Former WLIR Owner Elton Spitzer Dead At 84
April 21, 2016 at 7:04 AM (PT)
Condolences to the family and friends of former WLIR/LONG ISLAND owner ELTON SPITZER, who turned the small station into a well known and admired New Wave/Alternative station. SPITZER died SUNDAY (4/19) in BALTIMORE from complications related to PARKINSON’s disease. He was 84.
NEWSDAY reports, "SPITZER took over WLIR 92.7 in 1973 in the midst of a complicated licensing battle with the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION, but always kept the legal battles away from the creative side of the HEMPSTEAD-based station."
“ELTON loved that little 3,000-watt station on LONG ISLAND,” former PD DENIS MCNAMARA told the paper. “And he loved the impact that it had.”