WBLK at 93.7FM has had just one format and the same set of call letters since its first day of broadcasting in December 1964. It was founded by legendary Buffalo radio personality George
Hound Dog Lorenz. The Hound replicated the rhythm and blues format he pioneered a decade earlier on WKBW Radio and was a presence on WBLK from its founding until his untimely
death in 1972.
The Lorenz family continued to own WBLK following George’s death. It was managed by his son, Frank. In 1995, the station was sold to what was then known as American Radio Systems. It’s now owned by Townsquare Media. WBLK’s studios and transmitter are located in the Rand Building downtown.
Some famous names have graced the WBLK airwaves through the years: Bradley J. Cool, Ron Baskin, Don Robinson, Don Allen Sr. and Jr., Freddie Patrick, Doug Blakely and Debbie Sims.
Today, syndicated host Tom Joyner airs during morning drive. Other members of the on-air staff include Program Director Chris Reynolds, Jazzy T, Todd Anderson and Brian James.
WBLK’s urban format features hip hop, rhythm and blues, gospel and soul. According to Wikipedia, WBLK is the oldest urban radio station in the United States. For many years now, it has consistently ranked in the top three of Buffalo radio stations as rated by Nielsen (formerly, Arbitron).
The Buffalo Broadcasters Association is proud to recognize WBLK for both the founding Lorenz family and as the station celebrates 50 years of service to the Buffalo area.