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|City of license||WBAB: Babylon, New York
WHFM: Southampton, New York
|Broadcast area||Long Island|
|Slogan||Long Island's #1 Rock Station|
WBAB: 102.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)WHFM: 95.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
|First air date||WBAB: 1958 (as WBAB-FM)
WHFM: 1971 (as WWRJ)
|ERP||WBAB: 6,000 watt
WHFM: 5,000 watts
|HAAT||WBAB: 82 meters (269 ft)
WHFM: 108 meters (354 ft)
|Facility ID||WBAB: 71199
|Callsign meaning||WBAB: W BAbylon Bayshore Broadcasting (original owner)
WBAB (102.3 FM) is a rock radio station on Long Island. The station is licensed to Babylon, New York and is owned by Cox Radio. The station is also simulcast on WHFM (95.3 FM) in eastern Suffolk County. Both WBAB's 102.3 and WHFM's 95.3 signals are broadcast in HD. The station also streams its signal worldwide via their web site.
History and prominence 
WBAB first went on the air in 1958. It simulcasted with WNYG (1440 AM), then called WBAB-AM, until 102.3 FM was sold.
WBAB is best known for playing an album-oriented rock format and is considered one of the pioneering stations in the country to champion the format. Heritage bands like Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin and Van Halen are heard on a regular basis, along with newer bands like Nickelback, Daughtry, Green Day, and Bon Jovi. This music receives a fair amount of play as the station does not limit itself to a strict classic rock format. This can classify it as an active rock format, similar to WXRK (before its switch to a Top 40 format) and northern New Jersey's WDHA.
The radio station is the most listened to rock station on Long Island and scores in the Top 5 with Adults 25–54 years old. As of early 2012 WBAB's morning show of Roger and JP is #2 with Men 25–54 years old and #5 in Mornings with people 25-54. The afternoon show hosted by legendary jock Fingers is continually #1 or #2 with people 25-54.
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Signal hijacking 
On Wednesday, May 17, 2006, WBAB's microwave studio-to-transmitter link (STL) was jammed for about 90 seconds while the signal jammers aired a song called "Nigger Hatin' Me" by the 1960s-era white supremacist country singer Johnny Rebel. Roger Luce, the station's morning host, said at the time "Whatever that was - it was very racist... 22 years at this radio station - I've never seen anything like this." The station apologized that same day in a news conference outside the station. The investigation of this matter is ongoing.
The incident made all the local newscasts that night. The next morning, it made the front page on Newsday with the headline "JACKED FM". The station's new general manager, John Shea, said, "I've only been here a week and we get hijacked." Former program director John Olsen said, "This was not some child's prank, this was a federal offense." The FCC's New York field manager Dan Noel made a visit to the Cox Radio Long Island building on May 20 to investigate the matter, which has never been solved.
Problems with pirate radio stations 
A pirate radio station identifying itself as "Red Hot Radio" broadcasts on 102.3 FM out of Flatbush, Brooklyn, many hours a day (especially after 5pm and all weekend), This plagues WBAB's signal in the western end of its market.
On November 6, 2007, the FCC, accompanied by U.S. Marshals, made a visit to the Red Hot Studios, based in an apartment complex on East 35th street and Avenue H, and seized equipment. However, the station returned to the air less than a month later from a new location, where it continues to broadcast from today. There are about 30 pirate radio stations on the air in Brooklyn interfering with radio stations on Long Island and the Hudson Valley daily. The investigation and follow up from the FCC continues.
Cox Radio Long Island has warned that it will go after any pirate broadcasters interfering with the WBAB signal on 102.3 or 95.3 FM and sister 106.1 WBLI. In early 2012, new laws took effect that Cox hopes will help to put an end to pirate broadcasting on commercial FM frequencies that interfere with its signal.
