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CityHuntington, New York
BrandingRadio Cantico Nuevo
Frequency740 kHz
Translator(s)See § Translators
First air date1951 (as WGSM)
FormatSpanish Christian
Power25,000 watts (day)
43 watts (night)
Facility ID29259
Transmitter coordinates40°51′4.00″N 73°26′16.00″W / 40.8511111°N 73.4377778°W / 40.8511111; -73.4377778Coordinates: 40°51′4.00″N 73°26′16.00″W / 40.8511111°N 73.4377778°W / 40.8511111; -73.4377778
Callsign meaningW New York Huntington[1]
Former callsignsWGSM (1951-2005)[2]
World's Greatest Suburban Market[1]
OwnerWin Radio Broadcasting Corporation
WebcastListen Live

WNYH (740 AM "Radio Cantico Nuevo") is a radio station licensed to Huntington, New York, it serves the Long Island area and broadcasts a Spanish language Christian radio format. The station is owned by Win Radio Broadcasting Corporation, with studios in Bayside, New York[3] and transmitter in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.


WNYH signed on as WGSM in 1951 with studios originally in the Sammis Building on New York Avenue in Huntington. Edward J. Fitzgerald founded the station and Jack Ellsworth (WALK, WLIM) was the original PD.[4][5] In 1968 they moved to Rt 110 and the Northern State Parkway. Over the years, the station has sported many formats and been owned by many radio groups.

On May 22, 1995, WGSM switched from soft adult contemporary to country, with local band showcases on the weekend.[6][7] Then the station simulcast WMJC 94.3; a short time later, new ownership and GM approved the station's switch to becoming the New York area's first Radio Disney affiliate in 1997. WGSM lost the Radio Disney affiliation in December 1998 after WQEW became New York City's Radio Disney affiliate. At that time, WGSM began simulcasting the Adult Standards format of sister station WHLI 1100 AM.

In 2001, WGSM was sold to K Communications for $2.5 million. The format was changed to Korean language programming. Over the next few years, WGSM spent a lot of time on and off the air. In 2004, a Korean group was contacted by two local radio broadcasters, to lease the station. The two met in his Flushing broadcast center, and presented a proposal to Kwon and two associates to lease the station---then still known as WGSM, to flip it to country, with a secret formatics (A blend of Country-Rock) to be confidential until the station was announced operational again. The station was playing Korean language and music. The station was then sold to Win Radio Broadcasting Corporation and changed call letters to WNYH on September 1, 2005.

WNYH began playing an oldies format featuring music from the mid-1940s through the early 1980s.

On October 21, 2008, much of WNYH's broadcast day was leased to One Caribbean Radio, who previously bought time on WSNR 620 AM in Jersey City. Self-proclaimed "Global Mix" music aired sunrise – 10 am and 3 pm – sunset. Between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm programming varied and included infomercials, oldies music, Caribbean music, and brokered talk shows. All the One Caribbean Radio programming was terminated in late March 2009 for an unknown reason, and moved to WSKQ 97.9 FM HD2.

On January 1, 2011 the format was replaced by Radio Cantico Nuevo, a Spanish Christian format.

The station is licensed for daytime broadcast, to protect Toronto, Ontario, Canada Class-A clear-channel station CFZM (CHWO until 2008) and it is authorized to broadcast at night at 43 watts, which basically only covers the greater Huntington village area.[8]


Broadcast translators of WNYH
Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
m (ft)
Class Transmitter coordinates FCC info Notes
W264DG 100.7 Islip (hamlet), New York 144440 250 100 m (330 ft) D 40°48′27″N 73°10′46″W / 40.80750°N 73.17944°W / 40.80750; -73.17944 (W264DG) FCC License granted February 27, 2019

See also[edit]

Radio Cantico Nuevo is also heard on these stations.


  1. ^ a b "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  3. ^ Main studio location
  4. ^ "Program Director On New Radio Station" (PDF). The Long Islander. Huntington New York. 5 July 1951. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Long Island Radio History: AM Stations". Archived from the original on 25 October 2017.
  6. ^ Radio & Records Magazine
  7. ^ Stark, Phyllis (3 June 1995). "Vox Jox". Billboard. 107 (22): 104.
  8. ^ "Predicted Nighttime Coverage Area for WNYH 740 AM". Theodric Technologies LLC. Retrieved 3 February 2017.

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