WLIB Turns To Syndication After Losses


Emmis COO Pat Walsh informed his staff that WLIB-AM is transitioning to a daily gospel, inspiration, and information programming lineup that includes syndicated programming from AURN and Reach Media. As a result, five people have been let go.

Walsh said, “After incurring significant financial losses, we reviewed our cost structure and local programming, commercial inventory, and block programming and made the difficult decision to transition to a network model. This decision resulted in eliminating the roles of one full-time and four part-time Emmis employees. Each of these employees received severance, and we are grateful for their contributions. Other employees who worked on WLIB will transition their efforts to Mediaco stations.”

WLIB is an iconic brand in New York, serving the black community since the late 1940s.

On the WBLS side, Skip Dillard moves from Program Director to VP for National Community Partnerships. Taking over WBLS programming is WBLS APD Cynthia Smith.


  1. Liz Black was WLIB! Now there’s no longer our Mother’s Day special!!! Plus I don’t like the format any longer. You not have lost money but listener.

  2. Hezikiah Walker and Liz Black are no longer on the air, however the new format does not list a playlist of the music that’s being played. I was appreciate a reply to my question

  3. why is the signal so weak in some areas, you get more static than anything? Very loud buzzing sound that use to clear up at 7:00pm everyday, but it no longer does! The signal is wonderful in my car, but at home the signal is terrible! Has this station gone through another transition within the last week and a half? The programming has changed recently.

  4. This is probably why I can no longer find this station via TuneIn, iHeartRadio or any other popular streaming service. I used to be able to listen to the station in NYC via my Amazon Echo devices and my Google Home devices. Not anymore. Stinks when big corps takeover.

  5. A very (negative) instructive lesson on the direction that the still cash-strapped big radio companies have fallen to, in the frenzied post-consolidation. What is supposed to be the inherent, primary strength of broadcast stations — LOCALism — has been substantially lost among all of the biggest radio companies.



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