NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Legendary New York hit radio station WPLJ 95.5 will be signing off on Friday.
At 7 p.m., WPLJ – which was once home to famous disc jockeys such as Jimmy Fink, Jim Kerr and Scott Shannon – will shut down permanently and be replaced by K-LOVE, a contemporary Christian music broadcaster.
Before that though, hosts from throughout the station’s 48-year history dropped in to reminisce on their time.
“That station had like a family atmosphere and it also had a long, illustrious history in this city,” Shannon told WCBS 880. “I mean it started back, you know, when John Lennon would come by the old PLJ, back when it was a rock station.”
WPLJ’s parent company, Cumulus, sold the legendary station and five others to Educational Media Foundation in February. When news was announced on Facebook that the station would be shut down, fans immediately flooded the page with memories.
“On the one side there's the business of radio and on the other side there's the art of radio, and usually you try to hope that they all work together and in that case, they didn't work together anymore and that's a shame,” said WCBS FM’s Patty Steele.
The station started on Valentine’s Day in 1971, playing rock music. In the 1980s, it transformed into a top 40 station before slowly adopting the “hot adult contemporary” format in the 1990s.
Though, over the last 48 years, many listeners have remained loyal and spent the better part of Friday posting tributes to the iconic station.