WRCN-FM

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WRCN-FM
City Riverhead, New York
Broadcast area Eastern and Central portions of Eastern Long Island
Branding LI News Radio
Slogan Long Island's 24 Hour News and Information Station
Frequency 103.9 MHz
First air date August 14, 1962 (as WAPC-FM)[1]
Format News/Talk
ERP 1,400 watts
HAAT 148 meters (486 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 18239
Transmitter coordinates 40°51′8.00″N 72°45′55.00″W / 40.8522222°N 72.7652778°W / 40.8522222; -72.7652778
Former callsigns WAPC-FM (1962-1967)[2]
WHRF-FM (1968-1972)
Owner JVC Media LLC
Sister stations WBON, WJVC, WPTY
Webcast Listen Live
Website linewsradio.com

WRCN-FM (103.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Licensed to Riverhead, New York, it began broadcasting in 1962 under the WAPC-FM call sign.[3] The station serves the eastern Long Island area. Over the years some respected names have spent time at this heritage former classic rocker including Bob Buchmann, Tom Calderone, Dee Snider, Zach Martin, Marc Coppola, Chris King, Matt Mangus, Kaptain Kevin, David Race, Bob Goodman, John Loscalzo, Zena Black, Joe "JT" Thomas, Rocky, Tim Sheehan, Rich Fisher, Drew Kenyon, Tony Paige and Chaz & AJ.[4] The station is currently owned by JVC Media LLC.

In 1978, WRCN changed format from Top 40 to what was then called Album Rock (now known as Classic Rock). The air staff at the time included Don Brink, Jeff Fisher, Chuck Mackin (currently at WLNG), Tim Tango (currently at WRIV), Tim Rechter, Malcom Gray and Susan Roberts.

On August 27, 2012, WRCN-FM shifted their format to mainstream rock, under the "Rock of Long Island" slogan.[5]

On November 15, 2013 at 5pm, WRCN-FM's rock format came to an abrupt end as the station temporarily changed formats to Christmas music. The station, going by the temporary name of "Christmas 103.9" then flipped to Conservative News/Talk as LI NewsRadio 103.9 on December 26, 2013.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1962 Broadcasting Yearbook, p. B-126
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "New Radio Station Begins Testing Operation in Riverhead" (PDF). Long Island Traveler - Mattituck Watchman. Southold New York. September 6, 1962. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ Fybush, Scott (February 3, 2003). "Smith, Barber End 18 Years at WPLR". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Venta, Lance (August 27, 2012). "WRCN Shifts To Everything That Rocks". RadioInsight. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ Venta, Lance (December 26, 2013). "WRCN Launches LI News Radio". RadioInsight. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 

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