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WALK-FM (97.5 FM) is a hot adult contemporary radio station licensed to Patchogue, New York, and serving Long Island. The station is owned by Connoisseur Media, with studios and offices are located at Airport Plaza in Farmingdale, New York and transmitter located on Telescope Hill in Farmingville, New York. WALK-FM broadcasts in the HD Radio hybrid format with its HD2 channel carrying the mainstream rock programming of co-owned 94.3 WWSK.

WALK-FM first signed on the air on December 12, 1952.[1] It was owned by the Suffolk Broadcasting Corporation, and was the FM counterpart to co-owned WALK 1370 AM.[2] WALK was a daytimer station, so WALK-FM allowed listeners with FM radios to hear the programming after sunset. In its early years, WALK-AM-FM played classical music, big band, adult standards and jazz. WALK-FM was originally powered at 15,000 watts, only heard in the western part of Suffolk County.

WALK-FM was purchased in 1963 by the Island Broadcasting System along with its sister stations, 1370 WALK Patchogue and 1570 WRIV Riverhead. Island Broadcasting was owned in part by NBC News anchorman Chet Huntley.[3] In 1997, WALK-AM-FM were bought by Chancellor Communications.

One of WALK-FM's longest running shows was "Klein 'til 9 and Again 'til 10" hosted by Bob Klein.[4] Klein was the morning drive time disc jockey for much of the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s, helping a couple of generations of Long Islanders start their day. Klein died in 2017 at age 92.

WALK-FM was one of the first stations on Long Island to run all Christmas music during the holiday season, beginning weeks before Christmas. The all-holiday format began in 1995 on AM 1370 WALK. Beginning in 2002, it was run on both WALK AM and FM.[5] It continues to run on WALK-FM annually from a week or two before Thanksgiving through Christmas Day.

In 2000, WALK-AM-FM were acquired by Clear Channel Communications.[6] In 2014, Clear Channel switched its name to iHeartMedia, Inc.

The WALK Breakfast Club, the weekday morning show now hosted by Mark Daniels and Cindy, was featured on ABC's "Good Morning America" in December 2005. A GMA reporter was live on national TV, asking Mark and Cindy about playing all holiday music on radio stations. After the report, Cindy jokingly accused Mark of paying off the photographer since the camera was only focusing on Mark.[7]

Long-time WALK-FM DJ Dave Shnayer, known as JD Howard on-air, died on November 17, 2007, after a three-year battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The death was announced the following afternoon by Holly Levis.[8][9]

WALK-FM dropped the slogan "Yesterday and Today," switching to "Long Island's Best Variety" in May 2010. Around that time, the station began decreasing the amount of music from the 1970s to one-to-two songs per hour, starting the transition to a hotter AC format. Eventually, music from the 1970s was eliminated, and music from the 1980s has been scaled back.

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