Audacy To Ditch ALT For WINS Simulcast In N.Y.

Across its history, the 92.3 MHz frequency has been home to Disco, Howard Stern, Nick Cannon and, as of today, Alternative rock.

Starting Thursday, October 27, it will now offer “all news, all the time” as part of a simulcast of a longtime AM radio station once part of the Westinghouse family.

WNYL-FM in New York, the Audacy Corp.-owned Class B serving the Tri-State Area, will officially move its “ALT 92.3” programming to the station’s HD2 subchannel.

In its place — a full simulcast of WINS-AM 1010, the longtime news, traffic and weather station.

Audacy is pitching the shift as a “commitment to New York News powerhouses” WINS and WCBS-AM 880 — even as Tim Scheld, News Director/Brand Manager for WCBS-AM, is stepping down from his position.

In a letter to colleagues first shared by Streamline Publishing’s Radio Ink, Scheld wrote, “My plan is to help in the transition and be finished here before the end of the year. I promise I am not done with the news business and my new term as Chair of RTDNA is one example of work that will occupy my time and energy … Thanks to our new agreement with SAG-AFTRA, our company is about to roll out a forward looking and positive strategy to combine the resources and power of the two best radio news brands in America. It is a plan I have endorsed and frankly helped design. That new strategy is my opening to step away from a job I have loved for the past 19 years.”

Audacy alluded to the SAG-AFTRA deal in a Monday announcement that shared the news of WINS’s pending simulcast, noting that “a historic new agreement with SAG-AFTRA will allow cross-utilization of anchors and reporters for both stations, which will enhance resource sharing and coordination to provide more cohesive and impactful coverage of the Tri-State area.”

Until now, WINS-AM and WCBS-AM were walled newsrooms. “This first of its kind collaboration will allow both stations to bolster their broadcast and digital news coverage, while maintaining their unique brands and specific areas of focus and expertise,” Audacy Corp. said.

“At a time when quality journalism and local reporting is so critical, it was the ideal moment to make a strong investment in our news creation and distribution capabilities,” said Chris Oliviero, Market President for Audacy Corp. in New York. “These series of moves will solidify our earned position as the go-to trusted source for news, traffic and weather every day.”

With Scheld’s departure, Ben Mevorach has been elevated to Vice President of New York News and will oversee both WINS-AM & FM and WCBS-AM. He’s been Brand Manager of WINS for 30 years.

Ivan Lee has been promoted to Brand Manager of both stations. He’s been WINS Asst. News Director for a decade.

Scheld said he had written and rewritten this note in his head for the past few months, adding that this day has been on his radar. Did he know that “ALT 92.3” would be earning a death day just hours before the start of Halloween?

While the WNYL call letters arrived in June 2018, “ALT 92.3” has been on the air in New York since November 17, 2017. It brought the Alternative Rock format back to the market for the first time in five years, when, ironically, WRXP-FM 101.9 entered into a simulcast with now-Audacy Corp. Sports WFAN-AM 660.

As “ALT 92.3,” the station became the source for much of the company’s Alternative-formatted radio stations programming. This included the “Cane & Corey” morning show. For multiple reasons, the show was discontinued in December 2021. By April 2022, the WWDC-FM “DC101”-based Elliot in the Morning, featuring 1990s-era Z100 morning co-host Elliot Segal was being piped in for wake-ups at WNYL.

From 2009-2017, a Top 40 format aired on the station. First, it was rhythmic-leaning as “92.3 NOW,” and in 2014 it evolved to pop as “AMP Radio,” mirroring its former siblings in Los Angeles and Detroit. Nick Cannon was the morning host during this period, from January 2010-February 2012.

From 2007-2009 and from January 1996-December 2005, the 92.3 MHz signal was home to WXRK “K-Rock” — fueled by morning host Howard Stern.  Before the end of 1995, starting with the weekend of Live Aid in 1985, WXRK was Classic Rock. Prior to that, it was the original home of WKTU, made famous first as “Disco 92” in 1978 and in its final incarnation as a rhythmic-leaning Top 40 station with Dan Ingram, a market fixture, in mornings.

With the simulcast of WINS-AM coming, the change will mark the first time the 92.3 MHz signal will not have a music format. Before WKTU, the facility was WHOM-FM, one of the earliest FM radio stations in the U.S. to target Spanish-speaking audiences.

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