WLIR (WLIR.FM) is an internet and over the air radio station (105.3
WPTY-HD3 Calverton-Roanoke, NY) that plays the new music/modern rock
that was originally heard on WLIR/WDRE (92.7 FM, 98.5 FM, and 107.1
FM) in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s along with the alternative rock of
the 2000s to the present. The spirit of the original
maintained with the music mix and the personalities, such as Larry The
Duck, Andre & Rob Rush. Bob Wilson long time
WLIR employee and
historian created the WLIR.FM website and programs the music
WLIR on FM radio
1.1 1959-1970: 92.7 FM beginnings
1.2 1970s: The progressive era
1.3 1980s: Dare to be different
Alternative rock expands
1.4.1 After the Underground Network
1.5 2000s: Move to 107.1 FM
1.6 2010s: Jarad sells 107.1 FM
3 WLIR/WDRE legacy
3.1 People and personalities
3.2 Memorable moments and shows
3.3 Clubs and venues
4 See also
6 Further reading
7 External links
7.1 Owner and format changes
7.2 Fan websites
WLIR on FM radio
WLIR was best known as an influential radio station that launched the
careers of many music acts and disk jockeys from the 1970s through the
1990s. In 1970, it changed to a progressive rock format before
switching to a new music/modern rock format in 1982. The station
originally broadcast from studios at the Garden City Hotel, Garden
City, New York, then 175 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead, New York, 1600
Stewart Avenue, Westbury, New York, and finally, 1103 Stewart Avenue,
Garden City, New York, with its transmitter located on the North Shore
Towers in Floral Park, New York.
1959-1970: 92.7 FM beginnings
WLIR was founded in 1959 by John R. Rieger. It was licensed to Garden
City, New York on the frequency 92.7 FM and played a mix of Broadway
tunes and classical music from a basement studio in the Garden City
1970s: The progressive era
WLIR logo from 1979.
In the spring of 1970, announcers
Richard Neer and Mike Harrison
convinced Rieger to change to a progressive rock format, with
Harrison as Program Director. This meant playing obscure artists,
playing many cuts off an album (not just the hit singles), and having
disc jockeys speak in a slow, mellow tone. The new format debuted on
July 1, 1970. The station also began its long-running series of live
concert broadcasts from the nearby UltraSonic Recording Studios and
later from local clubs such as
My Father's Place and The Ritz. Artists
featured on the series included Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers
Band, Dr. John, Jackson Browne, The Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Hall
and Oates and many other notable performers of the era. In addition to
the live concert series
WLIR promoted local bands such as The Good
Neer and Harrison departed for progressive-rock
WNEW-FM in 1971. The
air staff in the early 70's included Program Director Ken Kohl, George
Taylor Morris, Jim Cameron, Joel Moss, Malcolm Davis (later a longtime
star of Boston Radio as "Austin from Boston" on WODS-FM), Charlie Ahl
(WPLJ, WHN and
WCBS-FM NYC as Chris Charles), Dave ("The Wrench")
Friedman and Public Affairs producer Heather Schoen.
As the 1970s went on, most rock stations drifted into a more
commercial album oriented rock direction, but
WLIR bucked this trend.
As punk and new wave rock started to become popular at the end of the
1970s, most rock stations in the
United States ignored these genres.
WLIR, again, bucked the trend by playing artists from these genres.
1980s: Dare to be different
In 1982, it was decided that in order for the station to move into the
future, a format change was needed. Program director Denis McNamara
recommended to the station's owner that he choose one of two formats,
either progressive adult contemporary or New Music. Although adult
contemporary seemed commercially appealing, New Music was chosen
because it was more in step with the "dare to be different" campaign
being used to promote the new format and it was more "fun". On
August 2, the format switch occurred. The station featured new wave
(McNamara "hated" that term because he felt it was a trendy phrase
that might be out of style in a year), synthpop, post-punk, early
alternative rock acts as well as novelty records. The personalities of
the disc jockeys became much more upbeat. The station became known
worldwide for introducing new artists and playing singles months (if
not years) before other stations.
