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WLIR Loses Its Hope

VMT Media’s 107.1 WLIR Hampton Bays NY is on the verge of a format change. WLIR dropped its Christian “Hope Radio” programming on January 1 and is currently running an unbranded mix of Oldies and Classic Rock along with 96.9 W245BA Manorville NY (which had been simulcasting Soft AC 94.7 WLIX-LP until that station’s sign-off on December 31). VMT Media, headed by Vincent Trapiani, bought out Richard Anderson’s Holding Out Hope Church’s 51% share of the station last May for assumption of debt and a three year non-compete agreement that started on January 1. Anderson retained the station’s three translators 94.9 W235BB Hauppage, 96.5 W243BF Shirley, and 104.5 W283BA Selden although two of those were sold to Educational Media Foundation in July for $250...[Read More]

Long Island Soft AC To Expand As WLIX-LP Signs-Off

As Pine Barrens Broadcasting intends to shut down Soft Oldies 94.7 WLIX-LP Ridge NY at 12pm on Sunday, December 31, Apple Community Broadcasting will expand their own Soft AC “101.5 The Breeze” W268AN Plainview to one of WLIX’s translators. The Breeze will expand onto 93.3 W227CL Coram giving it coverage of Suffolk County communities including Farmingville, Holbrook, Medford, and Patchouge. “101.5 The Breeze” debuted in July positioned as “all your favorite songs from 1960’s – Today” being fed by 93.5 WVIP-HD4 New Rochelle. The change comes as Pine Barrens Broadcasting head Scotty Hart announced that WLIX-LP had “reached the end of its intended mission”. The third signal that had rebroadcast WLIX-LP, 96.9 W245BA Manorville had been sold...[Read More]

Champions Radio LI Returns To Religion

Sports “Champions Radio” 107.1 WLIR Hampton Bays/96.9 W245BA Manorville, NY has dropped its format and returned to simulcasting the Christian “Hope Radio” network. Champions Radio debuted last August with a mix of local programming and a simulcast of 98.7 WEPN-FM New York programming. Newsday’s Neal Best reports that the station had dropped its local hosts last month and negotiated an early out of its contract with ESPN. Hope Radio is now heard on WLIR and five translators covering much of Long Island.

LRS Radio Acquires Long Island Cluster

AAA Entertainment has sold its four stations on Long Island. AAA simulcast 92.9 WEHM Manorville/96.9 WEHN East Hampton, CHR “Beach 101.7” WBEA Southold, and AC 102.5 WBAZ Bridgehampton have been acquired by Northbrook, IL based LRS Radio for $3.2 Million. The four stations serve the Hamptons region on the East End of Long Island, NY. LRS Radio is a partnership of father/daughher duo Roger and Lauren Stone, with Lauren Stone owning 68.8% of the company and Roger 31.2%. Roger Stone is Chairman/CEO of Kapstone Paper & Packaging Company.