by
Vince Santarelli

vinceapple2002@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Internet Volume 18 - No. Spring, 2019

 

 

 

This time I thought we’d take a look at everyone who has worked at WPLJ since February 14, 1971.

 

MORNINGS

Michael Cuscuna

Alex Bennett

Sean Casey

Dick Summer

Jimmy Fink

Jim Kerr

Jimmy Fink

Jim Kerr

Jim Kerr & Gary Bryan

Gary Bryan

Gary Bryan & Linda Energy

Archer Dusablon & Linda Energy

Archere Dusablon & Riusty Humphries

Rocky Allen

Scott Shannon

Scott Shannon & Todd Pettengill

Todd Pettengill

Todd Potential & Jayde Donovan

 

MID-DAYS

Vin Scelsa

Dave Cassidy

Steve O’Brien

Paul Krimsier

Tony Pigg

Tom Morgan

Zacherle

Jimmy Fink

Tony Pigg

J.J. Kennedy

Bobby Valentine

Skye Walker

Bobby Valentine

Skye Walker

Fast Jimmy Roberts

Skye Walker

Kim Ashley

Kenny Walker

Kim Ashley

Al Bandiero

Kristie McIntyre

Rich Kaminsky

Kim Ashley

Rich Kaminsky

Race Taylor

Joey Kramer

Jeff Miles

Race Taylor

Melony Torres

 

AFTERNOONS

Tony Pigg

Michael Cuscuna

Paul Krimsier

Larry Miller

Tony Pigg

Pat St. John

Fast Jimmy Roberts

Greg Thunder

Skye Walker

Fast Jimmy Roberts

Rocky Allen

Kim Ashley

Rich Kaminsky

Race Taylor

Rocky Allen

Race Taylor

John Foxx

Race Taylor

 

NIGHTS

Dave Herman

Tom Hogan

Pat St. John

Tony Pigg

Randi Thomas

Denise Oliver

Jimmy Fink

Tony Pigg

Carol Miller

Peter Bush

Fast Jimmy Roberts

Hollywood Henderson

Domino

A.J. Hammer

Al Bandiero

Danny Meyers & Onions

Jamie Lee

Christine Richie

Joey Kramer

Ralphie Aversa

Mike Allan

 

LATE NIGHTS

Mike Turner

Zacherle

Carol Miller

Dave Charity

Mark Goodman

Marc Coppola

Peter Bush

Dave Charity

Tony Pigg

Fast Jimmy Roberts

Peter Bush

Willie B. Goode

Cleo Rowe

Bobby Valentine

Willie B. Goode

Linda Energy

Wendy Williams

Dave Stewart

Skye Walker

Dave Stewart

Kim Ashley

David Hunter

Billy Bush

 

OVERNIGHTS

Larry Yurdin

Tony Pigg

Alex Bennett

Helen Hagen

Viv Roundtree

Geoff Nimmo

Viv Roundtree

Dave Fonteno

Bob Marrone

Cleo Rowe

Bobby Valentine

Cleo Rowe

Bobby Valentine

Tony Roma

Terry Fox

Dave Stewart

Blake Hayes

No overnight personality starting 15 October 2013

 

And there you have it. The complete list. I didn’t list the weekend personalities because most of them became full time and they are listed here in their time slots.

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

APRIL

 

