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This article is about the internet radio station and history of WLIR/WDRE at 92.7 FM (and 98.5 FM and 107.1 FM). For the Hampton Bays, New York radio station at 107.1 FM, see WLIR-FM. For other uses, see WLIR (disambiguation).
WLIR.FM 2016 logo
Type of site
Internet radio station
Slogan(s) New York's Original Alternative Station
Website www.wlir.fm
Launched September 2005; 11 years ago (2005-09)
Current status Active

WLIR (WLIR.FM) is an internet and over the air radio station (105.3 WPTY-HD3 Calverton-Roanoke) that plays the new music/modern rock that was originally heard on WLIR/WDRE (92.7 FM, 98.5 FM, and 107.1 FM) in the 1980s and 1990s along with the alternative rock of the 2000s to the present. The spirit of the original WLIR is maintained with the music mix and the personalities, such as Larry the Duck, Malibu Sue, Andre and Rob Rush. Bob Wilson, long time WLIR employee and historian, created the WLIR.FM website and programs the music playlist.[1]

WLIR on FM radio[edit]

WLIR was best known as an influential radio station that launched the careers of many music acts and disk jockeys from the 1970s through the 1990s. In 1970, it changed to a progressive rock format before switching to a new music/modern rock format in 1982. The station originally broadcast from studios at the Garden City Hotel, Garden City, New York, then 175 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, New York, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Westbury, New York, and finally, 1103 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, New York, with its transmitter located on the North Shore Towers in Floral Park, New York.

1959-1970: 92.7 FM beginnings[edit]

WLIR was founded in 1959 by John R. Rieger. It was licensed to Garden City, New York on the frequency 92.7 FM and played a mix of Broadway tunes and classical music from a basement studio in the Garden City Hotel.[2][3]

1970s: The progressive era[edit]

The WLIR logo from 1979.

In the early 1970s, announcer Richard Neer and part-time announcer Mike Harrison convinced Rieger to change to a progressive rock format.[3] This meant playing obscure artists, playing many cuts off an album (not just the hit singles), and having disc jockeys speak in a slow, mellow tone. At this time, the station adopted the famous WLIR Seagull as its logo. Also, in the early 70's, Bob Shavelson[4] (music director) began the first ever live broadcasts of major artists from UltraSonic Studios and the club My Father's Place. Included in the series were Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers Band, Dr. John, Jackson Browne and many other notable celebrities of the era. In addition to the live concert series WLIR promoted local bands such as The Good Rats.

The air staff in the early 70's included Program Director Ken Kohl, George Taylor Morris, Jim Cameron, Joel Moss, Dave ("The Wrench") Friedman and Public Affairs producer Heather Schoen.

As the 1970s went on, most rock stations drifted into a more commercial album oriented rock direction, but WLIR bucked this trend. As punk and new wave rock started to become popular at the end of the 1970s, most rock stations in the United States ignored these genres. WLIR, again, bucked the trend by playing artists from these genres.

1980s: Dare to be different[edit]

In 1982, it was decided that in order for the station to move into the future, a format change was needed.[5] Program director Denis McNamara recommended to the station's owner that he choose one of two formats, either progressive adult contemporary or New Music.[5] Although adult contemporary seemed commercially appealing, New Music was chosen because it was more in step with the "dare to be different" campaign being used to promote the new format and it was more "fun".[5] On August 2, the format switch occurred. The station featured new wave (McNamara "hated" that term because he felt it was a trendy phrase that might be out of style in a year[5]), synthpop, post-punk, early alternative rock acts as well as novelty records. The personalities of the disc jockeys became much more upbeat. The station became known worldwide for introducing new artists and playing singles months (if not years) before other stations. WLIR became the first radio station in the country to play U2,[6] The Cure, The Smiths, New Order, Duran Duran, Madonna, George Michael, Men at Work and Prince. The station was one of the few commercial radio stations in the United States to play these types of artists. One method of doing so was the "Screamer of the Week," a feature in which listeners would call in and vote for their favorite new song of the week. New Order, Depeche Mode, Ultravox, Yaz and Blancmange were early staples of the new music format.[7] According to McNamara, the "entire music industry was looking upon 'LIR and that 'LIR marketplace of New York and Long Island as one of the hippest music areas of the world. People used to refer to it as the gateway to America if you were an upcoming artist."[7]