WLIR became the first radio
commercial station in the country to play U2, The Cure, The Smiths,
New Order, Duran Duran, Madonna, George Michael,
Men at Work
Men at Work and
Prince. The station was one of the few commercial radio stations in
United States to play these types of artists. One method of doing
so was the "Screamer of the Week," a feature in which listeners would
call in and vote for their favorite new song of the week. New Order,
Depeche Mode, Ultravox, Yaz and Blancmange were early staples of the
new music format. According to McNamara, the "entire music industry
was looking upon 'LIR and that 'LIR marketplace of New York and Long
Island as one of the hippest music areas of the world. People used to
refer to it as the gateway to America if you were an upcoming
In 1987, the station's license was revoked after a fifteen-year
battle, which began in the early 1970s when the station operated only
on special temporary authority granted by the FCC. As a result of
this revocation, the station changed ownership on December 18, 1987,
WLIR call letters were changed to WDRE by the new owner, Jarad
Broadcasting (it would regain the
WLIR call letters some years
later). The interim operator (Elton Spitzer's Phoenix Media Corp.)
WLIR call letters to an AM radio station in Rockland County,
New York. The previous owners also took the "Dare To Be Different"
slogan with them as intellectual property, so WDRE's moniker became
"New Music First". The feature "Screamer of the Week" became "Shriek
of the Week," and the station remained on the cutting edge of new
music as they broke new bands into the next decade, like Nine Inch
Nails, Nirvana and others.
Alternative rock expands
In 1991, the station changed its moniker again, this time to "The
Cutting Edge of Rock."
The explosion in popularity of grunge and alternative rock in the
early 1990s led to a period of turmoil. The synthpop-based music on
which much of the station's playlist was based was now out of fashion.
Alternative rock artists which used to be played almost exclusively on
the station were now being played on many rock and pop music
In 1992, WDRE started simulcasting its programming with what was 103.9
WIBF-FM Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, which later became WDRE
Jenkintown/Philadelphia. Subsequently, in the mid 1990s, Greg Morey
claims to have created the first alternative rock network known as
"The Underground Network." The Underground Network consisted of
the following stations:
Call sign in 1995
Current Call sign[a]
Garden City/New York City
Westhampton/eastern Long Island
[a] - As of January 6, 2017[update]
[b] - Nights only
WLIR logo used from 1998 to sign off on 1/9/2004.
Four years after WIBF became WDRE's first affiliate, The Underground
Network was disbanded. In 1996, it was decided that WDRE Garden City
would switch formats to adult album alternative (AAA), bring back
Malibu Sue (who had been fired earlier by then program director
Russ Mottla), change its call letters back to
WLIR and change its
moniker to "The Island". That same year, WDRE Philadelphia became a
local, independent modern rock station.
After the Underground Network
In 1997, Jeff Levine was named program director, Gary Cee
assistant program director, and night jock
Lynda Lopez became music
director. New features implemented during this era included Malibu
Sue's All Request Morning, The 5:00 Rush, Flashback Lunch, LIR After
Dark, Andre's 9:00 Knockout, and "In the Mix," an important
alternative dance show with DJ Theo and Andre. The station had a
unique sound during that era with the combination of alternative from
chart toppers Coldplay, Foo Fighters,
No Doubt but also alternative
dance from Daft Punk, Wolfsheim, Moby, Fatboy Slim and others. Gary
Cee took over as program director shaking things up by bringing in
British jock The English Muffin (Orli Auslander) for the afternoon
drive. This popular sound helped WLIR's ratings and would continue
when to the station's end in January 2004.
2000s: Move to 107.1 FM
WLIR "The Box" logo used during 2004 when the station changed its
On January 9, 2004,
Univision bought the 92.7 frequency and other
assets for $60 million and began simulcasting the Spanish radio
format of WCAA Newark,
New Jersey on 92.7 under the call letters WZAA.
WLIR then signed off at noon with "Forever Young" by Alphaville.
Andre Ferro would be the last jock heard on the 92.7 airwaves,
followed by a message from ownership. The
WLIR call letters moved to
the 107.1 frequency on Eastern Long Island, which had been
WLIR for several years. The new
WLIR adopted an
active/modern rock format and new image as "THE BOX". Since 107.1
FM is located about 50 miles east of the original
WLIR at 92.7 FM,
many of the station's fans in New York City, southwestern Connecticut,
southern Westchester County, New York, northeastern New Jersey, and
even the western parts of
Long Island itself could not easily receive
the station. Many of these areas were closer geographically to other
stations occupying 107.1 FM (
WXPK in central
Westchester County and
WWZY in Long Branch, New Jersey) which hindered reception.
