Wednesday, October 31, 2012

1010 WINS At Full Power, Simulcast Ends

From Scott Fybush, NERW

UPDATE THURSDAY 11/01/12:  WINS (1010) is now back on the air at full power, ending its simulcast on WXRK (92.3), which is back to top-40 as “92.3 NOW.”

NERW is still awaiting word on the fate of WINS’ neighbor, WLIB (1190), which remains off the air, as do WMCA (570)/WNYC (820), which share an especially low-lying site in Kearny, where flooding was severe.

Wednesday posting....

Tuesday’s big news came from WINS (1010), which returned to the air, apparently at reduced power, around 4:20 in the afternoon. At least for now, WINS continues to be simulcast on CBS Radio sister station WXRK (92.3); the longer the simulcast lasts, the more speculation is swirling about whether CBS plans to return to the “NOW” top-40 format there, or whether a WINS simulcast just might become permanent. (NERW’s take: not quite yet, but it’s only a matter of time.)

We’re still learning about the extent of the difficulties many stations are having with their lower Manhattan studios, what with the continued extensive power outages south of 31st Street. WOR, for instance, was not only without power at its 111 Broadway studios but also without phone lines, which explains why the station spent the day simulcasting WNBC (Channel 4) audio before returning to local programming from its Lyndhurst, N.J. transmitter site last night.

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