WRKL Building has New Owner, Tenant

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Former home of radio station WRKL and Polskie Radio, in a 2018 photo from WRKL.org

POMONA — The building that once held the studios of WRKL and later a Polish-language AM station has changed hands and is slated to become a preschool.

The 5,700-square-foot concrete structure off Route 202 has been leased to a new tenant who plans to modify the space to accommodate a Chabad preschool, according to an announcement from Rand Commercial, which represented the landlord.

The tenant’s name was not disclosed, and it was unclear if any zoning changes would be required to permit a school to operate in the commercial building.

Broadcasting from 910 on the AM dial, WRKL featured Rockland County news coverage, call-in shows and other local programming from 1964 to 1999, according to the station’s tribute website.

WRKL launched the careers of numerous on-air and behind-the-scenes staffers, including popular host Steve Possell, who recently retired from WRCR AM, meteorologist Mark Hanok, and WCBS AM’s Sean Adams and Tim Scheld.

The station was bought in 1999 for $502,000 by Polnet Communications, a Chicago-based company that streams Polskie Radio online.

Polnet sold the property in May 2021 to Trophy LLC of Spring Valley for $750,000, according to Rockland County land records.

The 12.71-acre parcel has a market value of $1.6 million, according to Town of Ramapo property records.

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