No, I don’t mean the former stomping grounds of Harold Camping. I mean the other 94.7 FM, the one in Ridge. But I’m getting ahead of myself, let me back up a few years…
In 2005, 94.7 WLIX-LP went on the air with an alternative format. “Radio for the rest of us” it called itself. Several translators were added to expand its coverage throughout Suffolk county. However, it could not maintain a profit, so the network of stations was sold in 2007 and became Christian radio, The Voice of Hope. I was disappointed in this change, so I removed the station from my radio presets. Actually, it was one of the translators I had preset, as 94.7 WFME prevented me from hearing WLIX-LP very well.
A few things happened in the last couple of years. In 2011, 107.1 FM in the Hamptons became part of the Voice of Hope network. 94.7 FM then began running a tape loop, saying that new programming would be coming soon. In February 2012, 94.7 WFME changed its license from non-commercial to commercial, fueling rumors that a sale might be imminent. This made 94.7 worth monitoring on occasion.
About a week ago, I was tuning in 94.7 FM on my car radio, to see what was on. As I drove eastward, I could hear something different that the old tape loop. An actual format had arrived! It turns out they began broadcasting as The Penthouse:
Big Sticks Broadcasting is proud to announce that our adult standards format went live just before the Labor Day weekend on Long Island at 94.7 WLIX in Suffolk County. We’re very happy to add another standards station to market 19!
Yes, this is the same Penthouse Radio that’s on thepenthouse.fm. They’ve gone from online only to low power FM.
What’s that? You say you’re in the mood for some Frank Sinatra? Very well…
Frank Sinatra – “Summer Wind”