In 1987, the station's license was revoked after a fifteen-year battle, which began in the early 1970s when the station operated only on special temporary authority granted by the FCC.[8] As a result of this revocation, the station changed ownership on December 18, 1987, and the WLIR call letters were changed to WDRE by the new owner, Jarad Broadcasting[8] (it would regain the WLIR call letters some years later). The interim operator (Elton Spitzer's Phoenix Media Corp.) took the WLIR call letters to an AM radio station in Rockland County, New York. The previous owners also took the "Dare To Be Different" slogan with them as intellectual property, so WDRE's moniker became "New Music First". The feature "Screamer of the Week" became "Shriek of the Week," and the station remained on the cutting edge of new music as they broke new bands into the next decade, like Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana and others.

1990s: Alternative rock expands[edit]

In 1991, the station changed its moniker again, this time to "The Cutting Edge of Rock."

The explosion in popularity of grunge and alternative rock in the early 1990s led to a period of turmoil. The synthpop-based music on which much of the station's playlist was based was now out of fashion. Alternative rock artists which used to be played almost exclusively on the station were now being played on many rock and pop music stations.[9]

In 1992, WDRE started simulcasting its programming with what was 103.9 WIBF-FM Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, which later became WDRE Jenkintown/Philadelphia. Subsequently, in the mid 1990s, Greg Morey claims to have created the first alternative rock network known as "The Underground Network."[10][11] The Underground Network consisted of the following stations:

Underground Network
Call sign in 1995 Frequency City of license Current Call sign[a]
KDRE 101.1 FM Little Rock, Arkansas KZTS
KFTH 107.1 FM Memphis, Tennessee KXHT
WDRE 92.7 FM Garden City, New York (New York City) WQBU-FM
WFAL 101.1 FM Cape Cod, Massachusetts WFRQ
WIBF 103.9 FM Jenkintown, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) WPPZ-FM
WMRW 98.5 FM Westhampton, New York WBON
WRLG 94.1 FM Nashville, Tennessee WFFH
WWCP 96.7 FM Albany, New York WDCD-FM
WYKT[b] 105.5 FM Wilmington, Illinois WYKT
[a] - As of December 2, 2016
[b] - Nights only[12]
The WLIR logo used from 1998 to sign off on 1/9/2004.

Four years after WIBF became WDRE's first affiliate, The Underground Network was disbanded. In 1996, it was decided that WDRE Garden City would switch formats to adult album alternative (AAA), bring back Malibu Sue[13] (who had been fired earlier by then program director Russ Mottla), change its call letters back to WLIR and change its moniker to "The Island". That same year, WDRE Philadelphia became a local, independent modern rock station.

After the Underground Network[edit]

In 1997, Gary Cee was named program director, Malibu Sue assistant program director, and night jock Andre Ferro earned the music director position. The station began to implement great features, including Malibu Sue's All Request Morning, The 5:00 Rush, Flashback Lunch, LIR After Dark, Andre's 9:00 Knockout, and "In the Mix," an important alternative dance show with DJ Theo[14] and Andre. The station had a unique sound during that era with the combination of alternative from chart toppers Coldplay, Foo Fighters, No Doubt but also alternative dance from Daft Punk, Wolfsheim, Moby, Fatboy Slim and others. This popular sound helped WLIR's ratings and would continue to the station's end in January 2004.

2000s: Move to 107.1 FM[edit]

The WLIR "The Box" logo used during 2004 when the station changed its frequency.

On January 9, 2004, Univision bought the 92.7 frequency and other assets for $60 million[15] and began simulcasting the Spanish radio format of WCAA Newark, New Jersey on 92.7 under the call letters WZAA. The last song played on WLIR that day was "Forever Young" by Alphaville.[16] Andre Ferro would be the last jock heard on the 92.7 airwaves, followed by a message from ownership. The WLIR call letters moved to the 107.1 frequency on Eastern Long Island, which had been simulcasting WLIR for several years. The new WLIR adopted an active/modern rock format and new image as "THE BOX".[17] Since 107.1 FM is located about 50 miles east of the original WLIR at 92.7 FM, many of the station's fans in New York City, southwestern Connecticut, southern Westchester County, New York, northeastern New Jersey, and even the western parts of Long Island itself could not easily receive the station. Many of these areas were closer geographically to other stations occupying 107.1 FM (WXPK in central Westchester County and WWZY in Long Branch, New Jersey) which hindered reception.

