WEHM and two other local stations sold to DJ’s firm

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Radio trade magazines are reporting this week that South Fork radio station WEHM, which broadcasts adult album alternative music at 92.9 and 96.9 FM, WBAZ  at 102.5 FM and WBEA  at 101.7 FM have been purchased by the father/daughter team of Roger and Lauren Stone. Ms. Stone is the mid-day DJ at WEHM.

All four stations had been owned by AAA Entertainment, a firm which, under the direction of East Hampton attorney Leonard Ackerman and former Sony America Chairman Mickey Shulhof, founded WEHM in 1993.

Radio Insight magazine reports that Ms. Stone and her father’s LRS Radio, based in their hometown of Northbrook, IL, purchased the stations for $3.2 million, with Ms. Stone holding 68.8 percent of the company and Mr. Stone holding 31.2 percent. Mr. Stone is the CEO of Kapstone Paper and Packaging Company.

According to Radio Business Report, LRS put up $480,000 as a deposit on the deal, which is awaiting FCC approval.

Ms. Stone did not respond to requests for comment on the purchase.

WEHM had initially been broadcast only at 92.9 FM when the company was formed in East Hampton, but added the 96.9 FM bandwidth in 2003. Their broadcasting studios have since moved to Water Mill, along with the studios of WBAZ and WBEA, which were acquired by AAA Entertainment over the past decade. Top-forty station WBEA is known as “Beach Radio,” while WBAZ has long been an adult contemporary station, which originally broadcast from the North Fork.

Lauren Stone in her WEHM profile picture.
Lauren Stone in her WEHM profile picture.

According to Ms. Stone’s profile page on WEHM’s website, she is a native of Chicago who was a filmmaker in New York City before she began her radio career in the late 1990s. She was the assistant music director at New York’s WFUV before she joined the WEHM staff.

Her favorite records include The Beatles’ “Revolver,” “I Am Shelby Lynne,” Sam Phillips’ “The Indescribable Wow,” Marti Jones’ “Used Guitars,” Beck’s “Odelay” and Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline.”

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

3 thoughts on “WEHM and two other local stations sold to DJ’s firm

  • December 20, 2013 at 11:16 am
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    If it had to sold this is good news. I have corresponded with Lauren for a few years now starting when Brian Cosgrove did the morning show.
    She has a great knowledge of rock and jazz.
    Even played the Les McCann version of Eugene McDaniels song, “Try-in to Make It Real – Compared to What”. She knows her stuff and is a good manager.
    Congratulations to Lauren !

    P.S. Anyone remember when the station was called “Hamptons Beach Music” ? That was a while ago.

    Rick & Linda

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  • December 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm
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    Good luck to the new owners.

    Rich Keith
    Pure Jazz Radio

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  • December 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm
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    Good for them. I wish them luck.

    WEHM is all I listen to when I’m out there, I can usually pick it up on the way out, after the big hill on the LIE around exit 57. Great song selection, stuff you don’t hear anywhere else. Acoustic sunrise on Sunday is a great way to start the day. And as they say: Anthony is iconic. Good Luck Lauren!

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