On September 12, 2005,
WLIR changed formats to a block-sponsored
smooth jazz/chill music format known as "FM Channel 107: NeoBreeze."
This same block-sponsored type formatting was also instituted at two
other stations owned by The Morey Organization, WLIR's owner. As a
result of this change, all of the on-air staff was fired. This truly
marked the end of WLIR's unique over the air "new music" format after
almost three decades. In addition, with the new format, the station
would run commercial-free during the day, with the actual airtime
during this period paid for by advertisers. According to the station's
owners, this move was made as an attempt to take on satellite radio
and MP3 players, which had been cutting into listeners of traditional
radio. In an effort to keep
WLIR and its alternative music
WLIR employee and historian Bob Wilson developed the
WLIR.FM website and began an internet broadcast of
WLIR music called
On December 20, 2005, after three months of low ratings, the NeoBreeze
format was dropped, and the
WLIR alternative format returned.
Jeff Levine was there from 2006 to 2007. During that time, LIR had a
safe, almost hot adult contemporary sound, similar to WPLJ, and
carried Islanders Hockey.
On December 26, 2006, BusinessTalkRadio.net President and Chief
Executive Officer Michael Metter announced the purchase of three Long
Island radio stations: Alternative
WLIR-FM (107.1 FM), Classic Rocker
WBON (98.5 FM), and Top 40/Rhythmic WDRE (105.3 FM).
renamed WBZB and flipped to a business talk format on January 2, 2007.
The sales of
WLIR-FM and WBZB were approved on February 27, 2007. The
selling price for
WLIR-FM and WBZB was $1.75 million for each
station. The total selling price for all three stations would have
been $5 million, however the sale was never completed, and WBZB
returned to the
WLIR 107.1/ESPN Logo used from January 2008 thru July 2011
In September 2007,
WLIR began broadcasting from a new antenna at a
location 5 miles to the west of the original. On October 11, 2007,
WLIR-FM began simulcasting on a translator in Manorville, W245BA (96.9
FM), expanding its coverage area into western Suffolk County and a
portion of eastern Nassau County. On November 18, 2007, this simulcast
WLIR-FM ended with the new simulcast of 98.5 WBON, "La Fiesta",
taking over the 96.9 frequency.
On January 3, 2008 in part because of the reach of the new antenna
WLIR-FM began simulcasting programming from sister station WDRE (Party
105), fueling speculation that a change in format to ESPN was
imminent. On January 21, 2008,
WLIR-FM became an ESPN Radio
affiliate via a local marketing agreement with
New York City
New York City radio
station WEPN (then on 1050 AM, now on 98.7 FM).
2010s: Jarad sells 107.1 FM
On February 9, 2011, Jarad Broadcasting of Hampton Bays entered into
an asset purchase agreement with Holding Out Hope Church d/b/a WLIX
Radio to sell the station for $650,000. On February 17, 2011, Holding
Out Hope Church assigned the agreement to Livingstone Broadcasting,
Inc. On May 25, 2011 the sale of
WLIR-FM to Livingstone
Broadcasting Inc was completed. On August 1, 2011,
broadcasting Christian programming as part of the WLIX Hope radio
The original "World Famous"
WLIR alternative music, air personalities,
sounders, jingles, shrieks and screamers as well as today's new music
can still be found at WLIR.FM.
In addition, on November 23, 2016,
WLIR resumed broadcasting over the
air and can be heard on 105.3 WPTY-FM HD-3 in Suffolk County, New
After 5 years of production, documentary entitled Dare to Be Different
- WLIR: The Voice of a Generation by Ellen Goldfarb debuted at the
Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017. It details WLIR's history and
format change, the influence the station had, and its battles with the
FCC. The station's staff, musical firsts and fans were also
documented. After the premiere A Flock of Seagulls, The English
Beat's Dave Wakeling, and
The Alarm played live sets.
