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.


Spanish Inquisition

I know, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.  Now that we’ve gotten the obvious Monty Python reference out of the way…

Have you noticed that 92.7 is sounding a little different lately?  They’ve recently flipped to Tropical Mami 92.7.  The previous Regional Mexican format continues to live online at laquebuenany.com.  That got me thinking, what other Spanish language stations are available on the island?  Let’s take a quick trip on the Long Island Radio Dial

98.5 WBON, La Fiesta is another Tropical formatted station, broadcasting from Westhampton.  They were a rock station (98.5 The Bone) in the mid 2000s, until they flipped to Spanish in 2007.

Christian Radio Cantico Nuevo can be heard on 740 WNYH from Huntington and 1440 WNYG from Medford.  The history of these two frequencies is a bit more colorful than 98.5.  740 began its life as WGSM, and has gone through various formats, such as adult standards, country, and Radio Disney.   After the Caribbean and Korean formats in the 2000s, it finally arrived at the current Spanish format in 2011.  1440 started as WBAB-AM in Babylon, and its past formats included oldies and Christian.  In 2010, it was sold to Radio Cantico Nuevo, then in 2011 it moved from Babylon to Medford.

1580 WLIM in Patchogue carries religious programming from Radio Adonai.  Radio Adonai also leases time on 540 WLIE.  For many years, WLIM was an adult standards station.  In the 2000s, it was sold and switched to a Polish format, then eventually changed to Radio Adonai.  WLIE’s previous formats included news/talk (as WLIE), Christian (as WLIX) and adult standards (as WLUX).

One more look at the 92.7 frequency… before they flipped to Spanish they were known for playing new music/modern rock as WLIR and WDRE.  For several years, they simulcast on 98.5, before 98.5 became The Bone in the mid-2000s.  In 2004, Univision bought 92.7, and has been Spanish language programming ever since.

For more in-depth history about these and other stations, check out the Long Island Radio History page.