WEBO-AM Restores Reach To Southern Tier

By Jared Kaplan

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 6, 2007 at 5:51 PM EST

WEBO-AM in Owego went on the air nearly 50 years ago.

People tuned in.

"I remember it from the very beginning when it was on the OEM dial," says one listener.

"I remember the old WEBO days. That was the station my parents listened to," says another listener.

But over the years, it lost its local touch.

WEBO was airing mostly syndicated shows,

By 2003 it had become a low power station, transmitting through these wires as an antenna.

It barely reached all of Owego.

Then, Dave Radigan bought WEBO last year.

"When we purchased the station, we knew we wanted to bring it back and restore the station to full power," says Radigan.

It's signal now broadcasts from this new 190 foot tower off Montrose Turnpike.

WEBO's transmitter building was hauled a mile down the road to the new site.

Listeners from Binghamton to Elmira can now tune in on AM channel 1330.

The News and Sports director says WEBO will continue to expand its coverage.

"The response we've gotten from the community is excellent. We started with Owego Free Football went on to Basketball and 16 local newscasts a day. It's amazing to see the response," says Chris Schmidt of WEBO-AM.

The giant tower is just one step in WEBO's expansion.

It plans to grow its staff further and once again be a major part of the Southern Tier.

The Tioga Chamber of Commerce tells Action News WEBO's expansion will also help local businesses advertise.

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