People and personalities
WLIR personalities have had continued success and notoriety both
on and off the air. Some of these include:
Abel Sanchez — On-air at Pulse87ny Online NY
Alex "Alley Cat" Anthony — Public address announcer for New York
Amy "AJ Mistress of Modern Rock" Paige — On-air at The BIG 98,
Andre "The Dredog" Ferro — Former Co-Program Director and Music
Director, now hosting "The Flashback Lunch with Andre" on WLIR.FM and
Traffic Reporter for 880 WCBS
Armin Laszlo — Overnight jock in the late 1970s, science teacher at
Anning S. Prall Intermediate School 27 located in Staten Island, New
Barry (Ravioli) Carollo — Died December 26, 2014 in Sedona, AZ
Basic Bob ("The Van Man") —
WLIR Vinyl Van driver in the early 1980s
Beaver Kowalski — Former DeBella Travesty sports reporter
Ben Manilla — President of
Ben Manilla Productions and instructor at
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he also runs the
Bernardo Moronta — Former weekend and overnight on-air talent, now
Owner/Program Director at AmazingLiteMusic.com and Traffic Manager at
Berner (on the beach) — Dennis Boerner, independent entertainment
professional at Den of Thieves, Hollywood, CA
Bill Holly — "All Request Morning Show" and Modern Rock Dance Party
Bob ("The Mighty") Waugh — On-air and program director at WRNR-FM,
Bob Kranes — Senior Director Marketing at The Decca Label
Group/Universal Music Group
Bob Marrone — Producer of Jazz Stew podcasts
Bob Wilson —
WLIR historian, WLIR.FM internet radio programmer and
owner of Next Wave Media
Brian Cosgrove — Music Director and on-air at WPPB, Southampton, NY
Carol Silva — "Mini Close-Up"/news, now on-air morning anchor at
News 12 Long Island
Caroline Corley — Died November 25, 2013
Catherine ("The Cat") McClenahan — Actor, singer, host and writer in
the Los Angeles area
Charlie Ahl — On-air at WCBS-FM, WHN and
WPLJ NY, WOMC-FM Detroit
(as Charlie Curtis) and host of the syndicated "Weekly Country Music
Chris "The Greek" Panaghi — President of Amathus Music / DJG
Chris (Simmons) Scimone — On-air at 103.1 Max FM, Bay Shore, NY
Christine Connallon — Former Production Director, now Partner and
Mindshare and Professional Concert
Photographer/Photo Journalist in the New York area
Cooper Lawrence — On-air mornings at WBLI, Patchogue, NY
Couzin Ed — Was on during Underground Network, manager of "The Irish
Pol" bar in Philadelphia, PA
Dale Reeves — President of REVOmedia Productions
Dan Binder — Senior Research Consultant at Sparknet Research &
Consulting and President at db Media Services
Dan "CORKY" Posner — Senior Project Engineer at Underwriters
Dan Zako — Former General Manager, Regional Sales Manager at Pandora
Danny Toy — Self-employed Voiceover Actor / Broadcast Announcer
Darrin Smith — Vice President, Music Programming at SiriusXM Radio,
on-air and Program Director at SiriusXM Radio "1st Wave"
Dave "DC" Caggiano — "DC's All Night Diner" died September 8, 2009
Dave Plotkin — Former Production Director, Production Director at
CBS Radio/WINS-AM, New York and WLIR.FM
Delphine Blue — Pilates Teacher at Uptown Pilates, Programmer &
DJ at eastvillageradio.com and DJ & Producer at WBAI-FM, NY
Denis McNamara — Now consultant at NYM, Inc. Inducted into the Long
Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010. In the process of writing his
Don K. Reed - long-time evening DJ on
WCBS-FM and host of its
legendary "Doo-Wop Shop".
Donna Donna — On air at WBAB, appeared in the 1988 concert film
Depeche Mode 101 and a 2011 rockumentary about The Replacements,
"Color Me Obsessed"
DJ Theo — Live broadcasts & In The Mix 1997-2004, former MD of
WXXP, now radio/mixshow personality on
WPTY Calverton NY and celebrity
Drew Kenyon — Morning show 1999–2000, owner of Drew Kenyon
Drew Martin — Account Executive WDRE, on-air currently at WEHM
Drew Scott formerly news, now retired
Earle Bailey — On-air at
Sirius XM Radio
Sirius XM Radio Deep Tracks
Ed Zeidner — News Director
Elton Spitzer — Took over
WLIR in 1973, died April 17, 2016
Eric Bloom — "The Bozo Patrol"
Eric "Fly Guy" Davis — Formerly 107.1 "The Box" program director,
Chief Operating Officer at National Media Services, Inc.
