WLIR-FM Garden City New York: Screamers and Screeches of the Week - 1980 to 1997

By JohnBckWLD JohnBckWLD
updated over 4 years ago

Preface
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.

Contents
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.

The Station
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

  1. Suzi Quatro - Rock Hard

    A-Side: Rock Hard
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    4th Week September-1980

  2. Robert Palmer - Johnny And Mary

    A-Side: Johnny & Mary
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    1st Week October-1980

  3. The Police - De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

    A-Side: De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    2nd Week October-1980

  4. Jonny Destry & Destiny - Girls, Rock 'N Roll & Cars

    32 For Sale from $1.28

    Title Track: Girls, Rock N Roll & Cars
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    3rd Week October-1980

  5. Yellow Magic Orchestra - Tighten Up

    A-Side: Tighten Up
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    4th Week October-1980

  6. Bruce Springsteen - Hungry Heart

    A-Side: Hungry Heart
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    5th Week October-1980

  7. Neil Young - Hawks & Doves

    Track Title: Stayin' Power
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    1st Week November-1980

  8. Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties

    A-Side: You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    2nd Week November-1980

  9. Human Sexual Response - What Does Sex Mean To Me?

    11 For Sale from $2.42

    Track Title: What Does Sex Mean To Me?
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    3rd Week November-1980

  10. Human Sexual Response - Fig. 14

    Track Title: Jackie Onassis
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    4th Week November-1980

  11. The Waitresses - I Know What Boys Like

    1 For Sale from $20.40

    A-Side: I Know What Boys Like
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    1st Week December-1980

  12. Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Lies (Through The 80's)

    A-Side: Lies (Through The 80s)
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    2nd Week December-1980

  13. The Clash / Mikey Dread - Hitsville U.K. / Radio One

    A-Side: Hitsville U.K.
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    3rd Week December-1980

  14. Stevie Wonder / Rev. Martin Luther King* - Happy Birthday / I Have A Dream

    A-Side: Happy Birthday
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    4th Week December-1980

  15. Crazy Joe* & The Variable Speed Band - Eugene

    14 For Sale from $2.00

    A-Side: Eugene
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    1st Week January-1981

  16. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)

    A-Side: Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    2nd Week January-1981

  17. Steve Winwood - While You See A Chance

    A-Side: While You See A Chance
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    3rd Week January-1981

  18. Stray Cats - Runaway Boys

    A-Side: Runaway Boys
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    4th Week January-1981

  19. Phil Seymour - Precious To Me

    A-Side: Precious To Me
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    5th Week January-1981

  20. Pearl Harbour - Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost Too

    Track Title: Everybody’s Boring But My Baby
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    1st Week February-1981

  21. Phil Collins - I Missed Again

    A-Side: I Missed Again
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    2nd Week February-1981

  22. Leon Redbone - From Branch To Branch

    11 For Sale from $4.00

    Track Title: Seduced
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    3rd Week February-1981

  23. Garland Jeffreys - Rock & Roll Adult

    Track Title: R.O.C.K.
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    4th Week February-1981

  24. The Searchers - Love's Melodies

    33 For Sale from $3.00

    Title Track: Love's Melodies
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    1st Week March-1981

  25. Ellen Foley - Spirit Of St. Louis

    Track Title: Torchlight
    WLIR Screamer of the Week:
    2nd Week March-1981