|City of license||Montauk, New York|
|Broadcast area||New London, Connecticut, eastern Long Island|
|Slogan||Today's Best Music|
|First air date||1993 (as WBEA)|
|Format||Hot Adult Contemporary|
|HAAT||96 meters (315 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||W Eastern Long Island WPLJ|
|Former callsigns||WMNK (1988-1993)
WBEA (1993-May 2001)
WCSO (May 2001-Jun 2001)
WMOS (Jun 2001-2008)
|Owner||Volt Radio, LLC, as trustee
(divestiture trust for Cumulus Media)
The station is owned by Volt Radio and broadcasts at 104.7 MHz with 6 kW ERP from a tower in nearby Montauk, New York. The station was assigned its current WELJ call sign by the Federal Communications Commission on September 21, 2010.
The 104.7 frequency first signed on in 1993 as WBEA, then based fully in Montauk. Initially, the station launched with an Adult Contemporary format near identical to that which had been heard on WHFM (prior to its change to a relay of WBAB) the previous year. However, within a year the format evolved to a Hot Adult Contemporary format with the Beach Radio name.
Beach Radio saw a level of success not seen by other stations located on the east end of Long Island, as it rated not only in the full Long Island book on a regular basis, but in that of the New London, Connecticut market (where it had a city-grade signal) as well. Even with this, the various owners of WBEA kept Long Island as their main focus.
When then-WBEA owner AAA Entertainment purchased WBAZ (101.7 FM) and WBSQ (102.5 FM) in 2000, the company began to realign its formats among its signals. After moving WBAZ to WBSQ's signal in May 2001, it was announced that WBEA would move to the former WBAZ frequency at 101.7 MHz with 104.7 becoming a New London rimshot. During the interim period, 104.7 had the temporary WCSO calls.
In June 2001, AAA entered a deal with Mohegan Sun to program and operate the then-WCSO, with AAA keeping technical operations. With the deal came a new format, Classic rock, and the new call sign of WMOS. In 2003, AAA Entertainment sold WMOS and sister WWKX in the Providence market to Citadel Broadcasting.
On March 17, 2008, 104.7 and sister station 102.3 made a frequency swap. WXLM and its News/Talk format was moved to 104.7, while WMOS and its Classic Rock format was moved to 102.3. Both formats were retained on their new respective facilities.
On September 21, 2010, WXLM changed its call sign to WELJ as part of a pending format change. The WXLM call sign was moved to 980 AM, replacing the historic call sign WSUB. Shortly after, the News/Talk format began to simulcast on 980 AM with frequent announcements that WXLM is moving to 980 AM.
On November 3, 2010, WELJ broke away from its simulcast with 980 AM and changed their format to Hot Adult Contemporary. Known on-air as the new 104-7 WELJ, the station promoted 10,000 songs in-a-row, non-stop with zero commercials through the month of November. Although it was anticipated to be a full simulcast of sister station WPLJ in New York, the station currently has its own identity with plans to soon add The Big Show with Scott & Todd from WPLJ for its morning show.
- "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
- Fybush, Scott (September 27, 2010). "Disney Shutters AMs in RI, CT". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
- "Cumulus details Citadel merger spin-off stations". Radio Business Report. April 12, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
- WELJ official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WELJ
- Radio-Locator information on WELJ
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WELJ