WLIW Set To Widen L.I. Radio Coverage


From April 2018 until July 2020, it had been in a simulcast with WLIR-FM and branded as “Real FM,” offering Classic Hits programming.

Soon, an FM translator with 10 watts of power covering such Long Island, N.Y., cities as Coram and Medford is set to be come a part of the WNET Public family.

The owner of NPR Member station WLIW-FM 88.3, which serves Suffolk County’s east end and is licensed to Hampton Bays, N.Y., is agreeing to purchase W245BA at 96.9 MHz, licensed to Manorville, N.Y.

The seller is Michael Aliffi, and he is earning $150,000 from the sale.

The deal negates a transaction consummated in November 2020 sale valued at just $10,000. It would have seen the translator become the property of former Big City Radio executive Michael Kakoyiannis.

With the translator, WLIW can expand its coverage westward into populous central Suffolk County.

WNET, known for its Thirteen PBS service, acquired WLIW-FM in October 2019, when it was known as WPPB-FM 88.3. It closed on the $944,834 acquisition in June 2020.