In this week’s issue… LI AM donated – Remembering Syracuse’s traffic king – PA AM back in family hands – Translators flip in Maine
By SCOTT FYBUSH
*What’s a daytime-only AM radio station worth in eastern Long Island? A tax deduction, apparently, for Connoisseur Media, which is donating WALK (1370 Patchogue) to Cantico Nuevo Ministry, which is fast dominating the AM airwaves on the island.
WALK’s 500-watt signal has been used in recent years to simulcast the soft AC/standards format of WHLI (1100 Hempstead), which is running largely without local talent after Connoisseur’s recent cutbacks in local airshifts there. We don’t know yet whether it will become part of the Radio Cantico Nuevo Spanish-language religious network that airs on WNYH (740 Huntington) and WNYG (1580 Patchogue), or whether 1370 and its yet-to-be-built translator, W236DH (95.1), will be leased out to another operator. (That’s what Cantico Nuevo does with WLIM 1440 Medford, which is the originating station for “The Breeze” soft AC format feeding Long Island translators.)
What we do know is that the 1370 tower and former studio site on the waterfront in Patchogue is being sold in a separate $500,000 deal to the parent church group of Cantico Nuevo, Iglesias de Evangelizacion Misionera Jovenus Cristianos de EU Inc., and that the WALK calls will stay with Connoisseur, which uses them on its WALK-FM (97.5).
With 1370 in Cantico Nuevo’s hands, there will be only a few AMs left on the island that aren’t held by pastor Erick Salgado’s group. Cantico Nuevo is also in the midst of buying WTHE (1520 Mineola), which will leave only Bruce Tria’s WRIV (1390) in Riverhead, the college-owned WFTU (1570) there, and leased-time WBWD (540 Islip) alongside WHLI.
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