Frequencies to Watch: FM 97.5 and 98.3, AM 1370 and 1100

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.


Author: Chuck

I started out as a child, then things kind of grew from there.  I spend way too much time around computers and radios, but I do like to take a break once in a while.  I'm not a real doctor, but I played one on the radio in college. A bit later on, I wrote an article that was published in COMPUTE!'s Gazette (Commodore 64/128 magazine). I also think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

4 thoughts on “Frequencies to Watch: FM 97.5 and 98.3, AM 1370 and 1100”

  1. It will b very interesting, WALK has been quite stagnant for a few years, they have no identity. I think the one thing that’s is going to happen when the new owners take over is revamping the morning show, I think it is time for that, According to Arbitron WALK is second to WBLI so a different morning show might help. Walk am probably end up being brokered. What we need is a flagship station for ESPN radio Unable to receive it on Eastern Suffolk. Hope radio was going to broadcast Mets game they did a few but that was it, Hope Radio is a another story. But its going to be interesting


    1. I guess the Hope Radio owners couldn’t make money with sports on 107.1. Now a couple of the former Hope Radio translators are carrying WLIX-LP. At least both the Mets and Yankees continue to be available on AM radio.


      1. Wlix LP have a very good format, easy favorites maybe we can get that format on a regular power station, can that happen with Wlix


        1. If Hope Radio decides to sell everything, maybe WLIX can move over to 107.1. They’ll still need the translators to reach beyond eastern LI.


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