Evan "Funk" Davies — Director Business & Operations,
VH1 and on air at WFMU, Jersey City, New Jersey
Flo & Eddie — "By The Fireside"
Frank Bruno — Production Director,
Fox News Talk at Fox News Radio
Gary Cee — Former Program Director, now Director of Operations and
on-air at WNNJ, Newton,
New Jersey and Rock 93.3, Poughkeepsie, New
Gene Pardo — Morning show announcer
George Taylor Morris
George Taylor Morris — Died in 2009
Hank Fredricks — News
Harlan Friedman — Owner of The Harlan Group, Sports Correspondent at
Live It Up! and consultant at Factory 77, Inc.
Heather Schoen — Former Public Affairs Director 1971-1974, President
at Schoen and Company
Hillary Blazer — Owner of Hillary Blazer Voiceovers and Freelance
Voice Talent at Don Buchwald & Associates
Howie Greene ("The Greene Team")
Hugh Foley — Dr. Hugh Foley, Professor at Rogers State University,
Jed Morey — President at Morey Publishing and publisher of the Long
Jeff Berlin —
WLIR imaging voice, owner of Jeff Berlin Creative
Jeff Carlson Beck
Jeff Faus — Production staff
Jeff Jensen — Traffic reporter at Cablevision
Jeff Levine — Former program director, now President at South
Florida Chamber Maps
Jerry Rubino — Formerly hosted "Left of Center," at Weehawken, NJ
based The Syndicate marketing and consulting agency
Jim Cameron — Evenings and operations manager 1972–1975, Program
Director of Darien CT government TV station Darien TV79 and President
at Cameron Communications Inc. 
Jim McGuinn — Program Director at KCMP-FM "The Current",
Jimmy Howes — Weekend on-air personality 1989, program director at
WGHT-AM, Pompton Lakes, NJ
Jodi Vale — On-air at WKJY-FM, Long Island
Joe Bonadonna — Program Director at WHAM-AM & WAIO-FM,
Joe Taggart — Morning show (1996–1999), Long Island-based stand up
Joel Moss — Former program director in the 1970s progressive era
before Denis McNamara; Joined heritage rocker WEBN-FM, Cincinnati in
1984 where he is still Creative Services Director (12/16/11)
Joey Salvia — Now technical director/creative director for "The Mike
John "Johnny McFly" Caracciolo — Owner of JVC Media LLC
John ("Don't call me Johnny") DeBella — Morning driver at WMGK,
John Moschitta — Operations Manager and Program Director at WDVE and
WXDX in Pittsburgh, PA
John R. Rieger — Former owner, died of natural causes in August
Jon Daniels — On-air at WKJY-FM, Hempstead, NY
Jonathan Lobdell — Director of Marketing at Metropolitan Talent
Jonathan Clarke Grevatt — On-air at WAXQ-FM, NY
Kathi "Domonique" Lee — On-air at WBAB, Babylon, NY
Ken Kohl — Program Director (1972-1975), Director Radio Operations
DIRECTV Entertainment at DIRECTV
Kerin McCue — Formerly news, News Anchor & Reporter at WOR-AM,
NY and on-air at WXPK-FM "The Peak", Briarcliff Manor, NY
Kim Berk — On-air at
Larry "The Duck" Dunn — Strategic Sales Leader at Sirius XM Radio
Inc and on-air at SiriusXM Radio "1st Wave"
Laurie Gail — Vice President Radio & Label Relations for Play
Lazlow — "The Technofile" and "Underground Hard Drive"
Lenny "Peter Puberty" Diana — Brand Manager for
WLZX-FM and WAQY,
Lisa Ritchie — Morning show co-host and News Director (1989-1993),
weekday evening News Anchor for 770 WABC, New York
"Long Tall" Andy Geller — National voice over artist, AndyGeller.com
Lorraine Rapp — Co-host/co-producer of Take Care at WRVO Public
(John) Loscalzo — Died April 1, 2015
Lynda Lopez — On-air news anchor at WCBS, NY
Malibu Sue — On-air at
WHLI and News 12 Traffic & Weather
