Religious station WLIR 107.1 in Suffolk county is to be sold, according to an FCC filing. Included in the application is a non-compete agreement that prevents the buyer from airing a religious format on the station. So it will apparently be changing format. Any guesses as to what it might be?
Given it’s location, and the fact it’s coverage area serves eastern Long Island, I could see it get sold to the owner of a New York radio station, especially a FM music station that who would use it to simulcast that New York station and extends it’s programming into Suffolk County (including the Hamptons), etc. (with possibly some sort of commercial-insertion automation at the 107.1 transmitter to insert local commercials to replace those running on the parent station in New York City)
Perhaps WLIR 107.1 could be a good fit as a second signal for Nash FM. WNSH 94.7 is located further from Long Island than most of the other major NYC stations. Of course Nash had been simulcast a few years ago on WELJ 104.7.
It should be mentioned that the party seeking to purchase the station has already been identified in the FCC filing. So if WLIR is to be used to simulcast another station, it would need to be either leased, or resold.
You’re badly mistaken if you think a Manhattan-based cluster will acquire a signal in Suffolk County.
The bulk of Suffolk County’s population lives west of Route 112, which runs from Port Jefferson to Patchogue. The signals that transmit from midtown Manhattan are audible as far east as Route 112. And Suffolk County is full of heritage FMs — 97.5 Walk FM, 106.1 BLI, WBAB. [Clear Channel had to sell Walk FM because it put the company over the NYC market limit.]
107.1 is licensed to Hampton Bays and has been an unsettled facility from the day it signed on almost 30 years ago. A good operator can combine 107.1 with an existing station in eastern Long Island make it viable as a Hamptons cluster.