WLIR-FM Garden City New York: Screamers and Screeches of the Week - 1980 to 1997
updated over 4 years ago
WLIR 92.7FM was a "Dare to Be Different" radio station based out of Garden City, NY. With a signal that reached about 8 million people - from Greater NYC in the west to the forks of Long Island in the east - WLIR was one of the first American broadcasters to switch formats from sterile album rock to new wave. In later years, the station played dance mixes and evolved into a modern / alternative rock station.
Screamers of the week (also referred to screeches at different points in the station's history) were tracks nominated by each member of the air staff and chosen by listeners by call-in vote. This list includes all singles within the Discogs database that were announced as winner each Friday. Scrolling down from Autumn 1980 through Summer 1997, the reader can virtually hear both the evolution of both the station's playlist and the changes in music taste of the listening public.
Headquartered at their studios on Long Island with broadcast towers on the north shore of Queens, the station on the fringe of the city survived by staying ahead of large market broadcasters with a playlist 'too different' for urban stations that needed bigger audiences to attract advertisers.
End of an Era
With alternating call letters, from WLIR (Long Island Rocks) to WDRE (Dare) and an eventual move up the dial to a new frequency, the station's luster gradually faded, culminating in the sale of its frequency rights for $60 million to Spanish language Univision in October 2003.
Table of Contents (Based on Show 100 per Page)
Page #1: Late Autumn 1980 → Late Summer 1982
Page #2: Late Summer 1982 → Mid-Summer 1984
Page #3: Mid-Summer 1984 → Early-Summer 1986
Page #4: Early-Summer 1986 → Mid-Summer 1988
Page #5: Mid-Summer 1988 → Early-Summer 1990
Page #6: Early-Summer 1990 → Mid-Summer 1992
Page #7: Mid-Summer 1992 → Late-Summer 1994
Page #8: Late-Summer 1992 → Last Week of 1994