Wave Radio (internet)

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Wave Radio
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City New York
Broadcast area Worldwide
Branding New York's Wave Radio
Slogan The Internet's #1 Hit Music Station
Frequency Internet
First air date January 2, 2003
Format 80s, 90s, Top 40
Owner West Media NY

Wave Radio was an internet radio station in New York City. The station signed on the air on January 2, 2003 as KISS iFM, playing an alternative music format. The station broadcast different formats throughout the day: 1980s music beginning at 7 am EST. At 5 pm EST, the format changed to an alternative music format. The station was notable at the time as an internet radio station targeting the geographic market of New York City and inclusion of on-air disc jockeys. Wave Radio ceased operations on September 20, 2004.

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KISS iFM becomes Wave Radio

In November 2003, KISS iFM received a cease and desist order from WRKS (known as 98.7 KISS FM) requesting that the station discontinue the use of its name, citing confusion of the names in the New York City area.

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The station's branding was removed and continued operating without a name. On December 20, 2003, the station re-launched as Wave Radio (referred to on-air as "New York's Wave Radio").

On-air staff

The original air staff schedule from Spring 2004 included:

Voice-over artists

Wave Radio featured many well-known voice-over artists. These included:

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Commercial-Free Summer

A major promotional campaign kicked off in June 2004, discontinuing commercials on the station until Labor Day.

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The New Sound of Wave Radio

In August 2004, on-air teasers and commercials foreshadowed a change in format. The change adjusted choices in music being played. Less 80s music was played in favor of 90s music and current top 40 music. The "new sound" also included new imaging, voiced by Tony "The Tiger" Spina.

Wave Radio Ends Operations

In September 2004, budgeting problems caused the station to cease operations. On September 20, 2004, the station spent the day paying tribute to itself, airing old station production elements and bringing back ex-DJs for the day. At midnight, the station went off the air.

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