Maria Chambers — Instructor at the
Connecticut School of
Broadcasting, Traffic Reporter at Total Traffic and Supervisor at WKWZ
Syosset High School
Margaret Locicero — Promotions director (1973-1979), President of
Blame It On Us Marketing & Promotion
Mark "The Shark" Drucker — Died February 23, 2005
Matt Cord — Evenings on-air at WMMR-FM, Philadelphia
Matt Wolfe — Production Manager at ABC Radio
Max "The Mighty Maximizer" Leinwand — Director of Programming at
Meg Griffin — On-air at Sirius Radio "The Loft" and "Classic Rewind"
Michael "Eppy" Epstein — Punky reggae party and owner of "My
Michael Ross — Former part-timer and on air at WPLJ-FM, WSHE-FM,
WZTA-FM and WBGG-FM, died January 1, 2000
Michael Tapes — Tuesday Night Concert Series producer, owner of
Michael Tapes Design, Melbourne, FL
Mike "Kidman" DeFosses — Underground Network Morning Show, realtor
in Glastonbury, CT
Mike Jones — "The man with a face for radio"
Michael R. Glaser —
WLIR Hempstead Assistant Chief Engineer, NBC-TV
New York, Barnstable Broadcasting,
Long Island Radio Group Engineering
Manager / Chief Engineer. Now RF Supervisor for Cumulus Media, New
York City, 770 WABC, 95.5 WPLJ, WNSH, WNBM, WELJ.
Mina Greene ("The Greene Team") — Weekend news anchor at WBZ-AM,
Mindy Barstein — Owner WXUR-FM AND WRNS-AM in Utica /Rome, NY
Morgan "Morgasm" Thomas — Looking for her next broadcasting
Mrs. Gyrtlebaumer "Mr. Hand" (Eric Wasserman)
Nancy "The Lady in Red" Abramson — VP, Affiliate Sales & Content
at Compass Media Networks
Orli (The English Muffin) - Now, artist, illustrator and writer
Otis Finn (Jim Finnemore)
Paul Cavalconte — Host, The Vinyl Experience PRN Progressive Radio
Network and on-air at WFUV, New York and WQXR-FM, Newark, NJ
Paul W. Robinson — PD, Mid-days, Founder & CEO Emerald City
Pete "Captain Traffic" Tauriello — Traffic reporter at 1010 WINS
Peter Schacknow — Formerly news, senior producer at CNBC
Ray White — On-air at Classical KDFC, San Francisco
Richard Neer — Announcer at WFAN AM & FM
Rob Rush — On-air at
WWSK ("94.3 The Shark"), Smithtown, NY and
Connoisseur Media Long Island
Ron "RJ" Morey — CEO of the Morey Organization
Russ Mottla — Former program director, announcer at Encisage Radio
Group, San Marcos, CA
Scott "DJ Bird" Peacock ("sitting in") — Owner/editor of
Sean "The Brain" Ross — VP of Music and Programming at Edison
Research and Top 40 Update columnist at Billboard
Sharon "at the Shore" Sperber — Executive Producer/Owner of
EatSeeHear, Los Angeles & President/Co-Owner of Trailhead
Shelley Miller — Former music director, on-air at KTCZ-FM,
Sid Zimet — Audio by Zimet, Workshop Recording Studio, died March 4,
"Smokin" Joe Belsito
Spicey McHugh — Traffic reporter
Stacey Cahn — News Anchor/Reporter, "Mini Close-ups", Time in a
Bottle Video Productions
Steve "The Pistol" Jones — VP ABC News Radio
Steve Kass (Kastenbaum) — New York-based correspondent for CNN Radio
Steve Morrison — On-air at WMMR-FM, Philadelphia, PA
Steve North — "Mini Close-Up"/News Director, Broadcast Writer, CBS
This Morning at CBS News
Steve Reggie — Formerly news, traffic reporter at Metro Traffic
Steven Starr — Volunteer/news volunteer (1974–75), CEO of
Susan Gail Browning — Former Island morning show host, radio
personality at WHUD-FM, Peekskill, NY
Ted Taylor — New media and artistic director at House of Rock
The Unknown DJ
"Tokyo" Rose Pisani — Former music director, SVP Marketing for WE TV