On September 12, 2005, WLIR changed formats to a block-sponsored smooth jazz/chill music format known as "FM Channel 107: NeoBreeze." This same block-sponsored type formatting was also instituted at two other stations owned by The Morey Organization, WLIR's owner. As a result of this change, all of the on-air staff was fired. This truly marked the end of WLIR's unique over the air "new music" format after almost three decades. In addition, with the new format, the station would run commercial-free during the day, with the actual airtime during this period paid for by advertisers. According to the station's owners, this move was made as an attempt to take on satellite radio and MP3 players, which had been cutting into listeners of traditional radio.[18][19] In an effort to keep WLIR and its alternative music alive, longtime WLIR employee and historian Bob Wilson developed the WLIR.FM website and began an internet broadcast of WLIR music called "Next Wave".

On December 20, 2005, after three months of low ratings, the NeoBreeze format was dropped, and the WLIR alternative format returned.

Jeff Levine was there from 2006 to 2007. During that time, LIR had a safe, almost hot adult contemporary sound, similar to WPLJ, and carried Islanders Hockey.

On December 26, 2006, BusinessTalkRadio.net President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Metter announced the purchase of three Long Island radio stations: Alternative WLIR-FM (107.1 FM), Classic Rocker WBON (98.5 FM), and Top 40/Rhythmic WDRE (105.3 FM).[20] WBON was renamed WBZB and flipped to a business talk format on January 2, 2007. The sales of WLIR-FM and WBZB were approved on February 27, 2007. The selling price for WLIR-FM and WBZB was $1.75 million for each station.[21] The total selling price for all three stations would have been $5 million, however the sale was never completed, and WBZB returned to the WBON calls.[22]

The WLIR 107.1/ESPN Logo used from January 2008 thru July 2011

In September 2007, WLIR began broadcasting from a new antenna at a location 5 miles to the west of the original.[23] On October 11, 2007, WLIR-FM began simulcasting on a translator in Manorville, W245BA (96.9 FM), expanding its coverage area into western Suffolk County and a portion of eastern Nassau County. On November 18, 2007, this simulcast of WLIR-FM ended with the new simulcast of 98.5 WBON, "La Fiesta", taking over the 96.9 frequency.

On January 3, 2008 in part because of the reach of the new antenna WLIR-FM began simulcasting programming from sister station WDRE (Party 105), fueling speculation that a change in format to ESPN was imminent.[24] On January 21, 2008, WLIR-FM became an ESPN Radio affiliate via a local marketing agreement with New York City radio station WEPN (then on 1050 AM, now on 98.7 FM).[25]

2010s: Jarad sells 107.1 FM[edit]

On February 9, 2011, Jarad Broadcasting of Hampton Bays entered into an asset purchase agreement with Holding Out Hope Church d/b/a WLIX Radio to sell the station for $650,000. On February 17, 2011, Holding Out Hope Church assigned the agreement to Livingstone Broadcasting, Inc.[26] On May 25, 2011 the sale of WLIR-FM to Livingstone Broadcasting Inc was completed. On August 1, 2011, WLIR-FM began broadcasting Christian programming as part of the WLIX Hope radio network.

WLIR Today[edit]

The original "World Famous" WLIR alternative music, air personalities, sounders, jingles, shrieks and screamers as well as today's new music can still be found at WLIR.FM.

In addition, starting November 23, 2016, WLIR resumed broadcasting over the air and can be heard on 105.3 WPTY-FM HD-3 in Suffolk County, NY.

