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NYC Kisses 98.7 Kiss FM Goodbye

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Steve Harvey And Majorie 987 Kiss FM NYC Radio Station Closes Hunger Games

For over three decades, 98.7 Kiss FM gave the Big Apple all the Soul and R&B it could handle … but no more.

Citing failing ratings, the legendary radio station stopped broadcasting at midnight Sunday.

Taking its place? Ugh, another sports talk radio station.

Kiss was renowned as part of the local African American community — in particular, it helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream back in the ‘80s.

Some of the station's most popular programs will be carried over to longtime rival, WLBS.

Steve Harvey’s show is one of the few surviving the transfer.

Harvey beat The Hunger Games at the box office but it didn't help him stop the historic radio station from closing its doors.

R.I.P. Kiss!!

Are U New Yorkers sad to see it go?
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16 comments to “NYC Kisses 98.7 Kiss FM Goodbye”



  1. 1

    Stereotype alert……Gay Perez hates sports, what a surprise. Visits Broadway but doesn't take in a Yankees or Mets game. Actually, that's a good thing, otherwise h'd comment on uniform fashion and draw hearts on their crotches….and that be at a little league game.
    ugggh

  2. Rae says – reply to this


    2

    One of my favorite stations and super sad to see it leave. :(

  3. joy says – reply to this


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    Steve Harvey was always on WBLS in New York. All the shows on kiss has to been cancelled. Michael Baisden and the Tom joyner morning show. Its a shame.

  4. WW says – reply to this


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    NYC radio is terrible. It's all pop garbage - everybody who likes real music has Sirius XM apparently.



  5. 5

    Steve Harvey was already at WBLS… way to do research. Anyway, good riddance. Their shows were corny and they played boring lame music. This merger should've happened YEARS ago after Kiss stopped playing popular music and dedicated itself to old school slow jams 24/7. In the 90s, Kiss FM was the top black station - they changed and listener-ship went down tremendously. Im surprised it lasted this long.



  6. 6

    wow..that blows…i would die if they took majic 102 from me :(



  7. 7

    isn't it WBLS?



  8. 8

    Me being a sports fan, I'm all for ESPN finding an FM dial to set up shop at. But taking Kiss slot is like closing down the Apollo and opening up a Starbucks in it's place.

  9. christina says – reply to this


    9

    I think this has a lot to do with the most recent activism shown towards the Trayvon/ Zimmerman case. I'm just saying. Kiss FM was a great station and played great music.

  10. qadir bradley says – reply to this


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    I'm deeply sadden this wonderful sation has been taken away from our lives. I hope & pray the powers that be return our great radio sation back to our community. My wife & I feel like a part of our family has died.Re: Keeyth

  11. RHONDA says – reply to this


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    I WILL TRULY MISS MICHAEL BAISDEN AND SIDE KICK GEORGE . WHAT AM I GOING TO LISTEN TO IN THE AFTERNOON,I LOVED THE SHOW. I THINK THERE IS ANOTHER REASON FOR THE CANCELLATION OF 98.7 AND EVERY ONE ELSE KNOWS ALSO. BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL 98.7 PLEASE”””””””””””””

  12. nysteelhorse says – reply to this


    12

    Well I'm a straight guy who remembers when both stations began. And I have listened to both since. I drifted away from WBLS because they pandered to a lower denominator in a younger demographic. WRKS sometimes shifted I'm response to competition, but I think they found their market and did well in it.

    I will miss their national shows and programs that positively impacted communities. And I'll miss the late night House music with real mixing by real DJ's. Not the canned shows i've heard elsewhere. I liked listening to more music and less ” talkovers”. But they didn't have the financial backing of a BLS. (It's kind of a Beta to VHS thing. The better product didn't win.)

    So I say farewell to a pretty great radio station and mourn the loss to NYC.

  13. Dee says – reply to this


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    Re: christina – I agree… Something stinks to high heaven and it smells like republican corporatism. They've been systematically silencing all avenues of minority information and activism and that's Michael Baisden and Tom Joyner.

  14. Hfuhruhurr says – reply to this


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    Re: Keeyth – Stereotype alert…Homophobe Keeyth thinks that all gays are child molesters.

  15. Hfuhrhuhrr says – reply to this


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    Just to nit pick, 98.7 will not be a new sports talk radio station. It's a simulcast of ESPN 1050 AM.

    Also, the call letters are WBLS (not LBS).

  16. Le Chele says – reply to this


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    I grew up on Kiss and BLS from way back in the day. Radio used to be so great before corporations took over. Each region and individual radio stations had their own styles and programming was based on what the listeners and DJs wanted hear and play. As a result, you never felt like the same five songs were constantly being shoved down your throat.