Once again, the plug is being pulled on Y107 in New Jersey. The owners of the four-station group that calls itself WYNY, simulcasting a country music format on their joint frequency of 107.1, will reportedly adopt a Spanish language format on Cinco de Mayo. I doubt the station will retain its name, as the letter Y in Spanish is the word "and" which is a rather silly radio station name - And 107?
The Long Branch affiliate, WWZY, was known as Y107 during the mid-80's as first a hit music station, then a rocker, until owner Mammoth Broadcasting sold out to the K&K Broadcasting LP and pulled the plug in the wee hours of January 20, 1989. The new owner fired the entire staff (including the proprietor of this web site), changed the calls from WMJY to WZVU and adopted a lite format and the name "Seaview 107". K&K later sold the station (as well as its sister station in Erie, PA), which then went to an oldies format using jocks like Big Joe Henry.
The actual WYNY station is licensed to Briarcliff Manor, NY, and the use of the calls goes back to the 70's when NBC had the station at the 97.1 frequency.
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