|City||Port Chester, New York|
|Broadcast area||New York City|
|Slogan||Positive & Encouraging|
|First air date||1947|
|Callsign meaning||W K-LoVe|
|Former callsigns||WCTZ (2006–2011)
|Owner||Educational Media Foundation|
WKLV-FM is a Contemporary Christian radio station licensed to Port Chester, New York, moving in from Stamford, Connecticut on May 30, 2011, signing on as the K-LOVE affiliate for New York City and the metropolitan area. The station is currently owned by Educational Media Foundation and broadcasts from New Rochelle, New York.
WKLV-FM went on the air in 1947 as WSTC-FM licensed to Stamford, Connecticut and simulcasting WSTC. Sometime in the early 1970s the call letters were changed to WYRS and the station began programming an automated Beautiful music format aimed at women using the moniker "Yours 96.7". At 6 P.M. on September 2, 1980 WYRS switched to a Jazz format after WRVR in New York City had switched formats from Jazz to Country music. On December 17, 1981 the station was sold to Radio Stamford Inc. and the call letters were changed to WJAZ. In 1990, the format was changed to an oldies format of songs from 1954 to 1973 and the call letters changed to WQQQ, marketed as "Q-96.7". From 1992 to 2006, WKLV-FM was known as WKHL, marketed as "Kool 96.7", with no change in format. On March 29, 2006, the station changed from oldies to classic hits as 96.7 The Coast under the WCTZ calls. The FCC approved an allocations shift to Port Chester, New York in December 2006 which allowed the station greater access to New York City; at the time, the station still marketed itself strictly to a Fairfield County audience (i.e. traffic reports never made mention of Westchester County or New York City highways, local news updates only pertained to Connecticut, etc.).
On November 5, 2010, Educational Media Foundation announced that they would be purchasing WCTZ and moving the transmitter to the Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, serving as the K-LOVE affiliate for New York City with the call letters WKLV-FM.
The last song on WCTZ was "Good Night" by The Beatles before going silent at midnight on May 19, 2011 in preparation for its move to New Rochelle for its K-LOVE affiliation. The station returned to the air from New Rochelle on May 30, 2011 as K-LOVE affiliate WKLV-FM. Despite the signal changes, WKLV still manages to rimshot its signal to the Stamford-Norwalk market and the Lower Hudson Valley, though focuses more on New York City and its immediate suburbs in New Jersey, Long Island and southern Westchester County, presumably due to their being more people (and no FM Christian station in New York-Newark since WFME in the latter city flipped to country as WNSH, bringing the format back to New York City and North Jersey).
- "JAZZ STATION'S LISTENERS ORGANIZE- JUST IN CASE". The New York Times. New York New York. January 3, 1982. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
- Fybush, Scott (November 8, 2010). "EMF Buys Into NYC Market". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
- Fybush, Scott (January 17, 2011). "Pittsburgh's WYEP Swallows WDUQ". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WKLV
- Radio-Locator information on WKLV
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WKLV
|This article about a radio station in New York is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|