WLIR/WDRE legacy[edit]

As of July 2012, a documentary entitled Dare to Be Different - WLIR: The Voice of a Generation by Ellen Goldfarb was in production. It is expected to detail the 1980s format change, the influence the station had, and its battles with the FCC. The stations staff and fans were also to be documented.[27]

People and personalities[edit]

Many WLIR personalities have had continued success and notoriety both on and off the air. Some of these include:

  • Abel Sanchez - Now on-air at Pulse87ny Online NY and KYLI Las Vegas
  • Alex "Alley Cat" Anthony - Now public address announcer for New York Mets
  • Amy "AJ Mistress of Modern Rock" Paige - Now on-air at The BIG 98, Nashville, TN
  • Andre "The Dredog" Ferro - Former Co-Program Director and Music Director - Now traffic reporter at News 12 Traffic and Weather
  • Armin Laszlo - Overnight jock in the late 1970s now a science teacher at Anning S. Prall Intermediate School 27 located in Staten Island, New York.
  • Barry (Ravioli) Carollo - Died December 26, 2014 in Sedona, AZ[28]
  • Basic Bob ("The Van Man") - WLIR Vinyl Van driver in the early 1980s
  • Beaver Kowalski - DeBella Travesty sports reporter
  • Ben Manilla - Now President of Ben Manilla Productions
  • Bernardo Moronta - Former weekend and overnight on-air talent - Now President of Programming at Moronta Media LLC and Board Op/DJ at 93.1 Amor New York City
  • Berner (on the beach) - Dennis Boerner, now independent entertainment professional at Den of Thieves, Hollywood, CA
  • Bill Holly - "All Request Morning Show" and Modern Rock Dance Party producer
  • Bob ("The Mighty") Waugh - Now on-air and program director at WRNR-FM, Annapolis, MD
  • Bob Kranes - Now Senior Director Marketing at The Decca Label Group/Universal Music Group
  • Bob Marrone - Currently Producer of Jazz Stew podcasts
  • Bob Wilson - Now WLIR historian, WLIR.FM internet radio programmer and owner of Next Wave Media
  • Brian Cosgrove - Now Music Director and on-air at WPPB, Southampton, NY
  • Carol Silva - "Mini Close-Up"/news, now on-air morning anchor at News 12 Long Island
  • Caroline Corley - Died November 25, 2013[29]
  • Catherine ("The Cat") McClenahan - Now actor, singer, host and writer in the Los Angeles area
  • Charlie Ahl - Now PD of WBOQ Boston
  • Chris "The Greek" Panaghi - Now President of Amathus Music / DJG Productions
  • Chris (Simmons) Scimone - Now on-air at 103.1 Max FM, Bay Shore, NY
  • Cooper Lawrence - Now on-air mornings at WBLI, Patchogue, NY
  • Couzin Ed - Underground Network, now manager of "The Irish Pol" bar in Philadelphia, PA
  • Dale Reeves - Now President of REVOmedia Productions
  • Dan Binder - Now Senior Research Consultant at Sparknet Research & Consulting and President at db Media Services
  • Dan "CORKY" Posner - Now Senior Project Engineer at Underwriters Laboratories
  • Dan Zako - Former General Manager, now Regional Sales Manager at Pandora
  • Danny Toy - Now self-employed Voiceover Actor / Broadcast Announcer
  • Daredrew
  • Darrin Smith - Now Vice President, Music Programming at SiriusXM Radio, on-air and Program Director at SiriusXM Radio "1st Wave"
  • Dave "DC" Caggiano - "DC's All Night Diner" died September 8, 2009
  • Dave Plotkin - Former Production Director - now Production Director at CBS Radio/WINS-AM, New York and WLIR.FM
  • Delphine Blue - Now Pilates Teacher at Uptown Pilates, Programmer & DJ at eastvillageradio.com and DJ & Producer at WBAI-FM, NY
  • Denis McNamara - Now consultant at NYM, Inc. - Inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010. In the process of writing his autobiography.[5]
  • Dennis Daniel
  • Donna Donna - Now on air at WBAB, appeared in the 1988 concert film Depeche Mode 101 and a 2011 rockumentary about The Replacements, "Color Me Obsessed"[30]
  • DJ Theo - Live broadcasts & In The Mix 1997-2004, former MD of WXXP, now radio/mixshow personality on WPTY Calverton NY and celebrity DJ/Producer[14]
  • Doug Frye
  • Drew Kenyon - Morning show 1999–2000, now owner of Drew Kenyon Productions
  • Drew Scott - News, now on-air weekend anchor at News 12 Long Island
  • Earle Bailey - Now on-air at Sirius XM Radio Deep Tracks
  • Ed Zeidner - News Director
  • Elliot Jacobi
  • Elton Spitzer - Died April 17, 2016[31]
