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|City||Riverhead, New York|
|Broadcast area||Eastern Long Island|
|Branding||LI News Radio|
|Slogan||Long Island's 24 Hour News and Information Station|
|Owner||JVC Media LLC|
First air date
|August 14, 1962|
Former call signs
|HAAT||148 meters (486 ft)|
Public license information
WRCN-FM (103.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a News/Talk radio format, licensed to Riverhead, New York and serving eastern Long Island. The station is owned by JVC Media LLC with studios located in Ronkonkoma, New York and transmitter located in Manorville, New York.
The station first went on the air in 1962 as WAPC-FM. In 1967 the call letters were changed to WHRF-FM, and in 1972 to the current WRCN-FM. Some of the names that have spent time at the station over the years include, 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.
In 1978, WRCN changed format from Top 40 to what was then known as 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, Tim Rector, Malcolm Gray and Susan Roberts.
On August 27, 2012, WRCN-FM shifted their format to mainstream rock, under the "Rock of Long Island" slogan.
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.
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- "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
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- "Call letter applications" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 24, 1972. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
- "10 Questions with ... Bob Buchmann". allaccess.com. February 13, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
- Fybush, Scott (February 3, 2003). "Smith, Barber End 18 Years at WPLR". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- Venta, Lance (August 27, 2012). "WRCN Shifts To Everything That Rocks". RadioInsight. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- Venta, Lance (December 26, 2013). "WRCN Launches LI News Radio". RadioInsight. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
- Official website
- WRCN in the FCC's FM station database
- WRCN on Radio-Locator
- WRCN in Nielsen Audio's FM station database
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