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Heritage Rocker WRCN-FM To Become “LI News Radio”

11/15/13

Generations of Long Islanders have grown up on the rock music from WRCN. Last week that all came to an end as owner JVC announced a flip to news/talk format will begin at 103.9 on December 26. The station is currently playing holiday music and will become "LI News Radio 103.9" after Christmas. JVC President/CEO John Caracciolo said, "Long Islanders are starving for local news and information" and said the station will be a "sounding board for issues that influence your community and your life."

The station made the move at 5 p.m. Friday; Caracciolo said in the WRCN newsletter, "WRCN has a long history and heritage on Long Island; many of us have grown up with the station and it has become an intricate part of our lives. But as our lives change, so does our soundtrack. What we listened to growing up is not necessarily what we listen to now, and what was important to us as teenagers maybe doesn't seem so important anymore. That's why we made the decision to change WRCN and develop and program a radio station that fits the needs of Long Island."

He also said WRCN has "too much respect for our listeners and our advertisers" to plan a format flip in secret, and wrote,  "You as Long Islanders created [LI News Radio 103.9]; we took your thoughts, your ideas, and your passion."

Among those who'll be heard on the new LI News Radio will be Jay Oliver, Steve Levy, John Gomez, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Ernie Fasio. A preview page with political interviews is up now at http://www.linewsradio.com/.




(1/18/2014 10:24:45 PM)
you suck JOHN.. head of jvc.im 55 and have been listening ..yes since a teenager.. to abruptly end this format is a disgrace. you suck sir.. let me re phrase..sir to scumbag

- russ roberts
(12/31/2013 8:21:24 AM)
You have the nerve to say that you have to much respect for the listeners, well obviously, you don't, you say we need more news and etc... there are much too many news stations as it is, what is disappearing, "THE KIND OF CLASSIC ROCK STATION THAT YOU ORIGINALLY REPRESENTED!". not for anything, but, You need to bring back the rock program which made you well loved to begin with. I am personally disgusted and at a loss as to who and why made a decision that affects thousands of people.

- John
(12/31/2013 8:19:03 AM)
You have the nerve to say that you have to much respect for the listeners, well obviously, you don't, you say we need more news and etc... there are much too many news stations as it is, what is disappearing, "THE KIND OF CLASSIC ROCK STATION THAT YOU ORIGINALLY REPRESENTED!". not for anything, but, You need to bring back the rock program which made you well loved to begin with. I am personally disgusted and at a loss as to who and why made a decision that affects thousands of people.

- John
(12/26/2013 8:14:18 AM)
This is probably the worst "news" station ever. The morning "anchor" is horrible.

- Kev
(12/18/2013 8:16:09 AM)
I spent much of my career at 1039 WRCN. It will be a sad day on 12/26. I don't wish anybody to fail but I do think that this news format will. Look what happened to 101.9 in NYC. I also realize that many people listen to internet and satelite radio for music but if you put interesting personalities on the air with the rock music that L.I. grew up with you would be successful. You can get the tunes anywhere but not talent that knows L.I. Good Luck to WRCN.

- Tony Paige

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