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|Branding||New York's Wave Radio|
|Slogan||The Internet's #1 Hit Music Station|
|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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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").
The original air staff schedule from Spring 2004 included:
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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.
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