One of New York’s legendary FM radio stations drops the tunes for breaking news.
After decades of filling the airwaves with music – from disco to soft rock – “Alt 92.3” on the FM dial is now ready to begin simulcasting 24-hour news for 1010 WINS, the station’s parent company. information, Audacy, announced on Monday.
Audacy said the move would expand its footprint in the New York metro area.
“At a time when quality journalism and local reporting is so critical, this was the perfect time to invest heavily in our news creation and distribution capabilities,” said Chris Oliviero, Market President of Audacy. New York, in a press release.
“Audacy New York’s news organization, anchored by both 1010 WINS and WCBS 880, is the premier audio outlet in the city and now more than ever, we remain committed to serving our audience as we have. over the past 50 years,” says Oliviero.
Former 1010 WINS brand manager Ben Mevorach has been promoted to vice president of New York News for the company and will oversee the new 1010/92.3 and CBS lineup.
But the move is sure to break the hearts of longtime FM listeners in the tri-state area.
The FM station began broadcasting in the late 1940s, but made waves when it converted to disco music under the call letters WKTU, capitalizing on the rise of the dance genre.
Rock fans still remember the station as 92.3 K-Rock when it changed format in 1985, the first of many incarnations that included years as the home of shock jock Howard Stern.