WLIR Loses Its License Long Island, New York | December 18, 1987 | 4 Comments 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 http://formatchange.com/audio/367.mp3 Related Posts 94.3 WMJC becomes Rock AC “Island 94.3” No Comments | Oct 24, 2004 105.1 WRFM flips from Beautiful Music to AC WNSR 83 Comments | Apr 15, 1986 WNWS-FM Becomes Y97 WYNY 2 Comments | Mar 1, 2013 New Rock 101.9 Debuts 6 Comments | Jul 17, 2012 4 Comments John December 18, 2011 Reply did this station actually loose their license or was that just a stunt to change calls and reimage? Lance December 18, 2011 Reply The original owners of WLIR did indeed lose their license. The new owners launched a new station with the same format and the WDRE call letters, which stood for WLIR’s slogan of “Dare To Be Different”. I forget the actual details, but the battle for 92.7 went back to 1972. Eventually, WDRE became “The Underground Network” with affiliates in Albany, Philadelphia, Memphis, Little Rock, and Cape Cod among others. In 1996, the WDRE calls were moved to the Philadelphia affiliate which by that time had localized its format and 92.7 returned to the WLIR calls. Elton Spitzer, the operator of WLIR was attempting to purchase a few other signals on Long Island to replace WLIR but they never panned out. Here’s a New York Times article on the situation that I’m going to add to the More Info section: http://www.nytimes.com/1987/12/18/nyregion/rock-radio-station-fades-out-on-li.html Charlie Ahl August 14, 2012 Reply I was one of the people who put the original “underground” WLIR on the air in 1970. ‘LIR’s problems went back to the days of original owner John Rieger, who was alleged to have played fast and loose with FCC regs, at one point “renting out” the station to the owner of a local electronics store. In his defense John probably had no idea it wasn’t kosher to transfer operation of a station without an FCC okay…probably thought since he wasn’t actually SELLING the station it was cool. IIRC, he also ran into tax problems for (allegedly!) failing to declare station trade deals as income. The FCC didn’t like that much, either. Ah, the days of “mom and pop” radio. Skorch January 18, 2013 Reply sad day in radio. closely followed by wfnx goodbye in boston. listener since 1978 from CT lots of coat hangers and wire to do this. Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name:* Email Address:* Website: Comment:* Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.