|City||Westhampton, New York|
|Broadcast area||Long Island|
|Branding||La Nueva Fiesta|
|First air date||1993 (as WMRW)|
|HAAT||160 meters (520 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||The BONe (former format)|
|Former callsigns||WAEF (7/1993-9/1993)
|Owner||JVC Media LLC|
|Sister stations||WJVC, WPTY, WRCN-FM|
WBON (98.5 FM, "La Nueva Fiesta") is a Spanish-language FM radio station licensed to Westhampton, New York and operating at 98.5 MHz with a Tropical format. Its transmitter is located in Manorville, New York. The station is licensed to JVC Media LLC.
98.5 FM went on the air in 1993 as WMRW, simulcasting the modern rock of WDRE (92.7 FM). This would continue throughout the 1990s, with the call sign of 98.5 changing to WLIR-FM, WLRI, and finally WDRE. In 2004, the modern rock simulcast ended, 98.5's format changed to classic rock, and the call sign changed to WBON ("98.5 the Bone"). The classic rock format lasted until March 2007. At that time, Jarad Broadcasting was attempting to sell its stations to the Business Talk Radio Network, and as a result the station became WBZB, "Business Talk New York." Programs on WBZB included Doug Stephan's morning show, American Scene with Steve Crowley, an afternoon show hosted by Ray Lucia, and Chick Chat, a talk show geared toward women. The sale fell through, and the call letters were changed back to WBON on September 10, 2007.
After stunting with a simulcast of sister WDRE (now WPTY), Party 105, and a pre-produced loop of random sound bites, WBON became Long Island's newest 24/7 Spanish-language station at noon on September 20, 2007. The station kicked off by airing 10,000 songs in a row.
On Friday, February 27, 2009 at 5 pm, WTAA Pleasantville-Atlantic City dropped its Regional Mexican format and began simulcasting La Nueva Fiesta.
On October 2, 2009 the sale of the station by The Morey Organization to JVC Media LLC was completed. JVC Media LLC also owns WPTY ("Party FM") licensed to Calverton-Roanoke in Eastern Suffolk County, Long Island.
On Saturday, November 21, 2009, WBON began simulcasting on a translator in Plainview, New York at 101.5 MHz, replacing the WPTY ("Party FM") simulcast of 105.3 MHz in Calverton-Roanoke, New York, but it then returned to simulcasting "Party FM" on January 21, 2010.
- El Gordo y Compania (Hugo "El Gordo" Cadelago, Luis Montes Brito & DJ Jumpin' Jay)
- John G.
- Cantaso (host of "Almorzando con Cantaso")
- Ana Maria (host of "El Jangueo")
- Junior "El Tremendo"
- Victor King
- Nelly Carrion (host of "Salsa Dura" & "Viva La Rock")
- DJ E.M.
- DJ More9
- DJ FX
- DJ Fino
Former on-air personalities & DJs
- The Luis Jimenez Show
- El Vacilon De La Manana
- Cio Babee
- Abel Sanchez
- Jessi Dee
- Alexis Fernandez
- Mike D'Father
- Julio Angel
- Chris Mambo
- Joe Ayala (host of "Rumba de Los Maestros")
- DJ Ash
- DJ Don Q
- DJ Triple R
- DJ Cre-8
- DJ Spanky
- DJ J-Star
- Frankie Vasquez
- Eddie DJ
- Don Orlando (host of "Que Compra Que Vende")
- Papi Chulo (host of "Asi Canta Quisqueya")
- El Chero (host of "El Show Del Chero")
- Jairo Solis
- Mon Blac
- "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- "WLIR, WBON, WDRE Sold To BusinessTalkRadio.net". Allaccess.com. December 26, 2006. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- Fybsuh, Scott (September 17, 2007). "Rock Returns to Philly's WYSP". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved April 30, 2013.