& Wedding Central
Tom Calderone — President of VH1
Tommy "DJ Tarnax" Nappi — On-air at WKTU-FM, Lake Success, NY and
VP/Promotion for Warner Bros. Records
Trulia Child ("Platter D'Jour")
Vin Scelsa — Retired in 2015
Willobee (Carlan) — Now Program Director/Operations Manager &
Afternoon Host at KVNV - NV89 in Reno NV
Zim Barstein — Former General Manager, Sales Manager at Arnold
Advertising in Manhattan
Memorable moments and shows
WLIR had many memorable and unique shows. Some of these include:
Party in the Park — August 21, 1979
Party in the Park II — August 23, 1980
Tuesday Night Concert Series
"Off The Boat" Sunday night import show
"Party Out Of Bounds" Weekends (named after the B-52's song of the
"Midnight Snack" with Ben Manilla
"The News Blimp"
WLIR "Heavy Hitters" softball team (featuring Billy Joel)
"Donna Donna's Spotlight Dance Dance" at Malibu Beach Club
"All Request Morning Show" with Malibu Sue and producer Bill Holly
"The Bozo Patrol" with
Ben Manilla and
Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult)
"The History of Modern Rock"
"Airline Club" and "DaREline"
Audio by Zimet
WLIR Non-Conformal Ball" - April 1985
"Left of Center"
"DRE After Dark"
"LIR After Dark"
"LIR After Hours"
"Saturday Night Modern Rock Dance Party at Malibu"
"Friday Night 80's Dance Party at Malibu"
Clubs and venues
WLIR music and bands were featured at many
Long Island venues. Some of
My Father's Place — Village of Old Roslyn, NY
"Spize" — Farmingdale, NY
"The Angle" — Mineola, NY
Calderone Concert Hall — Hempstead, NY
"007" — Franklin Square, NY
Malibu Night Club — Lido Beach, NY (last night open September 12,
The Dublin Pub — New Hyde Park, NY
Paris, NY — Huntington, NY
Spit — Levittown, NY
Chevy's — Bayshore, NY
The Oak Beach Inn — Oak Beach, NY
The Oak Beach Inn West — Island Park, NY
The Ritz — New York City, NY
The 1890s Club — Baldwin, NY
Speaks — Island Park, NY
Reds — Levittown, NY
Ultrasonic Recording Studios — Hempstead, NY
Uncle Sam's — Levittown, NY
Legz - Valley Stream, NY
Luxe — Levittown, NY (final simulcast venue on Saturday nights)
Internet radio stations
WQBU-FM — the current
Garden City, New York
Garden City, New York radio station at 92.7 FM
WBON — the current
Westhampton, New York
Westhampton, New York radio station at 98.5 FM
WLIR-FM — the current Hampton Bays, New York radio station at 107.1
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WLIR.FM — New York's Original Alternative Station streaming "The
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Greg Morey at iMedia Connection
Dare to Be Different on IMDb
Query the FCC's FM station database for WPTY
Radio-Locator information on WPTY
Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WPTY
Owner and format changes
WLIR Loses Its License (December 18, 1987) — audio clip of the last
day of 92.7
WLIR in 1987
WLIR Signs-Off (January 9, 2004) — audio clip of the last day
WLIR in 2004
92.7 Archive & Aircheck Registry
WLIR Screamers & Shrieks lists
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By FM frequency
88.51 (Plainview) 88.51 (Syosset)
91.3 (Huntington Station) 91.3 (Southampton)
93.3 (Coram) 93.3 (Southampton)
94.9 (Hauppauge) 94.9 (Montauk)
96.9 (East Hampton) 96.9 (Manorville)
100.3 (Bridgehampton) 100.33 (Westhampton)
100.7 (Islip) 100.7 (Southampton)
105.7 (East Hampton) 105.7 (Selden)
107.1 (Hampton Bays) 107.1 (Melville)
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