BIRTHDAYS

  3 - Bob Lewis - WMGM, WABC, WABC FM, WCBS FM, WNEW FM

  4 - Sam Rosen - Rangers announcer

  4 - Dick Summer - WNEW FM, WPLJ, WNBC, WYNY, WPIX FM, WQCD

  5 - Bob Jones - WHN, WNEW, WQXR, WQEW

  5 - Gary Stevens - WMCA

  5 - Bryan Wilson - WABC, WHTZ

  7 - Freddie Colon  - WKTU, WRKS, WQHT, WQEW, WKTU, WSKQ, WTJM, WNEW FM

  8 - J.J. Jackson - WABC FM, MTV

  8 - John R. Gambling - WOR, WABC, WNYM

  9 - John B. Gambling - WOR

  9 - Wes Richards - WRFM, WBBR

11 - Gil Gross - WPLJ/WABC

12 - Dan Neer - WNEW FM, WAXQ, WFNY

15 - Art Ford - WINS, WNBC, WNEW, WNTA, WPIX FM

15 - Jerry Marshall - WNEW, WMGM, WCBS

15 - Shelli Sonstein - WPLJ, WAXQ

16 - Milton J. Cross - Voice of the Metropolitan Opera (1931 - 1973)

16 - Anita Bonita - WHTZ, WNEW, CBS Sports, WDBZ, WYNY

17 - Boomer Esiason, WFAN

17 - Steve Somers - WFAN

17 - Alipio Coco Cabrera - WCAA, WADO

18 - Todd Pettengill - WPLJ

19 - Malibu Sue McCann - WWFS

19 - Cipha Sounds - WQHT

20 - Richard Neer - WNEW FM, WFAN

20 - Ed Osborne - WCBS FM

22 - Alex Sensation - WSKQ

25 - Edward R. Murrow - CBS Radio News

25 - Robert Q. Lewis - WNEW

26 - Jim Nettleton - WABC, WPIX FM

26 - Maria Milito - WAXQ

27 - Les Keiter - WMGM Sports, Yankees, Giants, Knicks, Rangers announcer

27 - Charlie Burger - WKTU, WCBS FM

27 - Herb Barry - WYNY, WKHK, WCBS FM, WPAT FM, WLTW

28 - Rosemary Daniel (Size 9) Wife of WCBS FM's Dan Daniel

29 - Dick Lynch - Giants announcer

29 - Marc Coppola - WPLJ, WAPP, WXRK, WAXQ

30 - Bea Wain - WMCA, WABC

30 - Ted David - WPIX FM, ABC Radio Network, WNSR, CNBC TV, WINS

 

DEATHS

  1 - John Loscalzo - WXRK - 2015

  5 - Howard Clark - WWDJ - 2009

  7 - Cleo Rowe - WBLS, WPLJ - 2010

  7 - Jim Branch - WABC, WPIX FM, WRFM - 2011

  8 - Gene Klavan - WNEW - 2004

  9 - Sandy Becker - WWRL, WNEW - 1996

10 - Long John Nebel - WNBC - 1978

10 - Eddie O’Jay - WLIB, WWRL - 1998

13 - Fred Facey - NBC announcer - 2003

14 - Les Keiter - WMGM - 2009

14 - Mike Joseph - WABC, Hot Hits Format - 2018

15 - Pat Parson - WCBS 2004

15 - Merle Harmon - New York Jets Broadcaster - 2009

17 - Dom Valentino - Nets, Islanders & Yankees announcer - 2012

19 - Russ Hodges - Yankees and Giants (baseball) announcer - 1971

19 - Reid Collins - WNEW, CBS News - 2018

20 - Tedd Lawrence - WINS, WMGM, WMCA, WABC, WABC FM - 1999

20 - Jim Donnelly - WNEW, WCBS - 2002

20 - Al Racco - WABC (GM) - 2009

22 - Gene Edwards - WMGM, WTFM, WQEW - 2001

22 - Brian Carter - WBLS - 2012

23 - Howard Cosell - ABC Radio Sports - 1995

24 - Steve Lundy - WNBC - 1999

25 - Roger Troutman - WRKS - 1999

25- Chris Borgen - WINS, WNCN, WCBS TV - 2003

26 - Bob Dayton - WABC, WPIX FM, WCBS FM - 1995

26 - Pete Fornatale - WNEW FM, WXRK - 2012

27 - Edward R. Murrow - CBS Radio News - 1965

27 - Ron O’Brien - WXLO, WNBC - 2008

28 - Enoch Gregory (The Dixie Drifter) - WWRL - 2000

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - WMCA debuts rock format - 1958

  1 - WWDJ switches from rock to religious - 1974

  2 - CBS becomes first 24-hour radio network - 1973

  2 - Joey Reynolds does last show at WOR - 2010

  3 - Murray the K leaves WNBC - 1974

  3 - WSKQ (620 AM) changes call letters to WXLX - 1995

  7 - WNEW FM plays 2-millionth song (God Gave Rock & Roll To You - Argent) - 1986

  8 - Gary Stevens starts at WMCA - 1965

  9 - Pat St. John starts at WPLJ - 1973

  9 - WBGO (88.3 FM) changes format to Jazz - 1979

  9 - WDBZ becomes WBIX (105.1) - 1998

10 - AFTRA strike ends - 1967

10 - The short-lived “Blink” format debuts on WNEW FM (102.7) - 2003

11 - Norm N. Nite starts at WCBS FM - 1973

11 - Scott Shannon starts at WPLJ - 1991

12 - WTJM (105.1 FM) switches call letters to WWPR - 2002

12 - Don Imus does last show at WFAN - 2007

12 - Pat St. John does last show at WCBS FM - 2015

13 - WHOM AM signs on - 1930

13 - Music ‘Til Dawn with host Bob Hall premiers on WCBS (880 AM) - 1953

13 - Jack Spector last show at WMCA - 1969

14 - WSOU signs on - 1948

14 - WPIX FM switches from new wave back to pop - 1980

17 - Bob Sheppard debuts as Yankee Stadium announcer - 1951

17 - WRFM (105.1) switches from beautiful music to soft rock WNSR - 1986

17 - Bob Grant does last show at WABC - 1996

18 - Last broadcast of the Mutual Broadcasting System - 1999

19 - WINS drops Top 40 and goes all news - 1965

22 - Soupy Sales starts at WNBC - 1985

22 - Paul “Cubby” Bryant starts at Z-100 (WHTZ 100.3 FM) - 1996

27 - Meteorologist Craig Allen starts at WCBS - 1981

28 - Herb Oscar Anderson starts at WMCA - 1958

28 - Arthur Godfrey does last CBS Radio Network show - 1972

28 - WHOM AM changes call letters to WZRC - 1990

28 - WEVD (1050 AM) changes call letters to WEPN - 2003

30 - First “Arthur Godfrey Time” on CBS Radio - 1945

30 - Last “Arthur Godfrey Time” on CBS Radio - 1972

30 - WOR moves to 111 Broadway - 2005

30 - WEPN moves to 98.7 FM - 2012

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

MAY

 

BIRTHDAYS

  1 - Mike Fitzgerald - WHN, WCBS FM, WLTW

  1 - Al Meredith - WCBS FM ND

  2 - Sam DeLuca - Jets announcer

  2 - Bernard Meltzer - WMCA, WOR

  2 - Steve O'Brien  - WABC, WYNY and elsewhere!

  4 - Gene Klavan - WNEW, WOR

  4 - Ed Baer - WMCA, WHN, WYNY, WCBS FM

  5 - Ted Brown - WOR, WNEW, WMGM, WNBC

  5 - Al Derogatis - Giants football announcer

  5 - Steve Clark - WMCA, WOR FM, WCBS FM, WPIX FM, WWDJ

  6 - Sandy Jackson - WLTW

  6 - Ed Kalegi - WBBR

  7 - Cheryl Santarelli - wife of APPLE BITES editor Vince Santarelli

  7 - Win Elliot - Voice of New York Rangers

  7 - Jim Lowe - WNEW, WNBC

  7 - Tony Mascaro - WPLJ MD, WABC OD

  8 - Bill Lee - WQHT, WKTU, WCBS FM

  9 - Ken Dashow - WAPP, WNEW FM, WAXQ

10 - Scott Muni - WMCA, WABC, WOR FM, WNEW FM, WAXQ

10 - Pat Summerall - WCBS

10 - George Taylor Morris - WWDJ, WPIX FM

10 - Bob Buchmann- WAXQ (PD)

