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Great Western Railway Ltd. Canadian Trackside Guide ed. List of Canadian railways. Retrieved from " https: Julian Park, from the University of Buffalo. WMAK ceased operations in WGR Corporation bought several other television and radio stations in the s, and eventually became known as Transcontinent Broadcasting. Transcontinent merged with Taft Broadcasting in During its days as a full service radio station, its roster of personalities included "Buffalo Bob" Smith , later famous for TV's Howdy Doody children's show, and popular national TV and nightclub comedian Foster Brooks.
In , Taft sold WGR and WGRF to Rich Communications, which was part of the Robert Rich family's business holdings, which also included a major processed-food company and with it, naming rights for the Buffalo Bills stadium then [now called New Era Field ] and a venture applying for a National League expansion baseball franchise for which WGR was projected to be flagship station of the team's projected network.
Although the Rich interests were the National League's choice for the new franchise they dropped out of the competition for an expansion team set to begin play in which ultimately went to Denver, Colorado as the Colorado Rockies for cost reasons. Soon after, WGR was eventually spun off to new owners.
Syndicated talk radio host Leslie Marshall , controversial talk radio host J. Jesse Ventura was at one time a candidate to host a show on the station, but lost out to Dobson. Sinclair Broadcast Group sold its entire radio division to Entercom Communications in In February , WGR became an all-sports talk radio station.
Chuck Dickerson maintained his afternoon drive show. Anne Burke, a frequent caller to the station's talk shows, joined Bob Gaughan to co-host middays. Mike Maniscalco and later Brad Riter hosted the evening shift. The two stations battled for listeners and the rights to broadcast sporting events.
Several teams' broadcasts bounced between the two stations, such as the Bandits, New York Yankees , and Buffalo Destroyers. Schopp was at first teamed with Chuck Dickerson in afternoon drive. In , the Sabres and WGR renewed their broadcast agreement through , and Yankees rights were dropped by WGR also tried to lure John Murphy , but because he was also at the time the radio host of the Bills, his contract prevented him from hosting the slot.
Williams left the station in early to enter the sales industry. As part of the deal, John Murphy began hosting a nightly talk show dedicated to the Bills on nights when the Sabres did not play. At the same time, Kevin Sylvester also returned to the station as the host of a daily Sabres-oriented talk show, Hockey Hotline , which last aired in A regional sports channel for Western New York, the channel includes both Sabres and Bills programming.
WGR's broadcast signal broadcasts at a power of 5, watts. At night, the signal is shifted to a directional north-to-south pattern aimed toward Toronto, Ontario.
In , WGR resumed streaming its programming on the Internet after a four-year hiatus. Much of the other sports programming WGR carried in the evening hours was displaced by The John Murphy Show , particularly the station's "Friday Night Lights" high school football package and select games from the Buffalo Bisons and, in various years, the New York Yankees.