The 7 Best Albany Radio Stations

From news and sports coverage to rock n’ roll and today’s top hits, these are Albany’s seven best radio stations.
Written by Melanie Johnson
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
From public radio on 90.3 FM WAMC, oldies on 99.5 The River, to today’s top hits on KISS 102.3, these are the seven best radio stations to enjoy in Albany, New York.
A great radio station is essential. Whether it’s your morning commute or afternoon rush hour, you turn to the radio for news and traffic updates, as well as for fun music. Thankfully,
New York
has a range of radio stations to choose from. 
We understand the importance of a quality radio station. That’s why we put together a handy-dandy guide to AM and FM stations in your area. Let’s dive into the best seven radio stations in Albany!
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The best news and talk radio stations in Albany

For breakingnews, traffic updates, sports coverage, arts and entertainment, and more, here are the topthree radio stations for keeping you informed in Albany. 

90.3 WAMC: Northeast public radio

Call sign: WAMC
Frequency: 90.3 FM
is a National Public Radio (NPR) member and an affiliate station of Public Radio International. The station broadcasts updates from the
BBC World Service
from midnight until 5 am. The
Morning Edition
is from 5 am to 9 am, and NPR’s flagship program,
All Things Considered
, runs from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Fox Sports 980: sports coverage

Call sign: WOFX
Frequency: 640 AM
is the Fox Sports Radio affiliated station for the Capital District, Adirondacks, and Berkshires. In addition to programming sports-related news, the station offers play-by-play coverage of local and state sporting events. Go Yankees! Go Knicks! Go Jets! 

Exit 97.7/106.1: listener-supported public radio

Call sign: WEXT
Frequency: 97.7 FM
is owned by WMHT Educational Telecommunications and broadcasts programming from NPR, American Public Media, and Public Radio Exchange. It’s listener-supported public radio, so if you enjoy it, donate! Tune in for hosts Dave Michaels at 5 am, KC Morris at 10 am, and Chris Wienk at 3 pm.
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The best music radio stations in Albany

You’re all caught up on current events and now…you want to rock out. We get it. Here are Albany’s top four music stations. 

99.5 The River: 80s, 90s, and today

Call sign: WRVE
Frequency: 99.5 FM
99.5 The River
is your go-to station for the 80s, 90s, and today’s top hits. Check out
The River Morning Show
from 5 am to 10 am every weekday morning and then listen to a mix of adultcontemporarymusic all other hours. 
Fun fact: The River is one of the nation’s oldest FM radio stations. Great jams and history—can’t beat it! 

PYX 106: classic rock

Call sign: WPYX
Frequency: 106.5 FM
Maybe rock n’ roll is more your speed. If so, you’ve got to check out
PYX 106
, Albany’s classicrock station. The
Quinn & Cantara Morning Show
goes from 5:30 am to 10 am and then it’s just classic rock hits all day long. As an additional (slightly random) perk, the station covers New York Giants football games.

98.3 TRY: greatest hits… and Christmas classics 

Call sign: WTRY
Frequency: 98.3 FM 
Sometimes you just want to jam out to what you know. For those moments, turn to
—a greatesthits station. Tune in for
Jaime in the Morning
from 6 am to 10 am and then the
Martha Quinn Morning Show
from 10 am to 3 pm. 
And who doesn’t love “Rockin’ around the Christmas tree”? The station switches to Christmas music from early November until Christmas Day. 

KISS 102.3: top 40 hits and more

Call sign: WKKF
Frequency: 102.3 FM 
And then there’s
—“Albany’s station for all the hits.” A Top 40 station, KISS plays newpopular music. Check out the always delightful
Ryan Seacrest
from 10 am until 2 pm throughout the week.
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will have those news updates you crave.
broadcasts NPR programming, as well.
You bet.
99.5 The River
offers music from the 80s, 90s, and today. If rock is more your speed,
PYX 106
has all the classicrock you can dream of.
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