Christian-based radio programming returned to Hampton Bays earlier this month and to the airwaves across Long Island.
On Friday, August 1, WLIR—or channel 107.1 FM—began broadcasting adult contemporary Christian music under the moniker of Star 107.1, with the flagship station being in Hampton Bays.
WLIR, which reverted to a Christian radio station earlier this year following a brief stint broadcasting ESPN radio last year, is now part of the Pillar of Fire Radio Network, which has been broadcasting Christian-based content in the New York City media market out of Zarephath, New Jersey, for more than 80 years. It has been operating under the name Star 99.1 since 2003.
Star 99.1 General Manager Scott Taylor said he was contacted by WLIR owner Rich Anderson earlier this year, as Mr. Anderson expressed interest in forging a partnership.
Mr. Anderson’s morning radio show, which he hosts on WLIR, will be the only program broadcast live from Hampton Bays, while other programs, including Dawn Wheeler’s show during middays and Rick Hall’s evening show, will be broadcast from New Jersey, Mr. Taylor explained.
“It’s not syndicated—the live show is gonna be Rich Anderson’s show from 6 to 10 [a.m.],” Mr. Taylor said. “The guys in New Jersey will be helping me out but creating content specific to Long Island.”
Mr. Anderson could not be reached for comment.
Mr. Taylor said he’s excited about bringing his network’s programming to Long Island, adding that the response has been positive to Pillar of Fire’s other two satellite locations in Cincinnati and Westminster, Colorado.
“We’re certainly hoping to get the same type of response that we’ve gotten elsewhere,” Mr. Taylor said. “It’s a very positive, uplifting format, people like to tune in for their morning commute and leave it on all day. It’s a nice relief from road rage and other stresses.”
The station’s website, www.star1071fm.com, boasts that it will play artists such as Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Third Day, Laura Story, Matthew West, the Newsboys, Chris Tomlin and Mandisa. The station can be heard on 107.1 FM across the North Fork and on the South Fork east of the Shinnecock Canal, on 96.5 FM in parts of western Southampton Town and Riverhead, and on 104.5 FM in Westhampton Beach and areas directly to the north and west.
The broadcast will be transmitted on various transmitters from Montauk to the Nassau-Queens county line.