New York City’s Sole R&B Station 98.7 FM Put to Rest

The United States’ media capital New York City loses 98.7 Kiss FM radio, the sole station focused on Rhythm and Blues.

Known as the home of “Old School & Today’s R&B,” the station first started playing urban contemporary music in 1981. Throughout the years, the company has housed radio personalities including Wendy Williams, DJ Red Alert, Ed Lover, Michael Baisden, Roberta Flack, and Ashford & Simpson.

WRKS (98.7 FM, Kiss-FM) will merge with long-time rival WBLS (107.5 FM) to become “One Family, One Station.” ESPN will takeover over the 98.7 FM radio frequency which Disney acquired from Emmis Communication.

For over thirty years, 98.7 FM has been a media pillar for African-American media. The lost will undoubtedly effect artist fighting to have their music heard in the competitive radio market.