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WBAB
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City of license WBAB: Babylon, New York
WHFM: Southampton, New York
Broadcast area Long Island
Branding WBAB 102.3
Slogan Long Island's #1 Rock Station
Frequency WBAB: 102.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
WHFM: 95.3 MHz
First air date 1958
Format Rock/Classic Rock
ERP WBAB: 6,000 watts
WHFM: 5,000 watts
HAAT WBAB: 82 meters
WHFM: 108 meters
Class WBAB: A
WHFM: A
Facility ID WBAB: 71199
WHFM: 72176
Callsign meaning Babylon And Bayshore
Owner Cox Radio
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.wbab.com

WBAB is a rock radio station on Long Island. Located at 102.3 FM, the station is licensed to Babylon, New York and is owned by Cox Radio. The station is also simulcast on WHFM 95.3 FM in eastern Suffolk County. Both WBAB's 102.3 and WHFM's 95.3 are broadcast in HD. The station also streams its signal worldwide at www.wbab.com.

WBAB first went on the air in 1958. It simulcasted with WNYG 1440 AM, then called WBAB AM, until 102.3 FM was sold.

WBAB is best known for playing an album-oriented rock format and is considered one of the pioneering stations in the country to champion the format. Heritage bands like Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and Van Halen are heard on a regular basis, along with newer bands like Nickelback, Daughtry, Green Day, and Bon Jovi. This music receives a fair amount of play as the station does not limit itself to a strict classic rock format. This can classify It as an active rock format, similar to WXRK (before its switch to a Top 40 format) and northern New Jersey's WDHA.

An often asked question is the identity of the on-air commercial voiceover; the female voice who does all the self promotion spots for WBAB. The answer is "LJ Lovely", former on-air personality for sister station WBLI, and currently working in Sales, also for WBLI.

The radio station is the most listened to rock station on Long Island and scores in the Top 3 with Adults 25-54 years old. As of Spring 2009 WBAB's morning show of Roger and JP is #1 with Men 25-54 years old and #2 in Mornings with people 25-54. The afternoon show hosted by legendary jock Fingers is continually #1 or #2 with people 25-54 as well.

Contents

Air Personalities Past & Present

PRESENT ON-AIR LINE UP:

  • Roger Luce / John "JP" Parise "Roger and JP"
  • Edward "Ted" Lindner News/Traffic on Roger and JP Show
  • Donna Donna - Middays.
  • Fingers - Afternoon/Evenings.
  • Joe Rock - Overnights.

'Weekends/Swing

  • Joe Rock
  • Steady Eddie
  • Pete Rizzo
  • "Raven"
  • Rocky
  • Matt Wolfe (Board Op on Morning Show)

