WFAS Becomes Radio 103.9

Radio 103.9 WNBM Bronxville New York Tom Joyner DL Hughley

Previous Format: AC “103.9 WFAS-FM” New Format: Urban AC “Radio 103.9” WNBM Date & Time Of Change: July 4, 2014 at 1:03pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia

92.3 Now Becomes Amp Radio

92.3 Amp Radio New York WNOW-FM Rick Thomas CBS

Previous Format: CHR “92.3 Now” New Format: CHR “92.3 Amp Radio” Date & Time Of Change: May 22, 2014 at 2:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: 92.3 K-Rock Becomes Now-FM

92.3 K-Rock WXRK becomes Free-FM WFNY-FM

92.3 Free FM Free-FM David Lee Roth Opie Anthony JV Elvis Doghouse WFNY WFNY-FM New York

Previous Format: Rock “92.3 K-Rock” WXRK New Format: Hot Talk “92.3 Free-FM” WFNY-FM Date & Time Of Change: January 3, 2006 at 6:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia When Howard Stern announced his departure from terrestrial radio in late 2004, then-Infinity Broadcasting was left with a year to put together plans for replacements. In October, they […]

WNWS-FM Becomes Y97 WYNY

Previous Format: News “NewsCenter 97” WNWS-FM New Format: AC “Y97” WYNY Date & Time Of Change: January 1, 1977 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Big Apple Airchecks

94.7 NashFM Launches

Previous Format: Christian “Family Radio” WFME New Format: Country “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH Date & Time Of Change: January 21, 2013 at 9:47am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: WFME Signs-Off, 94.7 Spins The Wheel of Formats

WFME Signs-Off

Previous Format: Christian “Family Radio” WFME New Format: Currently Simulcasting 95.5 WPLJ Date & Time Of Change: January 11, 2013 at 3:39pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: 94.7 Spins The Wheel of Formats, 94.7 NashFM Launches

New Rock 101.9 Becomes WFAN-FM

Previous Format: Alternative “New Rock 101.9” WRXP New Format: Sports WFAN-FM Date & Time Of Change: November 2, 2012 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Alan N.

New Rock 101.9 Debuts

Previous Format: News “FM News 101.9” New Format: Alternative “New Rock 101.9” Date & Time Of Change: July 17, 2012 at 10:05am More Info: RadioInsight

The End Of Kiss-FM; Debut of 98.7 ESPN

Previous Format: Urban AC “98.7 Kiss-FM” New Format: Sports “98.7 ESPN” Date & Time Of Change: April 30, 2012 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia The Final Day Of 98.7 Kiss-FM | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | The End |  

WRXP Begins Stunting

Previous Format: Alternative “101-9 RXP” New Format: Stunting “101.9 FM New” (Became News “101.9 FM News” WEMP in August) Date & Time Of Change: July 15, 2011 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Airchecks: WQCD Becomes WRXP, WRXP Says Goodbye

WRXP Says Goodbye

Previous Format: Alternative “101-9 RXP” WRXP New Format: News “101.9 FM News” WEMP Date & Time Of Change: July 14, 2011 at 10:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: WQCD Becomes WRXP, WRXP Begins Stunting

Pulse 87 Signs-Off

Previous Format: Dance CHR “Pulse 87″ New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Party-FM” Date & Time Of Change: October 30, 2009 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Tony Santiago

WQXR Becomes X96.3 WXNY

Previous Format: Classical WQXR New Format: Spanish CHR “X96.3″ WXNY Date & Time Of Change: October 8, 2009 at 8:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: WQXR Moves From 96.3 To 105.9

105.9 WCAA Becomes WQXR

Previous Format: Spanish CHR “La Kalle 105.9” WCAA New Format: Classical WQXR Date & Time Of Change: October 8, 2009 at 8:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: 105.9 WCAA Moves To 96.3

