WLNG Tribute Page

Welcome to InterNetwork's WLNG Tribute Page. To begin, you should know that this is NOT the homepage for WLNG. If you're looking for WLNG on the web, please visit http://www.wlng.com to find out what's happening with one of America's most vibrant and original radio stations.
This page takes a "snapshot" look at WLNG back in 1984 and demonstrates how WLNG's originality continues through the years despite the trend in the radio industry to take "the easy road".

InterNetwork Broadcasting salutes Paul Sidney's.....

WLNG AM 1600 & FM 92.1
Sag Harbor, Long Island, NY
"Old Hit and New Hit"

WLNG Homepage ||| Paul Sidney Tribute Page

Radio is a dynamic medium. It informs, it entertains, and it keeps us company in good times and in bad. Radio also flows like waves on a beach. Old formats disappear as new ones come crashing in, and with this ebb and flo, we say goodbye to the "disc jockeys" we've come to know and are then introduced to new ones. Many New York area radio listeners remember the day that WABC 770 brought together many of the "Radio Greats" to bid farewell to the music format. It was hard to believe that the station that introduced The Beatles to this country would ever pack up the "stacks of wax" for the last time.

So, you feel that music belongs on FM, eh? On behalf of all the AM station owners who agree with us, we sarcastically say "Thanks a lot" to the receiver manufacturers of the 70's who put all their time and effort into designing their FM tuners at the expense of the AM tuners in receivers. We are lucky enough to own a 1966 H.H. Scott 388 AM/FM stereo receiver that sports a wideband AM section that could pass for an air monitor today. That company, is no longer in business.

What we're getting at is that the tide has been flowing against AM radio for many years even though there was a period of time when everyone thought FM was an expensive joke. It's true. Nonetheless, FM is the success that it is today due to public demand. So be it, but as a result, many AM stations that enjoyed exceptional success in their day have fallen silent, primarily for economic reasons.

Today, we at InterNetwork Broadcasting would like to honor one of those exceptional stations that will be signing off for the last time. Recently, WLNG, Sag Harbor at 1600 kHz agreed to sign off permanently so that co-channel WWRL in New York City could relax their extraordinarily constricting directional patterns and go up in transmitter power. While this gives WWRL a better chance for survival, it is at the expense of "The Big Sound On The Sound".

One bright point is that there is a WLNG FM (92.1) and the remuneration for WLNG AM's termination will certainly help the WLNG tradition that has been shared between the simulcast frequencies. So far, this may seem like a cut-and-dried economic decision that will help both stations, and in a sense, it is. But this is also an important opportunity to recognize what WLNG means to it's listeners and why so many consider it to be a very special station.

We will be featuring audio clips, pictures, anecdotes, and some writings about WLNG on these pages. If you have something to contribute e mail us and mention that it is for the WLNG page. These pages will be under construction. Please pardon the temporary disorganization, but our goal is to have a tribute to WLNG that even Paul Sidney would be proud of.


InterNetwork Broadcasting
Greenwich, CT

It's important to have fun on the air. Listeners can tell when you're having a good time and they will have a good time listening. WLNG's "Honor Guard" (circa 1984) knew how to have fun and we would have fun right along with them.
L-R: Gary Sapiane, Rusty Potz, Bob Aldrich

Paul Sidney, General Manager and team leader at WLNG said in 1984, "What you do off the air is more important than what you do on the air". He's right. WLNG was always on the road, at a store opening or fair. People saw this station and the audience was always growing.

There are always factors that will cause someone to turn off a station: getting out of the car, going into another building, looking for a favorite song, etc. Somehow, radio stations have to get the listeners back. It's a constant effort. It's crucial. It's what the advertisers are paying for. WLNG does it every day.

The audio section (random clips from 1984):

WLNG jocks, but mostly jingles:

Bob Aldrich montage
Rusty Potz montage
John Spada montage

WLNG jingles (our favorites):

"92.1 and 1600"
"East End"
FM Legal ID
Jock Lineup
"AM & FM"

When WLNG used to sign off:

WLNG AM signs off
WLNG FM signs off