WBAB (102.3 FM) is a rock radio station on Long Island. 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 signals are broadcast in HD. The station also streams its signal worldwide via their web site.
History and prominence
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.
The radio station is the most listened to rock station on Long Island and scores in the Top 5 with Adults 25–54 years old. As of early 2012 WBAB's morning show of Roger and JP is #1 with Men 25–54 years old and #2 or 3 in Mornings with people 25-54. The afternoon show hosted by legendary jock Fingers is continually #1 or #2 with people 25-54.
|Call sign||Frequency||City of license||Facility ID||ERP/Power|
|WBAB||102.3 FM (HD)||Babylon, New York||71199||6,000||82 m (269 ft)||A|
|WHFM||95.3 FM (HD)||Southampton, New York||72176||5,000||108 m (354 ft)||A|
On Wednesday, May 17, 2006, WBAB's microwave studio-to-transmitter link (STL) was hijacked 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. 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.
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 WBAB's signal in the western end of its market.
On November 6, 2007, the FCC, accompanied by U.S. 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 it continues 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 it will go after any pirate broadcasters interfering with the WBAB signal on 102.3 or 95.3 FM and sister 106.1 WBLI. In early 2012, new laws took effect that Cox hopes will help to put an end to pirate broadcasting on commercial FM frequencies that interfere with its signal.
- Roger Luce / John "JP" Parise "Roger and JP"
- Ted Lindner - News/Traffic on Roger and JP Show
- Donna Donna - Middays
- Fingers - Afternoons
- Joe Rock - Nights
- Rocky - Overnights & Weekends
- Pete Rizzo
|WBAB Former Personalities|
|AJ Gentile "Axl"||MTV (XM Satellite), Now on Playboy Radio (Sirius-XM Satellite)|
|Annrae Fitzgerald||Now On-Air at 91X (XTRA-FM) - San Diego, CA|
|Bernie Bernard||On air in the 1970s - worked for Voice of America, now retired and teaching at C.W. Post College|
|Bernie Wagenblast||The station's first Shadow Traffic reporter.|
|Bob Buchmann||Now On-Air at KGB-FM, San Diego, CA|
|Bob Stei||Now On-Air at 105.7 The Hawk New Jersey.|
|Bret Levine (News & Traffic)|
|Brett "The Brain" Fiumara||Last heard on Cablevision's News 12 Traffic & Weather Channel 61 through December 2013.|
|"Captain Kevin"||Now On-Air at 103.9 WRCN-FM - Long Island, NY.|
|Christina Kay||Now On-Air Radio 105.3 (WPTY) in Calverton, New York|
|Christina Lang (News & Traffic)||Now heard on 1050 WEPN (ESPN RADIO), afternoon's on "The Michael Kay Show".|
|David Race||Now Comedian/TV Host, actor and voiceover artist in Los Angeles, CA|
|Dennis Daniel||Was DJ on air and Production Director. Now works in Advertising|
|"Domonique"||Back on the air weekends on WBAB.|
|Doug Yoel||Now performing as a . President of /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").|
|Ed Banas||Now with 610 WIP Sportsradio, Philadelphia|
|Eric "Big E" Wellman||Program Director (WAXQ-FM) New York.|
|"Gabrielle Nistico"||Now with Voicehunter.com|
|Gerry Martire||Now On-Air at Q-104.3 (WAXQ-FM)- New York.|
|Gregg "Opie" Hughes & Anthony Cumia||Now On-Air/Syndicated-Various Markets/"The Opie & Anthony Show" - XM Satellite Radio.|
|Jeff Levine||former WBAB program Director, now with Tribune publications, Florida.|
|Jerry Schaeffer||Now On-Air at 103.9 WRCN-FM - Long Island, NY.|
|Jodi Vale||now Music Director and on-air at WKJY-FM, NY.|
|Joe Taggart||Now Stand Up Comic (Bob Buchmann's last Morning Show Co-host)|
|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.|
|Lisa Ritchie||Former fill-in for Tracey Burgess/morning co-host & news. Now (2014) fills-in on WBAB and WBLI morning show news/traffic and afternoon traffic. Also heard on WWTN-fm reporting evening traffic.|
|Lynda Lopez||Now anchor, WCBS TV, Weekend News.|
|Marc "The Cope" Coppola||Now on Q-104.3 (WAXQ-FM) and 106.7 Lite-FM (WLTW-FM) in New York & KGB 101.5 in San Diego, California|
|Matt "Wolfie" Wolfe||Now at ABC News Radio|
|Morgan Thomas||National voiceover actor and on-Air at KSON-FM in San Diego, CA|
|Peri Appollo||Bob Buchmann's first co-host and female newscaster, Now working at CNBC|
|Ralph Tortora||Now On-Air at Q-104.3 (WAXQ-FM, New York, NY) and WALK 97.5 FM (on Long Island)|
|Ray Myers||Former APD/MD WSUL-FM Monticello, NY, WSPK-Poughkeepsie, NY|
|"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|
|Steve "the Guy" Morris||Now in the Marketing/Community Affairs Department of Long Island daily newspaper, Newsday|
|Tony Paige||Former Production Director and Air Personality. Now working in Marketing for Marketing Werks (Chicago, Il and New York, New York) and weekends on air at 103.7 WNNJ, New Jersey.|
|Tracey Burgess||Former News Director and Bob Buchmann's morning show co-host.|
|Tracy Speed||currently working as the Director of Publicity for Lifetime.|
- WBAB Homegrown Album (1981)
- WBAB Son of Homegrown (1984)