WBWD (AM)

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WBWD
WBWD Bolly 540 logo.png
CityIslip, New York
Broadcast areaNew York metropolitan area
BrandingBolly 540 AM
Frequency540 kHz
First air dateOctober 1959 (as WBIC)
FormatBollywood music
Language(s)English
Power10,000 watts (day)
220 watts (night)
ClassB
Facility ID37805
Transmitter coordinates40°45′6.00″N 73°12′50.00″W / 40.7516667°N 73.2138889°W / 40.7516667; -73.2138889Coordinates: 40°45′6.00″N 73°12′50.00″W / 40.7516667°N 73.2138889°W / 40.7516667; -73.2138889
Callsign meaningW BollyWooD
Former callsignsWBIC (1959–1967)
WLIX (1967–1995)
WLUX (1995–2002)
WLIE (2002–2018)[1]
OwnerUniversal Stations LLC [2]
WebcastListen Live
Websitebolly540am.com

WBWD (540 AM) is a radio station licensed to Islip, New York and broadcasting a Bollywood music format for the South Asian Desi community.

History[edit]

The station signed on as WBIC in October 1959.[3] Bob 'Bobaloo' Lewis, who would later gain fame as one of the “All Americans” on 77 WABC Radio in New York City, was one of the original DJs on WBIC.[4]

WLIX (1970s–1980s)[edit]

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.

WLUX (1990s)[edit]

In the mid-1990s, it was WLUX with a pop standards format.

WLIE (2000s)[edit]

In September 2002, the station changed call letters to WLIE and flipped formats to become a talk radio station,[5][6] Mornings were hosted by David Weiss (of WALK-FM fame), Tracy Burgess (of WBAB fame), and later with Weiss and Amanda Clarke; and "Captain" Steve Reggie with Traffic; Ed Tyll held down mid-days, while Mike Seigel held down drive-time with "Major" Matt Bartlett on Traffic; night time featured a rotating schedule of brokered programing and overnights featured Jim Bohannon from WestwoodOne. Weekends featured Lynn Samuels of WABC fame. The Program Director of IslandTalk 540 was John McDermott, a long time producer at WOR.

Then the talk format was dumped for a business talk format.[7] The WLIE call letters referred to the Long Island Expressway.[8]

Beginning in 2008, the station started airing Spanish language religious shows. It broadcast a variety format, including leased air-time and news/talk programs.[9]

On November 9, 2018, the station's call sign was changed to WBWD.[1] On December 3, 2018 WBWD changed their format to Bollywood music, branded as "Bolly 540 AM".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Assignment of License
  3. ^ "Station WBIC Now On Air" (PDF). The Suffolk County News. Sayville New York. 1959-10-29. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  4. ^ WBIC Sign-on Oct 1959
  5. ^ Hinckley, David (2002-09-04). "Stern: Ousted Rivals Had It Coming". New York Daily News.
  6. ^ Hinckley, David (2002-11-20). "WLIE Boosts Signal and Island Focus". New York Daily News.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "WLIE website". Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  10. ^ Bollywood Comes to Long Island Radioinsight - December 5, 2018

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