  • Eric Bloom - "The Bozo Patrol"
  • Eric "Fly Guy" Davis - "Box" program director - now Chief Operating Officer at National Media Services, Inc.
  • Evan "Funk" Davies - Now Director Business & Operations, VH1 Digital at VH1 and on air at WFMU, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Faithful Marianne
  • Famous Bob
  • Flo & Eddie - "By The Fireside"
  • Frank Bruno - Now Production Director, Fox News Talk at Fox News Radio
  • Gary Cee - Former Program Director - now Director of Operations and on-air at WNNJ, Newton, New Jersey and Rock 93.3, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Gene Pardo - Morning show announcer
  • George Taylor Morris - Died in 2009[32]
  • Hank Fredricks - News
  • Harlan Friedman - Now Owner of The Harlan Group, Sports Correspondent at Live It Up! and consultant at Factory 77, Inc.
  • Heather Schoen - Former Public Affairs Director 1971-1974 - now President at Schoen and Company
  • Hillary Blazer - Now owner of Hillary Blazer Voiceovers and Freelance Voice Talent at Don Buchwald & Associates
  • Howie Greene - ("The Greene Team")
  • Hugh Foley - Now Dr. Hugh Foley - Professor at Rogers State University, OK
  • Jed Morey - Now President at Morey Publishing and publisher of the Long Island Press
  • Jeff Berlin - WLIR imaging voice - now owner of Jeff Berlin Creative
  • Jeff Carlson Beck -
  • Jeff Faus - Production staff
  • Jeff Jensen - Now traffic reporter at Cablevision
  • Jeff Levine - Former program director - now President at South Florida Chamber Maps
  • Jerry Rubino - "Left of Center" - now at Weehawken, NJ based The Syndicate marketing and consulting agency
  • Jim Cameron - Evenings and operations manager 1972–1975, now Program Director of Darien CT government TV station Darien TV79 and President at Cameron Communications Inc.
  • Jim McGuinn - Now Program Director at KCMP-FM "The Current", Minneapolis, MN
  • Jimmy Howes - Weekend on-air personality 1989, now program director at WGHT-AM, Pompton Lakes, NJ
  • Jodi Vale - Now on-air at WKJY-FM "KJOY", Long Island
  • Joe Bonadonna - Now Program Director at WHAM-AM & WAIO-FM, Rochester, NY
  • Joe Taggart - Morning show (1996–1999), now a Long Island-based stand up comic
  • Joel Moss - Former program director in the 1970s progressive era before Denis McNamara; Joined heritage rocker WEBN-FM, Cincinnati in 1984 where he is still Creative Services Director (12/16/11)
  • Joey Salvia - Now technical director/creative director for "The Mike Huckabee Show"
  • John "Johnny McFly" Caracciolo - Now owner of JVC Media LLC
  • John ("Don't call me Johnny") DeBella - Now morning driver at WMGK, Philadelphia
  • John Moschitta - Now operations manager and program director at WDVE and WXDX in Pittsburgh, PA
  • John R. Rieger - Former owner, died of natural causes in August 2005[2]
  • Jon Daniels - Now on-air at WKJY-FM, Hempstead, NY
  • Jonathan Lobdell - Now Director of Marketing at Metropolitan Talent Presents
  • Jonathan Clarke Grevatt - Now on-air at WAXQ-FM, NY
  • Kathi "Domonique" Lee - Now on-air at WBAB, Babylon, NY
  • Ken Kohl - Program Director (1972-1975), now Director Radio Operations DIRECTV Entertainment at DIRECTV
  • Kerin McCue - News, now News Anchor & Reporter at WOR-AM, NY and on-air at WXPK-FM "The Peak", Briarcliff Manor, NY
  • Kim Berk - Now on-air at WLS-FM Chicago
  • Larry "The Duck" Dunn - Now Newsday Sr. Vice President of Advertising Sales and on-air at SiriusXM Radio "1st Wave"
  • Larry Kleinman
  • Laurie Gail - Now Vice President Radio & Label Relations for Play MPE
  • Lazlow - "The Technofile" and "Underground Hard Drive"
  • Lenny "Peter Puberty" Diana - Now Brand Manager for WLZX and WAQY, Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Linda Joseph
  • Lisa Ritchie - Morning show co-host and News Director (1989-1993), Now weekday evening News Anchor for 770am WABC, New York
  • "Long Tall" Andy Geller - Now a national voice over artist - AndyGeller.com
  • Lorraine Rapp - Now co-host/co-producer of Take Care at WRVO Public Media
  • (John) Loscalzo - Died April 1, 2015[33]
  • Lynda Lopez - Now on-air news anchor at WCBS, NY
  • Malibu Sue - Now on-air at WHLI and News 12 Traffic & Weather
