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Country returns to New York radio

Monday, January 21, 2013 – Country radio returned to New York today for the first time in 17 years. Cumulus Broadcasting announced that 94.7 - aka "Nash FM" is now a country station.

The station's web site said, "Nash FM is dedicated to bringing you the best, newest and most exciting country artists on the planet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're more than country - we're Country for Life."

The station's tag line is "America's country station. New York's All New Nash FM 94.7."

The first song played by the station was Randy Houser's How Country Feels. Alan Jackson's Gone Country was next.

The last country station in New York was in 1996 when WYNY became WKTU. The station later was picked up by a suburban signal and continued until 2002.

The Daily News reported that the station had no DJs, something common at the start of a station.

Cumulus also owns WABC and WPLJ, two major New York stations.

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