WCMF-FM 96.5 is a classic rock Rochester radio station that marks its 50th birthday this year. A pioneer of nationwide stature, WCMF is credited with breaking several rock acts into the mainstream and popularity through its rotation and promotion, embracing all genres of classic rock. WCMF is Rochester’s “heritage station,” a term in commercial radio that refers to a station that has broadcast a specific format for a sustained amount of time, while also maintaining the same branding and call letters. WCMF is one of only five FM rock stations in the country to never have changed its call letters or musical format for more than 50 years.
WCMF was originally owned locally under the name Community Music Service, Inc., hence the “CM” in its call letters. Today it is owned by Entercom Rochester, which is hosting a “Rockin’ for 50 Years” celebration throughout 2019 “to celebrate with the Rochester community who has accompanied us on this journey,” said Sue Munn, Entercom Rochester senior vice president and market manager.
Among the radio personalities and programs who brought WCMF to the forefront are Brother Wease, Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductee Uncle Roger, The Break Room in the Morning, Afternoons with WCMF Program Director Mud, and current WCMF personality Dave “Kane-O!” Kane.
Performance at the ceremony to honor WCMF: Announcement coming soon regarding the performers for this tribute during the ceremony