  • Maria Chambers - Now Instructor at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Traffic Reporter at Total Traffic and Supervisor at WKWZ Syosset High School
  • Margaret Locicero - Promotions director (1973-1979), now president of Blame It On Us Marketing & Promotion
  • Mark "The Shark" Drucker - died February 23, 2005
  • Matt Cord - Now evenings on-air at WMMR-FM, Philadelphia
  • Matt Wolfe - Now Production Manager at ABC Radio
  • Max "The Mighty Maximizer" Leinwand - Now Director of programming at MediaPlace
  • Meg Griffin - Now on-air at Sirius Radio "The Loft" and "Classic Rewind"
  • Michael "Eppy" Epstein - Punky reggae party and owner of "My Father's Place"
  • Michael Ross - Former part-timer and on air at WPLJ-FM, WSHE-FM, WZTA-FM and WBGG-FM, died January 1, 2000
  • Michael Tapes - Tuesday Night Concert Series producer, now owner of Michael Tapes Design, Melbourne, FL
  • Mike "Kidman" DeFosses - Underground Network Morning Show, now a realtor in Glastonbury, CT
  • Mike Jones - "The man with a face for radio"
  • Michael R. Glaser - WLIR Hempstead Assistant Chief Engineer, NBC-TV New York, Barnstable Broadcasting, Long Island Radio Group Engineering Manager / Chief Engineer. Now RF Supervisor for Cumulus Media, New York City - 770 WABC, 95.5 WPLJ, WNSH, WNBM, WELJ.
  • Mina Greene ("The Greene Team") - Now weekend news anchor at WBZ-AM, Boston
  • Mindy Barstein - Owner WXUR-FM AND WRNS-AM in Utica /Rome, NY
  • Morgan "Morgasm" Thomas - Now looking for her next broadcasting challenge
  • Mrs. Gyrtlebaumer "Mr. Hand" (Eric Wasserman)
  • Nancy "The Lady in Red" Abramson - Now VP, Affiliate Sales & Content at Compass Media Networks
  • Orli - The English Muffin
  • Otis Finn (Jim Finnemore)
  • Pam Merly
  • Pat McCormilla
  • Paul Cavalconte - Now Host, The Vinyl Experience PRN Progressive Radio Network and on-air at WFUV, New York and WQXR-FM, Newark, NJ
  • Paul W Robinson - PD - Mid-days - Founder & CEO Emerald City Radio Partners
  • Pete "Captain Traffic" Tauriello - Now traffic reporter at 1010 WINS
  • Peter Schacknow - News, now senior producer at CNBC
  • Ray White - Now on-air at Classical KDFC, San Francisco
  • Richard Neer - Now announcer at WFAN AM & FM[3]
  • Rob Rush - Now on-air at WWSK ("94.3 The Shark"), Smithtown, NY and production/voiceovers at Connoisseur Media Long Island
  • Ron "RJ" Morey - Now CEO of the Morey Organization
  • Russ Mottla - Former program director - now announcer at Encisage Radio Group, San Marcos, CA
  • Scott "DJ Bird" Peacock - "sitting in" - now owner/editor of Hockeybird.com
  • Sean "The Brain" Ross - Now VP of Music and Programming at Edison Research and Top 40 Update columnist at Billboard
  • Sharon "at the Shore" Sperber - Now President/Co-Owner of Trailhead Marketing
  • Shelley Miller - Former music director - now on-air at KTCZ-FM, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sid Zimet - Audio by Zimet, Workshop Recording Studio - died March 4, 1988
  • "Smokin" Joe Belsito
  • Spicey McHugh - Traffic reporter
  • Stacey Cahn- News Anchor/Reporter, "Mini Close-ups", Now Time in a Bottle Video Productions
  • Steve "The Pistol" Jones - Now VP ABC News Radio
  • Steve Kass (Kastenbaum) - Now New York-based correspondent for CNN Radio
  • Steve Morrison - Now on-air at WMMR-FM, Philadelphia, PA
  • Steve North - "Mini Close-Up"/News Director, now Broadcast Writer, CBS This Morning at CBS News
  • Steve Reggie - News, now traffic reporter at Metro Traffic
  • Steven Starr - Volunteer/news volunteer (1974-5), now CEO of CitizenGlobal.com
  • Susan Browning - Former Island morning show host - now radio personality at WHUD-FM, Peekskill, NY and Hotel Concierge at City Experts/New York Guest
  • Ted Taylor - Now new media and artistic director at House of Rock Entertainment
  • The Unknown DJ
  • "Tokyo" Rose Pisani - Former music director, now SVP Marketing for WE TV & Wedding Central
  • Tom Calderone - Now President of VH1
  • Tommy "DJ Tarnax" Nappi - Now on-air at WKTU-FM, Lake Success, NY and VP/Promotion for Warner Bros. Records
  • Trulia Child - "Platter D'Jour"
  • Vin Scelsa - Retired in 2015[34]
  • Willobee (Carlan) - Now Director of Broadcast Operations at Shamrock Communications, Reno, NV
  • Zim Barstein - Former General Manager, now Sales Manager at Arnold Aerial Advertising in Manhattan