13 - Rob Miller - WKTU (PD)

16 - Bobby Konders - WBLS, WQHT

19 - Michael and Patrick Harrison - sons of Harry Harrison

19 - Patty Steele - WHTZ, WCBS, WNSR, WBIX, WTJM, WPLJ, WCBS FM

20 - Stan Lomax - WOR sports

20 - Bobby Murcer - Yankees announcer

21 - Jack Kratoville - WLTW

22 - Mike Breen - radio voice of New York Knicks

23 - Arch McDonald - Giants baseball & Yankees announcer

23 - Ed Salamon president of Unistar (former PD of WHN)

24 - Valerie Smaldone - WLTW

25 - Champaine - WBLS

25 - Lindsey Nelson - voice of the Mets 1962 - 1978

25 - Rosko - WOR FM, WNEW FM, WQIV, WBLS, WKTU

29 - Frank Morano - producer of WABC’s Curtis & Kuby & Sat. Nite Oldies

30 - Herb Oscar Anderson - WMCA, WABC, WHN

31 - Ross Britain - WABC, WHTZ

 

DEATHS

 1 - Howard Smith - WABC FM - 2014

 3 - Robert Alda - WEVD (Father of Alan Alda) - 1986

 4 - Ernie Harwell - Giants baseball announcer - 2010

 9 - Graham McNamee - WEAF - 1942

 7 - Don McNeill - ABC Radio Breakfast Club - 1996

 9 - Paul Sherman, WINS - 1983

10 - Ed Jordan - WABC staff announcer - 2004

15 - Paulette Bolin Rochman - WPIX FM, WNEW, WQEW - 2012

17 - Long John Wade - WCBS FM - 2006

17 - Sam Hall - WOR, WNBC, WYNY, WNEW, WQXR - 2018

18 - Keeve Berman - WOR, ABC Radio - 2008

19 - Henry Morgan - WMCA, WOR, WNBC - 1994

20 - “Pretty” Patti Harrison - wife of Harry Harrison - 2003

23 - Hal Jackson - WMCA, WLIB, WNJR, WWRL, WBLS - 2012

24 - Bernice Judis - WNEW (GM) - 1983

25 - John Scott - WCBS FM - 2005

29 - Dave Herman - WABC FM, WNEW FM, WXRK - 2014

31 - Scott Vincent - ABC Staff Announcer - 1979

31 - Arlene Francis - WOR - 2001

31 - Tom Tracy - WNEW (MD) - 2014

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - WBBR changes call letters to WPOW - 1957

  1 - First WCBS FM Top 20 Countdown (1966) - 1982

  2 -- Vin Scelsa last show at WFUV - 2015

  3 -  Beautiful music WTFM changes to Album WAPP - 1982

  5 - John R. Gambling rejoins WOR - 2008

  7 - Dan Ingram does his last show at WABC - 1982

  7 - WYNY (107.1 FM) drops country format - 2002

  8 - Ron Lundy does last show at WABC - 1982

  8 - Rhumba 107.1 debuts on 107.1 FM - 2002

  9 - Alan Freed does last show at WINS - 1958

  9 - Start of automation on WRFM (105.1) - 1967

10 - The music dies at WABC - 1982

14 - Ron Lundy starts at WCBS FM - 1984

15 - WJZ moves to New York City - 1923

15 - Peter Tripp of WMGM found guilty of 35 counts of “commercial bribery” - 1961

