The iconic New York based alternative rock station 92.3aired its final show this morning, leaving listeners with one last song: “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” by LCD Soundsystem.
The station – which can be heard throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut – was once home to radio personality Howard Stern for 20 years.
WYNL ALT 92.3 FM changed its format to FM simulcast of AM news radio station 1010 VICTORIESOct. 27 at 9 a.m.
The change was announced earlier this month by ALT 92.3’s parent company, Audacya 50-year-old company that operates more than two dozen stations.
Audacy Market President Chris Oliviero said the move will help the company solidify its position as “the go-to trusted source for daily news, traffic and weather.”
“At a time when quality journalism and local reporting are so critical, this was the perfect time to invest heavily in our news creation and distribution capabilities,” Oliviero said in a statement.
Although ALT 92.3 can still be streamed on 92.3 HD2 and Audacy website and the app, saying goodbye to its FM frequency was emotional for the station’s hosts and community.
After ALT 92.3 staff found out about the switch to 1010 WINS earlier this month, afternoon radio host Joe “Brady” Blum tore up as he broke the news to listeners at the station on October 10.
“They took us into an office and, like 1010 WINS does, ‘gave us the news,'” Brady said.
“The 92.3 is more than just a radio. It was a community. It is a culture. He was there when you needed him,” Brady continued after mentioning the legendary radio personalities who have graced the station’s mic.
He performed REM’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Great)” after breaking the news.
The station, which has been playing alternative rock for 34 years, has been around for decades and has been revamped several times before being named ALT 92.3 in 2017.
In 1985, it was called “Disco 92” or WKTU, because the station aired the “Live Aid” benefit concert. The station was known as WXRK or “K-Rock” when Howard Stern began hosting his morning show in the 1980s.
Memories and stories from the station’s history and present were shared during ALT 92.3’s two-hour morning farewell show on Thursday ahead of the move to News 1010 WINS.
Before playing “New York, I love you but you’re killing me,” MTV and 92.3 night show host Kevan Kenney said goodbye to listeners.
“Through the ups and downs, New York is there for us like we’ve been there for New York and I think we can all agree that it’s a great song to hang out and say goodbye to,” Kenney said.
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