Memorable moments and shows[edit]

WLIR had many memorable and unique shows. Some of these include:

  • Party in the Park - August 21, 1979
  • Party in the Park II - August 23, 1980
  • Tuesday Night Concert Series
  • "Off The Boat" Sunday night import show
  • "Party Out Of Bounds" Weekends
  • "Midnight Snack" with Ben Manilla
  • "The News Blimp"
  • Segue contests
  • WLIR "Heavy Hitters" softball team (featuring Billy Joel)
  • "Donna Donna's Spotlight Dance Dance" at Malibu Beach Club
  • "All Request Morning Show" with Malibu Sue and producer Bill Holly
  • "The Bozo Patrol" with Ben Manilla and Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult)
  • "The History of Modern Rock"
  • "Airline Club" and "DaREline"
  • "WLIR-kives"
  • Audio by Zimet
  • "WLIR Non-Conformal Ball" - April 1985
  • "Left of Center"
  • "DRE After Dark"
  • "LIR After Dark"
  • "LIR After Hours"
  • "Saturday Night Modern Rock Dance Party at Malibu"
  • "Friday Night 80's Dance Party at Malibu"

Clubs and venues[edit]

WLIR music and bands were featured at many Long Island venues. Some of these include:

  • My Fathers Place - Village of Old Roslyn, NY
  • "Spize" - Huntington, NY
  • "The Angle" - Mineola, NY
  • Calderone Concert Hall - Hempstead, NY
  • "007" - Franklin Square, NY
  • Malibu Night Club - Lido Beach, NY (last night open September 12, 1996)
  • The Dublin Pub - New Hyde Park, NY
  • Paris, NY - Huntington, NY
  • Spit - Levittown, NY
  • Chevy's - Bayshore, NY
  • The Oak Beach Inn - Oak Beach, NY
  • The Oak Beach Inn West - Island Park, NY
  • The Ritz - New York City, NY
  • The 1890s Club - Baldwin, NY
  • Speaks - Island Park, NY
  • Reds - Levittown, NY
  • Ultrasonic Recording Studios - Hempstead, NY
  • Uncle Sam's - East Meadow, NY
  • Luxe - Levittown, NY (final simulcast venue on Saturday nights)

See also[edit]

  • List of Internet radio stations
  • WQBU-FM — the current Garden City, New York radio station at 92.7 FM
  • WBON — the current Westhampton, New York radio station at 98.5 FM
  • WLIR-FM — the current Hampton Bays, New York radio station at 107.1 FM


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