17 - WJRZ Country becomes WWDJ Top 40 - 1971

18 - Bobby Jay starts full time at WCBS FM - 1986

18 - WRKS  calls changed to WEPN FM - 2012

19 - Alan Freed, Mel Leeds and Tommy Smalls indicted on payola charges - 1960

20 - WRCA becomes WNBC (660 AM) - 1960

20 - Dennis Quinn starts at WPIX FM (101.9) - 1971

22 - Dave Herman starts at WNEW FM (“Hello It’s Me” - Nazz) - 1972

24 - K-Rock returns to 92.3 - 2007

25 - Champaine starts at WBLS - 1983

26 - Dan Daniel starts at WCBS FM - 1996

26 - WNWK (105.9) changes from multicultural to Spanish - 1998

26 - WBLS moves to 395 Hudson St. - 2012

27 - WCAA switches to “Reggaeton” format as “La Kalle 105.9 - 2005

28 - WINS (1010 AM) - WMGM (1050 AM) Charles DeGaulle prank - 1958

29 - Jack Spector starts at WMCA - 1961

29 - NBC’s “News & Information Service” signs off - 1977

31 - WFNY changes call letters back to WXRK - 2007

 

 

APPLE BITES CALENDAR FOR

JUNE

 

BIRTHDAYS

 

  1 - Paul “Cubby” Bryant- WHTZ, WKTU

  2 - Pat Carroll - WCBS

  4 - Valerie Geller - WABC PD

  5 - Dennis O’Mara former WCBS FM Afternoon Traffic Reporter

  5 - Eric Wellman - WAXQ (PD/MD)

  6 - Larry Berger - WPLJ (PD)

  6 - Kevin Metheny - WNBC (PD)

  6 - Ralphie Aversa - WPLJ

  7 - Quincy McCoy - WKTU, WXRK, WNEW, WQCD, WBLS

  8 - Dave Jennings - Jets, Giants football announcer

  9 - Jessica Ettinger - WYNY, WWPR, WPLJ, WLTW, WBBR, WINS

10 - B. Mitchell Reed - WMCA

11 - Peter Tripp  - WMGM

11 - Long John Nebel - WOR, WNBC, WMCA

12 - Marv Albert - THE Voice Of The Knicks And Rangers and now the Nets

14 - Gus Gossert - WCBS FM, WPIX FM

16 - Jay Sorensen - WNBC, WCBS FM

16 - Alan Ross - WPIX FM, WPAT, WNSR, WMXV, WYNY (Y-107)

16 - David Simpson - WPLJ, WCBS FM

18 - Joe Persek - WXLO (MD)

18 - Russ Hodges - Yankees & Giants baseball announcer

20 - Victor Sosa - WLTW

21 - Merle Harmon - Jets announcer

21 - Moire Mason - WCBS FM (GM), WNEW FM (GM)

21 - Fast Jimmy Roberts - WPLJ

22 - Lee Arnold - WJRZ, WHN, WQEW, WNSW

24 - Jack Sterling - WCBS, WHN

24 - Don Davis - WMCA (Don Baldwin - WINS)

25 - Ron Lundy - WABC, WCBS FM

26 - Rick Sommers - WLTW, WNEW FM

26 - Tanya Simpson - WRKS

26 - Diana King - WBLS, WTJM, WRKS

28 - Jonathan Schwartz - WNEW FM, WNEW, WQEW, WNYC

29 - Bob Fass - WBAI

30 - Lori Jordan - WCBS FM Afternoon Traffic Reporter

 

