Word has it a famed radio home in Orange County returns to the airwaves on Monday.
WALL radio (1340-AM) has been operating under a joint operations agreement with WEOK radio (1390-AM) in Poughkeepsie since 1999, and through four different formats — that means what you hear on WALL is what you hear on WEOK.
On Monday at 6 a.m., former WALL and WKOJ radio personality Mark West will begin hosting a morning show exclusively on WALL from a new studio in New Hampton — he will lease the time from station owners Cumulus. The new show is expected to focus on Orange County and Middletown.
Long-time disc jockey and sports reporter Jack George will provide sports news.
Further details are expected later this week.
WALL and WEOK became a full-time ESPN Radio affiliate in Aug. 2000. Rick Zolzer and Jason Barrett hosted a local radio show in the afternoons for a while.
The two stations turned to Spanish radio broadcasting from Sept. 2002-March 2005, and operated as a Radio Disney affiliate until a switch to a True Oldies music format in Feb. 2010.
WALL was the first radio station in western Orange County, starting in 1942. The station ran a news/talk format from 1988 until the merger with WEOK in 1999.
Sports have always held a place in WALL’s history. The station aired local high school football games, as late as 1996. The station also aired Mets baseball and Giants football in the mid-1980s. In the past decade, the station has aired Yankees baseball, Jets and Giants football and Marist basketball. Over the past two years, WALL and WEOK have been the local flagship of Army sports, such as football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse.