Last Black-Owned NY Radio Station Sold

It was widely rumored a few years ago that WWRL-AM 1600 had been sold. That rumor is finally a reality. “RL,” as it’s known by many of its listeners, the last Black-owned radio station in New York City, was sold to Nimisha Shukla, a pediatric physician in New Jersey. On Feb. 1, it began broadcasting to a South Asian audience.

Two years ago, Access 1 made WWRL the flagship of its Hispanic network. “La Invasora,” a Mexican format, was envisioned as a way of securing the Spanish-speaking audience in the metro area.

Calls to the station were not returned.

This transaction comes on the heels of Deon Levingston being recently relieved of his duties as senior vice president and general manager at Emmis Communications, which owns WBLS and WLIB.

A group of Black New Yorkers, led by Lloyd Williams of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and the Rev. Al Sharpton, gathered after Levingston’s contract was not renewed to discuss what was happening to Black media and the various setbacks. Last week. Bob Law, the veteran media activist, moderated an event at Abyssinian Baptist Church on the disappearance of Black talk radio.

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