|City||Huntington, New York|
|Branding||Radio Cantico Nuevo|
|First air date||1951 (as WGSM)|
|Power||25,000 watts (day)
43 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||W New York Huntington|
|Former callsigns||WGSM (1951-2005)
World's Greatest Suburban Market
|Owner||Win Radio Broadcasting Corporation|
WNYH (740 AM "Radio Cantico Nuevo") is a radio station broadcasting a Spanish-language Christian radio format. Licensed to Huntington, New York, United States, it serves the Long Island area. The station is owned by Win Radio Broadcasting Corporation, with studios at 131 Jericho Turnpike in Jericho, 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. 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.
In 1995 WGSM switched from soft adult contemporary to country, with local band showcases on the weekend. 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 formattics (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, 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.
Radio Cantico Nuevo is also heard on these stations.
- WJDM licensed to Elizabeth, New Jersey
- WNYG licensed to Medford, New York
- WPDI licensed to Hazlet, New Jersey
- WVIP-HD3 licensed to New Rochelle, New York
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