New York City's best radio stations

(according to me)

Or: what to do with the car's 15 radio presets

Freq. Call sign Owner Format Transmitter
Eclectic music 89.9 WKCR-FM Columbia University jazz, plus roots, art music, and global sounds 1,350 watts from 4 Times Square
90.7 WFUV Fordham University adult album alternative, plus a weekend lineup featuring Celtic, folk, and Paul Cavalconte 47kW from Montefiore Medical Center
91.1 WFMU (independent non-profit) independent freeform radio 1,250 watts from West Orange, NJ
(Repeaters: 91.9 Weehawken, 90.1 Mount Hope)
88.3 WBGO Newark Public Radio Jazz 88 and news from NPR 2,500 watts from 4 Times Square
105.9 WQXR-FM New York Public Radio classical; the Radio Station of the New York Times from 1944 until 2009 610 watts from the ESB
Contemporary music
100.3 WHTZ iHeartMedia Z100 top 40/contemporary hit radio 6kW from the ESB
101.1 WCBS-FM Audacy 101.1 CBS-FM classic hits 6.7kW from the ESB
102.7 WNEW-FM Audacy New 102.7 hot adult contemporary 6kW from the ESB
103.5 WKTU iHeartMedia 103.5 KTU rhythmic adult contemporary 6kW from the ESB
104.3 WAXQ iHeartMedia Q104.3 classic rock 6kW from the ESB
105.1 WWPR-FM iHeartMedia Power 105.1 rap/r&b 6kW from the ESB
93.9 WNYC-FM New York Public Radio local news and conversation, with programming from NPR, APM, PRX, and the BBC 5.2kW from the ESB
99.5 WBAI Pacifica Foundation non-commercial, listener-funded; progressive and independent news, arts and music 10kW from 4 Times Square
91.5 WNYE City of New York non-commercial, city-funded; broadcasting local, NPR, and PRX content 2kW from 4 Times Square
1130AM WBBR Bloomberg Bloomberg Radio flagship station (Class A station, reaching the eastern U.S. and Canada) 50kW from Carlstadt, NJ
Personal favorites highlighted Last updated: April, 2024
Last fully verified: June, 2023