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|City||Islip, New York|
|Broadcast area||New York metropolitan area|
|First air date||October 1959 (as WBIC)|
|Power||10,000 watts (day)
220 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||W Long Island Expressway
W Long Island Experts
|Former callsigns||WBIC (1959-1967)
|Owner||Universal Stations LLC |
In the early 1970s, then known as WLIX, it broadcast an automated "beautiful music" format, and on Sunday mornings an Italian-American music program hosted by Joe Rotolo. Owned at that time by marketer, former Mutual Broadcasting System chairman and would-be politician Malcolm E. Smith, Jr., it occupied a Canadian clear-channel frequency, requiring it to leave the air at sundown.
Sometime in the mid-1970s, it changed to Christian programming, still as WLIX.
In 1981, this station was featured on the NBC series Real People, which was a cross between a newsmagazine and what can now be called reality television. In 1983, it was permitted to broadcast after dark, at reduced power.
In the mid-1990s, it was WLUX with a pop standards format.
In September 2002 the station changed call letters to WLIE and flipped formats to become a talk radio station, Ed Tyll hosted a talk show on WLIE during this format. Then the talk format was dumped for a business talk format.
- "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- Assignment of License
- "Station WBIC Now On Air" (PDF). The Suffolk County News. Sayville New York. 1959-10-29. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
- WBIC Sign-on Oct 1959
- Hinckley, David (2002-09-04). "Stern: Ousted Rivals Had It Coming". New York Daily News.
- Hinckley, David (2002-11-20). "WLIE Boosts Signal and Island Focus". New York Daily News.
- Solnik, Claude (2003-08-01). "Island Talk WLIE cuts staff to lower expenses". Long Island Business News. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011.
- "WLIE website". Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- WLIE official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WLIE
- Radio-Locator Information on WLIE
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WLIE
- Christian 54 Online WLIX — online radio station named after the former WLIX
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