92.3 K-Rock becomes Now-FM

For much its life, WXRK “92.3 K-Rock” was synonymous with Howard Stern. Stern joined the station in 1986 and it was his flagship until he left for Sirius at the end of 2005. Outside of Stern, the station’s identity was always evolving. It started out as Classic Rock, shifted to Alternative, and later Active Rock […]

101.1 WCBS-FM Returns

When Dan Mason returned as President of CBS Radio in the Spring of 2007, the first thing he did was make it clear that many of the blunders of the past few years needed to be fixed. The “Free-FM” brand was slowly dissolved, leading to the return of K-Rock. San Francisco’s KFRC was relaunched on […]

92.3 Free-FM WFNY Reverts To K-Rock

” Nappy Headed **** ” Three words that shook the number one radio market and the industry as a whole. We all know about Don Imus’ misguided comments and the uproar it caused. The trickle down effect would directly lead to this and other format changes across the country including WSBG Stroudsburg and KIFR San […]

101.1 WCBS-FM Becomes Jack-FM

It was the day many never thought would happen. And when it happened, two of the top three radio markets would simultaneously wonder what had happened. At around 3:50pm WCBS-FM midday jock Bill Brown hinted at something about to go down in his final break. At 4:00 the station played a half-hour of songs with […]

102.7 WNEW becomes “102.7 Blink”

It was a long time coming. What was once one of the most revered rock stations in the country, 102.7 WNEW lost its way in the mid-1990’s. Constant musical shifts: AAA, Alternative, Classic Rock, Mainstream Rock, back to Classic Rock took their toll on the audience. Finally an answer was found as the station hired […]

1050 WEVD Gives Way To ESPN

Previous Format: News/Talk WEVD New Format: Sports “1050 ESPN Radio” (Station would become WEPN in April 2003) Date & Time Of Change: September 1, 2001 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia

105.1 WBIX flips from AC to Rhythmic Oldies

Sensing the failure of Big 105, it soon became obvious it would be the 2nd format on the frequency to fail to last 12 months. AMFM had been developing the Jammin Oldies format across the country, and it was just a matter of time before the format found its way into New York. In early […]

105.1 WNSR becomes “Big 105″

In August of 1997, ten months into the life of WDBZ, Bonneville was planning on pulling the plug and returning the WNSR calls and “Soft Rock 105″ format to battle head to head with WLTW. However, the change was put on hold as Bonneville finalized a deal to sell the station to Chancellor, the owner […]

105.1 WMXV ends Showtunes stunt, launches Modern AC “The Buzz”

Previous Format: Hot AC “Mix 105″ WMXV New Format: Modern AC “105.1 The Buzz” WDBZ Date & Time Of Change: November 14, 1996 at 6:00am More Info: Wikipedia In 1996, Mix 105 began to feel the squeeze of WLTW and WPLJ. Market speculation had the station flipping to Mainstream CHR to compete against WKTU, however […]

103.5 WYNY Becomes Dance CHR WKTU

It would be hard to imagine a need for a CHR station in New York. For decades WABC and later Z100 would play all the hits in America’s biggest market. By 1996, Z100 had strayed into an Alternative Rock direction opening a hole for a station with a beat. By then WYNY’s ratings had remained […]

WYNY Announces Coming Format Change

Previous Format: Country “Country 103.5” WYNY New Format: Dance CHR “103.5 KTU” WKTU Date & Time Of Change: February 1, 1996 More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: 103.5 WYNY Becomes Dance CHR WKTU

104.3 WNCN flips from Classical to Active Rock WAXQ “Q104.3″

Pure Rock Q104.3 WAXQ New York Trent Tyler Christine Nagy Heidi Hess Razz Vinny Marino

Previous Format: Classical WNCN New Format: Active Rock “Q104.3” WAXQ Date & Time Of Change: December 18, 1993 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia, New York Daily News Related Changes: 104.3 WNCN New York Becomes Rock WQIV Being one of three Classical Music stations in the New York market in a time when radio is more […]