PREVIOUS ON-AIR PERSONALITIES

  • Bob Buchmann - Now PD at KLOS - Los Angeles.
  • Peri Appollo - Bob's first co-host and female newscaster. Fill-ins at KJOY, 98.3 FM.
  • Tracey Burgess - Now On-Air at THE FAN (WFAN)- New York..News/Traffic.
  • Lisa Ritchie - former fill-in for Tracey Burgess/morning co-host & news. Now On-Air at Cablevision's News 12 Traffic & Weather Channel 61.
  • "The Big E" Eric Wellman - Music Director / APD (WAXQ-FM) New York.
  • Gerry Martire - Now On-Air at Q104.3 (WAXQ-FM)- New York.
  • "Rockyn" Robyn Lane - Now Assistant Program Director/ Music Director On-Air at 95.9 "The Rat"(WRAT-FM)- New Jersey. On air Sirius Satellite Radio 2002-2008
  • "Gabrielle Nistico" - Now with Voicehunter.com
  • Steve "the Guy" Morris - Now in the Marketing/Community Affairs Department of Long Island daily newspaper, Newsday
  • Dennis Daniel -Was DJ on air and Production Director 1982-1990. Did all the great character voices in commercials and Gerry's Gin Joint (Including STAR WRECK). Now works in Advertising
  • Doug Yoel - Now performing as a singer/songwriter. President of Kindred Rhythm/Now Forward Music, Inc., an independent record label group. Former WBAB DJ, "Homegrown" programmer, and producer/song parodist for "The Opie Show" (as "Doug & The Ballbusters" & "Bob Dylan Weather").
  • Tracey Speed
  • "Ripley"
  • Jeff Levine - former WBAB program Director, now with Tribune publications, Florida.
  • Jodi Vale - now Music Director and on-air at WKJY-FM, NY.
  • "Domonique" - Now On-Air at 94.3 WMJC - Long Island, NY.
  • Morgan Thomas--National voiceover actor and on-Air at KSON-FM in San Diego, CA
  • Ed Banas. Now with 610WIP Sportsradio. Philadelphia.
  • AJ Gentile "Axl" -- MTV (XM Satellite) -- Now on Playboy Radio (Sirius Satellite)
  • Gregg "Opie" Hughes - Now On-Air/Syndicated-Various Markets/"The Opie & Anthony Show"- XM Satellite Radio.
  • David Race - Now Comedian/TV Host, actor and voiceover artist in Los Angeles, CA
  • Christina Lang (News & Traffic)- Now heard on 1050 WEPN (ESPN RADIO), afternoon's on "The Michael Kay Show".
  • John Klug - Now On-Air at 100.7 "The Bay" WZBA-FM - Baltimore, MD.
  • "Kayla" - Now On-Air at Sirius Satellite Radio "Octane" Channel - New York and a fill-in traffic reporter on WCBS-TV - New York.
  • Bret Levine (News & Traffic)
  • "Ally"
  • Jerry Schaeffer - Now On-Air at 103.9 WRCN-FM - Long Island, NY.
  • "Captain Kevin" - Now On-Air at 103.9 WRCN-FM - Long Island, NY.
  • Barry Floyd
  • Joe Taggart
  • Brett "The Brain" Fiumara - Now heard on Cablevision's News 12 Traffic & Weather Channel 61.
  • Sara Karl
  • Bob Stei- Now On-Air at Radio 104.5(WRFF) Philadelphia.
  • Ed Robinson
  • Chris Frohne
  • Annrae Fitzgerald - Now On-Air at 91X (XTRA-FM) - San Diego, CA

Discography

  • WBAB Homegrown Album (1981)
  • WBAB Son of Homegrown (1984)

Incidents

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Signal hijacking

On Wednesday, May 17, 2006, WBAB's microwave studio-to-transmitter link (STL) was jammed for about 90 seconds while the signal jammers aired a song called "Nigger Hatin' Me" by the 1960s-era white supremacist country singer Johnny Rebel. Roger Luce, the station's morning host, said at the time "Whatever that was - it was very racist... 22 years at this radio station - I've never seen anything like this." The station apologized that same day in a news conference outside the station.[1] The investigation of this matter is ongoing.

The incident made all the local newscasts that night. The next morning, it made the front page on Newsday with the headline "JACKED FM". The station's new general manager, John Shea, said, "I've only been here a week and we get hijacked." Former program director John Olsen said, "This was not some child's prank, this was a federal offense." The FCC's New York field manager Dan Noel made a visit to the Cox Radio Long Island building on May 20 to investigate the matter, which has never been solved.

The same incident had occurred a couple of weeks earlier when the same song aired on sister station WBLI on a Sunday night.

Problems with pirate radio stations

A pirate radio station identifying itself as "Red Hot Radio" broadcasts on 102.3 FM out of Flatbush, Brooklyn, many hours a day (especially after 5pm and all weekend), This plagues BAB's signal in Brooklyn, Queens and western Nassau County.

On November 6, 2007, the FCC, accompanied by US marshals, made a visit to the Red Hot Studios, based in an apartment complex on East 35th street and Avenue H, and seized equipment. However, the station returned to the air less than a month later from a new location, where they continue to broadcast from today. There are about 30 pirate radio stations on the air in Brooklyn interfering with radio stations on Long Island and the Hudson Valley daily. The investigation and follow up from the FCC continues.

Cox Radio Long Island has warned that they will move to go after any pirate broadcasters interfering with the WBAB signal on 102.3 or 95.3 FM, as well as sister 106.1 WBLI.

References

See also

  • Opie and Anthony - Opie met Anthony when Anthony submitted a song parody while Opie worked at WBAB

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