,” Chaseman said.
Chaseman said Westinghouse didn’t like owning a rock ‘n’ roll station, especially not the No. 3 rock ‘n’ roll station in town.
So Westinghouse decided to launch New York’s first all-news station.Democratic Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams Unveils Plan To Protect New Yorkers From Flooding, Climate Change Threats
The rehearsals, however, were not encouraging.
“We had the most boring, droning, monotonous broadcasts you could imagine,” Chaseman recalled.
But on April 19, 1965, Chaseman presented the new format to the world, and 1010 WINS became the nation’s first successful all-news radio station.