"The Mighty"1290 GLI
Playing Oldies and more....
1290 GLI is the WGLI Babylon, N.Y. memorial station.
WGLI operated on a frequency of 1290 kHz. At the time, it was one of two
AM stations on Long Island and the only one in Suffolk County with a 24-hour license. It
ran 5kW directional during the day and 1 kW directional at night with a 3-tower array.
Separate phasing cabinets and antenna tuning units were used for the day and night patterns.
The 5kW transmitter was a Gates BC 5 P with provisions for reducing its power to 500 watts.
The 1kW transmitter was a CCA AM 1000D. Both the studio and transmitters were located in the
same building at 1290 Peconic Avenue, Babylon, New York.
In 1990, after it went off the air, a fire destroyed what was left of WGLI. To see this piece of Long Island radio
history visit the 1290 WGLI site.
When WGLI left the air a piece of Long Island Radio disappeared with it. 1290 GLI is trying to
bring back a small part of what was once "The Mighty 1290 WGLI" here on the Internet. The announcers
may be gone but hear the music and the station jingles you remember.
Our Format Philosophy:
We've taken what was in the WGLI music library from 1973 to 1975 and
added to it. The result is a fairly deep playlist with thousands of songs from oldies right up to the music
of today. Our philosophy is that if it was good enough to be played on the radio at
one time then we should be playing it now. While most radio stations play an archive of the
same old, tired, big hits of the past we play the lesser hits as well. We have songs that
you think you've forgotten. And we've added some of todays best music too. That's why
1290 GLI is "Oldies and more...."
To see what's currently playing go to the bottom of this page.
The People That Make It Happen:
Dick Moore - P.D. of the old 1290 WGLI, Babylon, New York.
His work is the corner stone on which our format is built.
Jay Donovan - The man responsible when something doesn't sound right.
Hear Jay in the "Oldies Cafe" Sunday night at 7 pm eastern.
You can e-mail Jay at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Michaels - The voice of the "Vehicle" I.D.s and our technical consultant.
Ray Parker - The voice of "The Mighty 1290" I.D.s.
Hear Joe Strouse on 1290 GLI