On-air staff 
- Roger Luce / John "JP" Parise "Roger and JP"
- Matt Wolfe - Morning Show Board Op/Voicetracked Nights
- Ted Lindner - News/Traffic on Roger and JP Show
- Donna Donna - Middays
- Fingers - Afternoons
- Paul Verderosa- Afternoon Traffic
- Joe Rock - Overnights
- Rocky - Overnights
- Joe Rock
- Steady Eddie
- Pete Rizzo
|WBAB Former Personalities|
|Bob Buchmann||Now On-Air at KGB-FM, San Diego, CA|
|Ray Myers||Former APD/MD WSUL-FM Monticello, NY, WSPK-Poughkeepsie, NY|
|Peri Appollo||Bob's first co-host and female newscaster.|
|Marc "The Cope" Coppola||Now on Q104.3 (WAXQ-FM) and 106.7 Lite-FM (WLTW-FM) in New York & KGB 101.5 in San Diego, California|
|Tracey Burgess||Now On-Air at THE FAN (WFAN)- New York..News/Traffic.|
|Ralph Tortora||Now On-Air at Q104.3 (WAXQ-FM)- New York and Sirius Satellite Radio, New York.|
|Lisa Ritchie||former fill-in for Tracey Burgess/morning co-host & news. Now On-Air at Cablevision's News 12 Traffic & Weather Channel 61.|
|"The Big E" Eric Wellman||Music Director / APD (WAXQ-FM) New York.|
|Gerry Martire||Now On-Air at Q104.3 (WAXQ-FM)- New York.|
|"Rockyn" Robyn Lane||Now Assistant Program Director/ Music Director On-Air at 95.9 "The Rat"(WRAT-FM)- New Jersey. On air Sirius Satellite Radio 2002-2008|
|"Gabrielle Nistico"||Now with Voicehunter.com|
|Steve "the Guy" Morris||Now in the Marketing/Community Affairs Department of Long Island daily newspaper, Newsday|
|Dennis Daniel||Was DJ on air and Production Director 1982-1990. Did all the great character voices in commercials and Gerry's Gin Joint (Including STAR WRECK). Now works in Advertising|
|Doug Yoel||Now performing as a singer/songwriter. President of Kindred Rhythm/Now Forward Music, Inc., an independent record label group. Former WBAB DJ, "Homegrown" programmer, and producer/song parodist for "The Opie Show" (as "Doug & The Ballbusters" & "Bob Dylan Weather").|
|Tracy Speed||currently working as the Director of Publicity for Lifetime.|
|Jeff Levine||former WBAB program Director, now with Tribune publications, Florida.|
|Jodi Vale||now Music Director and on-air at WKJY-FM, NY.|
|Tony Paige||Former Production Director and Air Personality. Now working in Marketing for Marketing Werks (Chicago, Il and Jersey City New Jersey)|
|"Domonique"||Now On-Air at 94.3 WMJC - Long Island, NY.|
|Morgan Thomas||National voiceover actor and on-Air at KSON-FM in San Diego, CA|
|Ed Banas||Now with 610 WIP Sportsradio, Philadelphia|
|AJ Gentile "Axl"||MTV (XM Satellite), Now on Playboy Radio (Sirius-XM Satellite)|
|Gregg "Opie" Hughes||Now On-Air/Syndicated-Various Markets/"The Opie & Anthony Show" - XM Satellite Radio.|
|Anthony Cumia||Now On-Air/Syndicated-Various Markets/"The Opie & Anthony Show" - XM Satellite Radio.|
|Lynda Lopez||Now anchor, WCBS TV, Weekend News.|
|David Race||Now Comedian/TV Host, actor and voiceover artist in Los Angeles, CA|
|Christina Lang (News & Traffic)||Now heard on 1050 WEPN (ESPN RADIO), afternoon's on "The Michael Kay Show".|
|John Klug||Now On-Air at 100.7 "The Bay" WZBA-FM - Baltimore, MD.|
|"Kayla"||Now On-Air at Sirius Satellite Radio "Octane" Channel - New York and a fill-in traffic reporter on WCBS-TV - New York.|
|Bret Levine (News & Traffic)|
|Jerry Schaeffer||Now On-Air at 103.9 WRCN-FM - Long Island, NY.|
|"Captain Kevin"||Now On-Air at 103.9 WRCN-FM - Long Island, NY.|
|Joe Taggart||Now Stand Up Comic (Bob's last Morning Show Co-host)|
|Brett "The Brain" Fiumara||Now heard on Cablevision's News 12 Traffic & Weather Channel 61.|
|Bob Stei||Now On-Air at Radio 104.5 (WRFF) Philadelphia.|
|Bernie Wagenblast||The station's first Shadow Traffic reporter.|
|Annrae Fitzgerald||Now On-Air at 91X (XTRA-FM) - San Diego, CA|
|Bernie Bernard||On air in the 1970s - worked for Voice of America, now retired and teaching at C.W. Post College|
|Christina Kay||Now On-Air Radio 105.3 (WPTY) in Calverton, New York|
- WBAB Homegrown Album (1981)
- WBAB Son of Homegrown (1984)
See also 
- Opie and Anthony — Opie met Anthony when Anthony submitted a song parody while Opie worked at WBAB
- "WBAB Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
- "WHFM Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
- wbab.com: Inside wbab.com WBAB radio signal hijacked. URL accessed on May 17, 2006[dead link]
- WBAB official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WBAB
- Radio-Locator information on WBAB
- Query Arbitron's FM station database for WBAB
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WHFM
- Radio-Locator information on WHFM
- Query Arbitron's FM station database for WHFM
- 1440 AM/102.3 FM WBAB BABYLON (1958)