Coming up for air… from the sea of Wikipedia

Wikipedia
The free encyclopedia anyone can edit (Photo credit: Octavio Rojas)

For the past few months, I’ve been editing Wikipedia in earnest.  Why?  Because it needed help.

I started by editing the Long Island Radio template, in order to re-integrate the east end stations into it and to indicate how the areas of the island are divided.  That was all well and good, but then I moved on the individual articles of the Long Island radio stations.

Most of them needed editing on some level.  Some of the edits were minor, but a few of them were near-major.  One article that needed help was the one for WLIR-FM.  It has the full history of the modern rock format on WLIR from its early days until its ultimate sale by Jarad Broadcasting in 2004.  This information was all good, except that this history crosses multiple frequencies, and all this history was “stuck” on the 107.1 WLIR article.  There were no references from 92.7 (WQBU) or 98.5 (WBON) to indicate that this history happened there, too.

Thus began my major editing and moving of the history of WLIR to its own article.  As I was editing, I realized that WLIR is not a defunct station.  The legacy of WLIR is alive on the streaming station WLIR.FM.  To call WLIR a defunct radio station wouldn’t be right.

The result of all this editing can be seen now in two articles:

  • WLIR-FM – the original article, complete with the history of the 107.1 FM.
  • WLIR – the new article, chronicling the humble beginnings in Garden City on 92.7 FM, the “dare to be different” era of the 1980s, the post-grunge 1990s, its final days on 107.1 FM, and its new beginning on the internet.

I’ve also added references in the WQBU and WBON articles to the WLIR history.

It’s been quite a major undertaking, and at this point I’m taking a brief rest from editing Wikipedia.  Articles are never really “done” on Wikipedia.  Time passes, events occur, and if not kept up-to-date, the information can fall into obsolescence.  The work is never done, it just gets put on pause.

WLIR logo
The WLIR logo used from 1998 to sign off on 1/9/2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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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.