For the Briarcliff Acres, South Carolina radio station that held the call sign WWSK from 1995 to 2003, see WRXZ radio receiver place in Smithtown, New York
WWSK ( 94.3 FM ) is a mainstream rock formatted radio post, licensed to Smithtown, New York and owned by Connoisseur Media. The station ‘s studios are located at Airport Plaza in Farmingdale, New York and its transmitter is located in Brentwood, New York .

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What began as WQMF ( 1,000w Ant 120 feet ) came about in September 1961 when WGLI-FM ( 103.5 FM ) moved from Babylon to Lake Success. Owner Friendly Frost, a retentive Island-based appliance shop chain, applied for another FM frequency to replace 103.5 in the Babylon area and WQMF was born. Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) rules prohibited possession of overlapping signals but because the new WGLI-FM antenna was located on a 175-foot column ( 20Kw ) outside the studio build up visible from the Long Island Expressway [ 3 ] its fresh sign did not cover Babylon ( this would become an issue a few years late ).

WQMF was one of the foremost wholly automated radio receiver stations in the area and possibly the country. Its equipment box was named “ dumb Sam ” by engineers assigned to operate it as it played “ beautiful music ” from sound recording tapes supplied by a syndicator. The engineers ‘ independent function was tending to WQMF ‘s baby station 1290 WGLI which required first class FCC licensed personnel because of its three tower directional antenna ( 1290 WGLI was shut down permanently in 1989 ). In 1965, 103.5 FM, which had become WTFM, obtained a construction license to move its transmitter to the Chrysler Building in Manhattan but big new coverage from a 950-foot antenna ( 7.1Kw H 4.6Kw V ) produced an imbrication signal with 94.3 FM, which had taken the WGLI-FM birdcall sign. A promptly sale sent WGLI-FM to Greater Media, a New Jersey-based group broadcaster, who had good acquired WGSM ( 740 AM ) in Huntington. Greater Media paid just $ 90,000 dollars ( $ 665,000 2013 money ) for the facility which was renamed WGSM-FM and began simulcasting WGSM ( AM ) with vector and antenna remaining at the WGLI complex .

Smithtown and delicate sounds ( 1970–1990 ) [edit ]

The agreement continued until 1970 when the station moved its sender and antenna to a placement in Brentwood where it remains to this sidereal day. As part of the move, WGSM-FM ‘s COL changed from Babylon to Smithtown. After the motion was completed 94.3 became WCTO ( “ WCTO Stereo ” ) and began a twenty-year footrace playing easily listening music and earning acme ratings which have never been duplicated by the many incarnations that would follow. ( example : 1975 ARB rat listeners 18-49 10A-3P M-F, WCTO was the number one LI radio receiver station )

Magic, nation, and rock ( 1990–2010 ) [edit ]

In June 1990 a switch to a popular light AC format as WMJC ( “ Magic 94.3 ” ) under the steering of Jack Kratoville ( now at WLTW ), then purchased by WRCN-FM radio in 1994 and simulcast the rock format from 1994-1996. After the rock experiment failed, it began to simulcast its sister station WGSM, which was carrying a nation format at the time. WMJC finally would adopt that format entirely as “ Country 94.3 ” when WGSM became Radio Disney. On November 10, 2000, the country format was dropped and WMJC became “ Island 94-3 ” playing rock hits of the ’80 ‘s and ’90 ‘s with Charlie Lombardo ( aka “ Jay Letterman ” from WALK-FM ) as PD. By 2007, the branding changed to “ 94.3 WMJC ”, along with a music mix adjustment to Adult Top 40 .

Gen X and The Shark ( 2010–present ) [edit ]

As mentioned, the station never achieved ratings anywhere near the senior high school body of water mark set by WCTO and by mid 2010 was hovering in the 1 range. On October 19, 2010 came its sixth address letter change, from WMJC to WIGX, leading to rumors of a format change. Those rumors would prove true on November 5 when, at 4:30 PM, 94.3 began stunting with a collage of music, celebrated news, and television receiver snippets from each year from 1985 to 2005. At 5PM, WIGX switched to a “ Gen X hits ” format, playing hit music from 1985 to 2005, as “ 94X ”. The inaugural sung on 94X was “ Jump Around “ by House of Pain. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] This version of 94.3 failed to achieve higher ratings and that brought about yet another change. At Noon on September 14, 2012, after playing Semisonic ‘s “ Closing Time , the Star-Spangled Banner, and a brief clip from the preview for Jaws, WIGX switched to mainstream rock ‘n’ roll, branded as “ 94.3 The Shark ”, launching with Nirvana ‘s “ Smells Like Teen Spirit . soon after, WIGX switched to its seventh set of call letters, WWSK. [ 6 ] [ 7 ] [ 8 ]

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