MacArthur to get radio station?

English: Entrance .
Would you go to an airport, even though you weren’t going anywhere? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m not sure I understand the logic of this move.  It looks like MacArthur airport is going to get a radio station:

At its regular meeting last week, the Islip Town Board approved several agenda items affecting the Ronkonkoma airport, including one that will allow Supervisor Tom Croci to enter into a contract with JVC Broadcasting to host a 24-hour radio station in an empty baggage services office in the airport’s main terminal.

Airport Commissioner Robert Schaefer said JVC Broadcasting would be offered a five-year license agreement with a five-year renewal option. He said the station is scheduled to air by Labor Day.

“I’m trying to get activity into the airport,” Schaefer said. “I want people to come into the airport even though they’re not flying.”

Whoa, wait a second, you want people to come to the airport even though they’re not flying anywhere?  Do you know how much it costs to park at the airport for the day?  Even if it’s just to “hang out?”  What about the plans to turn MacArthur into an international airport?  How is it going to handle the increased air traffic along with all the people just “hanging around” at the airport?  This is an airport, not a shopping mall.

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2 thoughts on “MacArthur to get radio station?”

  1. very interesting, lot of questions to be answered, like is JVC buying a station, or what frequency are they using, what kind of format as well, music , talk, getting the station on the air by Labor Day is not much time, or this has been in the works for a long time and its just coming out now, let me know of your opinon

    1. Currently, JVC Broadcasting owns WRCN (103.9 Riverhead), WPTY (105.3 Calverton-Roanoke), WJVC (96.1 Center Moriches) and WBON (98.5 Westhampton). I don’t see what new frequency they could set up, aside from 530 AM, to broadcast from MacArthur. Most likely, they’ll set up a studio for one of their current FMs. I had read on the NYRMB that potential advertisers were having trouble listening to 96.1 FM west of Islip. Are these potential advertisers flying into MacArthur? Maybe they are. Although, simply putting a studio into MacArthur won’t improve westward reception. If the 96.1 transmitter were to move west, I’m not sure where it could move to.

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