Update 1/19: 96.1 made its flip to “My Country 96.1” WJVC at 12am this morning. The airstaff will include former 94.3 WMJC morning team Phathead and Cande Roth in mornings, Jay Letterman in middays, and “Party” Marty Mitchell in afternoons. Phathead is also the new Program Director of the station, while Mitchell is APD/MD.
Update 1/13: JVC Broadcasting has announced it will flip 96.1 WKJI to Country as “My Country 96.1” on Tuesday, January 18. The Facebook event page says the station will debut with the semi-standard 10,000 songs in a row. This will give Long Island its first Country outlet since 94.3 WMJC flipped to 80’s in 2004.
As reported by Northeast Radio Watch earlier today, the station has applied for new WJVC calls as well.
Original Report 10/21: It’s shaping up to be a busy autumn in Central Long Island. Following last week’s report of a potential format change at Barnstable’s 94.3 WMJC, the company announced the sale of Classic Rock 103.9 WRCN and AC simulcaster 96.1 WKJI to JVC Broadcasting for $3 Million.
JVC, owners of Dance CHR “Party 105.3” WPTY and Spanish “98.5 La Fiesta” WBON, have registered a trio of domains hinting at a new format for 96.1. The new domains are: 961TheDuck.com, LICountry.com, and My961FM.com.