When it comes to Long Island radio ratings, WALK-FM 97.5 is an 800 lb. gorilla. You kind of have to take notice when something happens to it, and there’s definitely something happening. Connoisseur is going to take ownership of WALK-FM & AM:
Qantum, led by Frank Osborn, will swap its 29 stations in five markets to Clear Channel for the Aloha Station Trust held Standards 1370 WALK and AC 97.5 WALK-FM Patchouge, NY. Qantum will then turn around and sell the two Long Island stations to Connoisseur Media. They will join a cluster that already includes Rock “94.3 The Shark” WWSK, AC “K98.3” WKJY, Classic Hits “B103” WBZO, and Standards 1100 WHLI.
In the words of George Takei, “Oh myyy!”
Speculation time: what’s going to happen when WALK FM & AM become part of Connoisseur?
Musically, there’s a lot of overlap between WALK-FM and WKJY (K-98.3). It’s quite possible that a format flip is in the future for 98.3, but flip to what? 94.3 already covers 90’s to now rock, 103.1 is classic hits, another rock-based format might not (or might?) be in the cards. In the Nassau-Suffolk April 2014 ratings, WALK-FM is ahead of WKJY by quite a margin, but WLTW in between the both of them (although nearer to WKJY than to WALK-FM).
The AM side is in a somewhat similar situation. Musically, WALK-AM (AM 1370) and WHLI (AM 1100) both overlap with their adult standards playlists. Could there be a simulcast in the near future? It’s not the first time 1100 simulcast with another station. Some years ago, 740 (then WGSM) simulcast the 1100 signal, back when Barnstable was still around.
All we can do now is sit and wait, and (maybe) something will happen.