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CityBabylon, New York
Broadcast areaLong Island
Branding102.3 WBAB
SloganLong Island's Only Classic Rock
Frequency102.3 MHz (HD Radio)
First air dateAugust 27, 1958 (1958-08-27) (61 years ago) as WBAB-FM
FormatClassic rock
ERP6,000 watts (analog)
240 watts (digital)
HAAT82 meters (269 ft)
Facility ID71199
Transmitter coordinates40°47′58″N 73°20′8″W / 40.79944°N 73.33556°W / 40.79944; -73.33556 (WBAB)Coordinates: 40°47′58″N 73°20′8″W / 40.79944°N 73.33556°W / 40.79944; -73.33556 (WBAB)
Call sign meaningW BAbylon Bayshore Broadcasting (original owner)
Former call signsWBAB-FM (1958-2003)[1]
OwnerCox Media Group
(Cox Radio, Inc.)
Sister stationsWBLI, WHFM
WebcastListen Live
Websitewww.wbab.com Edit this at Wikidata

WBAB (102.3 FM) is a classic rock radio station licensed to Babylon, New York and owned by Cox Radio. The station is also simulcast on WHFM (95.3 FM) licensed to Southampton, New York and serving eastern Long Island.


WBAB first went on the air August 27, 1958 as WBAB-FM. It simulcast WBAB (1440 AM), until September 1975 when 1440 AM adopted a Gospel music format.[2]


2006 signal hijacking[edit]

On the morning of Wednesday, May 17, 2006, the station's signal was hijacked for about 90 seconds[3] while the signal jammers aired the song "Nigger Hatin' Me" by the 1960s-era white supremacist country singer Johnny Rebel.[4][better source needed] Roger Luce, the station's morning host, said at the time, "Whatever that was - it was very racist... 22 years at this radio station - I've never seen anything like this."[5]

The incident made all the local newscasts that night.[citation needed] The next morning, it made the front page of Newsday with the headline "JACKED FM". The station's new general manager, John Shea, said, "I've only been here a week and we get hijacked." Former program director John Olsen said, "This was not some child's prank, this was a federal offense."[3][6]

The hijack was likely accomplished by overpowering the studio transmitter link (STL) signal to the transmitter in Dix Hills, New York.[4][better source needed] A signal hijacking with the same song happened to WBAB's sister station WBLI about two weeks earlier[4][7][better source needed] on a Sunday night.

Pirate radio stations[edit]

A pirate radio station identifying itself as "Red Hot Radio" broadcasts on 102.3 FM out of Flatbush, Brooklyn, many hours a day (especially after 5pm and all weekend), This plagues WBAB's signal in the western end of its market.

On November 6, 2007, the FCC, accompanied by U.S. Marshals, made a visit to the Red Hot Studios, based in an apartment complex on East 35th street and Avenue H, and seized equipment. However, the station returned to the air less than a month later from a new location, where it continues to broadcast from today. There are about 30 pirate radio stations on the air in Brooklyn interfering with radio stations on Long Island and the Hudson Valley daily. The investigation and follow up from the FCC continues.

Cox Radio Long Island has warned that it will go after any pirate broadcasters interfering with the WBAB signal on 102.3 or 95.3 FM and sister 106.1 WBLI. In early 2012, new laws took effect that Cox hopes will help to put an end to pirate broadcasting on commercial FM frequencies that interfere with its signal.


Call sign Frequency City of license Facility ID ERP
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates First air date Call sign meaning Former call signs
WHFM 95.3 FM (HD) Southampton, New York 72176 5,000 (Analog)
200 (Digital)
108 m (354 ft) A 40°56′5″N 72°23′15″W / 40.93472°N 72.38750°W / 40.93472; -72.38750 (WHFM) 1971 (as WWRJ) W Hamptons FM WWRJ (1971-1979)
WSBH (1979-1987)[8]
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
Download coordinates as: KML · GPX


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WBAB Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Gospel for New York Suburbs" (PDF). Record World. October 1, 1977. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "WBAB radio signal hijacked" (website). Babylon, New York: WBAB. Archived from the original on June 30, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Roe, Tom (May 19, 2006). "WBAB radio signal hijacked". free103point9 Newsroom / Transmission Art News. Galen Joseph-Hunter. Archived from the original on May 16, 2020.
  5. ^ Aircheck of the WBAB Signal Intrusion
  6. ^ Lamberty, Reid (May 18, 2006). "WBAB-FM Airwaves Hijacked By Pirates: Long Island Radio Station Has Offensive Material On Its Air". WCBSTV.com (website). Archived from the original on November 10, 2006.
  7. ^ "Pirate hijacks New York radio signal". UPI. May 18, 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "WHFM Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 29, 2013.

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