Nassau-Suffolk, NY (Long Island)
Owner: Jarad Broadcasting/The Morey Organization
Other Countdowns available:
WLIR Top 92 Artists of All-Time (Sep. 2002)
WLIR Top 300 Songs of All-Time (Dec. 1999)
WLIR Top 200 Songs of All-Time (1988)
WLIR Top 200 Songs of the 1980's (date unknown)
At 12:14 P.M. on January 9, 2004, WLIR played its last song (Alphaville - Forever Young) before signing off the airwaves. So ended a twenty-year run that began in 1982 with its format change to modern rock.
The Morey Organization was founded by Ron Morey, who was a Canadian broadcaster and voice-over talent for Chevrolet and other advertisers. He used his savings to purchase WLIR in 1987 for less than $1 million. By the end of the year, WLIR endured a major shake-up that saw most of its on-air staff get axed and the changing of its call letters to WDRE (the call letters reverted to WLIR in 1997). In the late 90s, Ron's son Jed became President of The Morey Organization and became the youngest broadcast chief executive in America at the age of 24.
When WLIR 92.7 went off the air in 2004, the call letters were kept by Jarad Broadcasting and ended up on hard-rock station 107.1 "The Box." Three former WLIR DJ's went on to join Island 94.3 FM.
On December 10, 2005, WLIR came back on the air with a 2-hour flashback show weekdays from 12-2PM.