Home Ministry Spotlight K-LOVE Takes Over NYC-Based Iconic 95.5 WPLJ

K-LOVE Takes Over NYC-Based Iconic 95.5 WPLJ


NEW YORK CITY, NY — It has been a little more than two weeks since the iconic radio staion 95.5 WPLJ switched from a top-40 and talk format to a syndicated, contemporary Christian music radio station.

K-LOVE, with affiliate stations across the country, including 96.7 in Port Chester, New York, bills itself as “positive” and “encouraging.” Some songs played on Saturday morning were “With Lifted Hands,” by Ryan Stevenson, “Broken Hallelujah,” by The Afters, and “Let Them See You,” by JJ Weeks Band.

WPLJ’s sale from partner company Cumulus to nonprofit broadcaster Educational Media Foundation was met with shock from many listeners of the 48-year-old station. The switchover occurred shortly after 7 p.m. May 31.

Following one minute of silence, EMF began broadcasting on WPLJ with veteran announcer Charlie Van Dyke at the microphone. The first song on the new format was “Broken Things” by Matthew West.

People were sad to see the old WPLJ go.

And not everyone was happy with the new format.


EMF President Alan Mason said the company was “thrilled to purchase” WPLJ “for the opportunity to continue to bring people closer to Jesus,” Newsday reported.

“Our mission,” Mason said, “is to create compelling media that inspires and encourages listeners to have a meaningful relationship with Christ.”

By Daniel Hubbard, editor