A New Hope (not Star Wars)

So, here’s a bit of a surprise, at least for me, anyway.  Yesterday, I discovered that 96.9 FM was no longer carrying Star 107.  My ears kind of perked up, because they were playing “Silver Springs” by Fleetwood Mac, which was originally the B-Side of “Go Your Own Way.”  Very unusual for this song to get airplay, and certainly makes no mention of anything religious.

As it turns out, WLIX has taken over 96.9, while Hope Radio has been… um… resurrected on 107.1 along with the simulcasts on 94.9, 96.5, and 104.5101.5 in Plainview now carries Radio Cantico Nuevo, also heard on WNYG.

Of course, none of this has anything to do with Star Wars: A New Hope, which you probably figured out already.

As I was updating the Long Island Radio Dial with this new information, I found quite a number wrong links, which I have since corrected.

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WLIX Has Gone Soft

Mariah Carey performing live in Las Vegas
Mariah Carey performing live in Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember when WLIX turned into the Penthouse a few months ago?  They’ve changed to soft adult contemporary, as per their web site:

Artists that need no explanation.. Barry Manilow, Carol King, The Doobie Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood Mac, Abba, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Faith Hill, Bread, Simon & Garfunkel, The Carpenters, Mariah Carey, Chicago, Elton John, Celine Dion, and on and on…

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We’re playing the great adult contemporary and easy hits from the 70s and 80s… great music you loved and selections that’ll make you say “Oh, I used to LOVE that song!”

The Penthouse continues to stream online.

Summer Wind: Standards blow into 94.7 FM

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”