660 WNBC bids farewell

In 1988 General Electric purchased RCA and with it NBC. Due to FCC ownership fules at the time, GE could only keep either the NBC Television stations or its Radio stations. Obviously the radio stations were the ones to go. Emmis Broadcasting, which owned 1050 WFAN and 103.5 WQHT saw this as a perfect opportunity […]

1050 WFAN Moves To 660

In 1988 General Electric purchased RCA and with it NBC. Due to FCC ownership fules at the time, GE could only keep either the NBC Television stations or its Radio stations. Obviously the radio stations were the ones to go. Emmis Broadcasting, which owned 1050 WFAN and 103.5 WQHT saw this as a perfect opportunity […]

97.1 WYNY Becomes Hot 97 WQHT

Previous Format: Country “Country 97″ WYNY New Format: Dance CHR “Hot 97″ WQHT Date & Time Of Change: September 22, 1988 at 5:30pm More Info: Wikipedia In 1988, as part of the purchase of RCA by General Electric, NBC was required to sell off their radio holdings. Emmis Broadcasting acquired NBC’s two frequencies in New […]

Hot 103 WQHT Becomes Country 103.5 WYNY

Previous Format: Dance CHR “Hot 103″ WQHT New Format: Country “Country 103.5″ WYNY Date & Time Of Change: September 22, 1988 at 5:30pm More Info: Wikipedia In 1988, as part of the purchase of RCA by General Electric, NBC was required to sell off their radio holdings. Emmis Broadcasting acquired NBC’s two frequencies in New […]

WLIR Loses Its License

Previous Format: Modern Rock WLIR New Format: Modern Rock WDRE Date & Time Of Change: December 18, 1987 More Info: Wikipedia, WLIR.FM, New York Times

1050 WHN flips from Country to All-Sports WFAN

Previous Format: Country WHN New Format: Sports WFAN Date & Time Of Change:July 1, 1987 at 3:00pm More Info: Wikipedia Jeff Smulyan had an idea. What if you could recreate barroom discussion of sports on a 24 hour radio station. Lucky for Jeff, he happened to be the President of Emmis Broadcasting, which happened to […]

97.1 WYNY flips from AC to Country

With the publicly known flip of WHN from Country to All-Sports as WFAN taking place on July 1, 1987, it was known that there would be a void for country music in the New York Metropolitan Area. WYNY, was one of four AC stations targeting the same audience. Taking both into consideration, WYNY became “Country […]

105.1 WRFM flips from Beautiful Music to AC WNSR

As we proceeded through the 1980’s the older targeting music formats weren’t cutting it anymore. The baby boomers were approaching their thirties and wouldn’t tolerate “Elevator Music” at work. WRFM’s ratings had taken a tumble from Adult Contemporary stations WYNY and WLTW along with fellow Easy Listening WPAT. In order to compensate, on April 15, […]

Z100 Launches

Previous Format: Standards/Jazz WVNJ New Format: CHR “Z100” WHTZ Date & Time Of Change: August 2, 1983 at 6:08am More Info: Wikipedia

77 WABC changes format from Top 40 to Talk

There’s not much to really say about this one. Throughout the 60’s and 70’s WABC was New York Radio and nationally known to the point in the early 70’s it was consistently ranked in Pittsburgh’s ratings. The 50kw Top 40 machine in America’s biggest market. In the late 70’s the radio landscape began to change […]

104.3 WNCN New York Becomes Rock WQIV

Previous Format: Classical New Format: Progressive Rock Date & Time Of Change: 11/7/1974 11:00am More Info: WNCN.org, Wikipedia, and Youtube Thank You To Robert Resnick For Contributing This Aircheck

1050 WMGM Becomes WHN

Previous Format: Top 40 “1050 WMGM” New Format: Middle Of The Road “1050 WHN” Date & Time Of Change: February 28, 1962 at 5:30pm More Info: Wikipedia, Las-Solanas Aircheck Via: WCPR1620