JVC Broadcasting has pulled the plug on Rock 103.9 WRCN Riverhead, NY. Today, the station flipped from “Christmas 103.9“ to News/Talk “LI News Radio“.
The new format, which will feature a mix of local and syndicated hosts. Among the names that will be part of the station are Ernie Fasio, Vic Fusco, John Gomez, Kevin Law, Steve Levy, Frank MacKay and Jay Oliver. JVC will operate the new format out of studios they are currently building inside the terminal of the Islip Airport.
JVC President/CEO John Caracciolo sent out the following letter in regards to the format change:
A you know 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.
On December 26th when our holiday soundtrack ends, we will launch a new exciting radio format on the 103.9 frequency.
Over the past few months many of the JVC staff have been out talking to our partners, friends and clients, asking their opinion and their thoughts on what Long Island needed on the radio dial. Where are we lacking? What can we do as your local radio company to make your lives better and more enjoyable and ultimately make Long Island a better place to live, work and play?
We were amazed; we kept getting the same answer over and over. Long Islanders are starving for local news and information. Why should we have to wait 22 minutes to hear about the world when all we really want is Islip to Southampton? What’s the traffic like on the 347 merge or Sunrise Highway in Oakdale? With one local Newspaper and one Cable Channel dedicated to all of the 3.5 million residents of Long Island, what do you do if you don’t subscribe to Cablevision or pay for Newsday?
Newsday and News 12 do a great job and are very much needed on Long Island, but we deserve more. We deserve a 24 hour 7 day a week free source for local news and information. Let’s face it – If News 12 and Newsday don’t cover a local story from your community or report on an event that is important to you – where do you go to get that information? We need a media outlet dedicated to just us, all of us!
On December 26th we will present to you Long Island’s newest radio station, LI News Radio 103.9 FM.
In January 2012, JVC Broadcasting and Out of the Box Productions announced a joint venture: the talk show Turning Point with Frank MacKay, Independence Party Chair. The show started airing on JVCs My Country station (96.1 FM) on Saturdays from 8:00-9:00 AM, premiering January 28th. The show featured intriguing interviews with interesting guests in the fields of music, entertainment, politics, and the arts.
MacKay’s new radio show Breaking It Down will premiere December 26th on LI News Radio 103.9 FM, broadcasting 2-3pm weekdays. The show will examine the “hows” and “whys” concerning current happenings, with both national and local guests.
Turning Point will also be heard twice every weekend on the same station. “Breaking It Down” will be the daily lead-in to a prominent national host’s show, details to be announced later.
JVC Broadcasting is one of the largest independently owned and locally operated radio broadcast and entertainment companies. Run by local broadcasters, JVC’s commitment is to bring fun, exciting, local radio and live events back to its listeners and clients.
JVC Long Island stations serve the entire island and coastal Connecticut and include – flagship station Dance, Rhythmic WPTY-FM PARTY Radio on 105.3, Long Island’s only Spanish FM station, WBON LaFiesta on 98.5, heritage classic rock station 103.9 WRCN and the Island’s newest radio station and the only Country FM station in the tri-state area, WJVC-FM My Country 96.1.
JVC Florida stations serve North Central Florida and include – Country radio market leader My Country WTRS-FM broadcasting on two frequencies and covering over 120 miles of true Country! WMFQ-FM Q92 is the markets top Hot AC station. Party 99.5 is the newest station to take over the Gainesville market with a rhythmic dance and EDM flavor, and it’s a huge hit with the 57,000 students at The University of Florida, Gainesville. The cluster is rounded off with one of the most unique stations on the dial, SMOOTH 100.9 a relaxing blend of your favorite music, this is the kind of station that makes you crave rainy Sunday mornings with nothing to do!
JVC’s event division Long Island Events is the operator of The Pennysaver Amphitheater a 7000 person outdoor concert event facility on Long Island. These businesses power JVC, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions for local consumers enabling thousands of advertisers to tap in the 4.5 million customers JVC delivers though its live event, electronic media and digital platforms. We broadcast and present with the mindset that if we under promise and over deliver, have integrity in all of our relationships and create an atmosphere of high energy fun and excitement, our results will be exceptional for our clients, listeners and our families.