DEATHS

  4 - Carol Reed - WCBS - 1970

  4 - Bob Fitzsimmons - WHN, WNBC, WNEW - 1993

  9 - Jack Lacy - WINS - 1996

10 - Lindsey Nelson - Voice Of The Mets - 1995

12 - Ted Cott - WNYC, WNEW (PD), WNBC (GM) - 1973

12 -- Bill Bailey - WWDJ - 2013

13 - Pat Evans - WXRK PD - 2012

15 - Ronnie Grant - WWDJ - 1985

16 - Mel Allen - Voice Of The Yankees - 1996

17 - Debbie Sheehan - WPAT, Shadow Traffic - 2018

18 - Nick Charles - WPIX FM - 2006

19 - Bill Martin - CBS Staff Announcer - 2011

21 - Dan Daniel - WMCA, WNBC, WHN,WYNY, WCBS FM - 2016

22 - Rick Sklar - WABC PD - 1992

22 - Rick Shaw - WXLO - 1998

22 - Bruce Bradley - WHN, WNEW, WNBC, WYNY - 2013

23 - Freddie Robbins - WOV, WHN, WINS, WABC, WNEW - 1992

23 - Gabe Pressman - WRCA, WNBC TV - 2017

24 - Dan Ingram, WABC, WKTU, WCBS FM - 2018

26 - Stan Lomax - WOR - 1987

28 - Howard the Cab Driver - WPLJ - 2010

29 - Bob Ortiz - WPLJ - 2010

30 - Galen Drake - WJZ, WCBS, WOR - 1989

 

RADIO ANNIVERSARIES

  1 - WRCA Changes call letters back to WNBC - 1960

  1 - Don Imus starts in radio at KUTY (Palmdale, Ca) - 1968

  2 - Alan Freed starts at WABC - 1958

  2 - Bobby Jay starts the “New York Oldies Party” on WCBS FM (later known as   “Juke Box Saturday Night”) - 1995

  3 - WCBS FM (101.1) changes to the “Jack” format - 2005

  4 - WNBC FM (97.1) switches format to “The Rock Pile” - 1973

  4 - WNWK changes call letters to WCAA - 1998

  4 - WPAT (930 AM) sold to Multicultural Broadcasting - 1998

  5 - WHOM (Spanish) becomes WKTU (Mellow) - 1975

  7 - Last Radio Greats show on WCBS FM (Dick Heatherton) - 2009

  8 - Dan Ingram does last show at WCBS FM - 2003

12 - Monitor debuts on the NBC Radio Network - 1955

12 - Citadel takes control of Disney/ABC radio stations - 2007

13 - WBAM becomes WOR FM - 1948

14 - WNJR changes call letters to WNSW - 1999

15 - NBC Blue Network becomes ABC - 1945

16 - Bob-A-Loo joins WABC - 1962

17 - WOR switches to 710 - 1927

17 - Joe McCoy’s leaves as PD at WCBS FM - 2004

18 - NBC’s Monitor program expands to 8 AM Saturday to Midnight Sunday - 1955

18 - WNBC FM becomes WNWS - 1975

18  - NBC News & Information Service debuts - 1975

19 - WMCA begins using “The Good Guys” - 1962

23 - Don McNeill debuts as host of The Breakfast Club - 1933

29 - Wolfman Jack does last show at WNBC - 1974

29 - First “Doo Wop Shop” on WCBS FM - 1975

29 - Joe McCoy starts as WCBS FM PD - 1981

30 - WPLJ switches from AOR To Top 40 - 1983

 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE

Of course, everyone knows now that WPLJ is going away. They’ve been sold to Educational Media Foundation a group responsible for the K-Love format which is religious. WPLJ will soon change to that religious format and possibly change calls to WKLV. Everyone has their memories of WPLJ. Mine are from when they were an AOR station, playing New York’s Best Rock. I was listening to them when they were WABC FM. In fact, that was what I listened to when I wanted to hear this music. I never went to WNEW FM. I know, sacrilege, but that’s what I wanted to listen to. After all, it was the FM station of my favorite AM station. So I listened to WABC FM and later WPLJ and heard a lot of good music that I wasn’t hearing on AM radio. I liked their jocks, too, Pat St. John, Jim Kerr, Tony Pigg, Jimmy Fink. They were the best. When they changed to CHR, I was shocked. I remember driving into work one day listening to WPLJ and I heard Never Gonna Let You Go by Sergio Mendes and I knew right away, something was amiss. WPLJ had gone CHR. And that’s when I pretty much stopped listening. I would check in every once in a while to see what they were doing, but as far a pre-set on my car radio, no more. So farewell WPLJ. You were a good radio station and I have good memories of your days as New York’s Best Rock. And another one bites the dust.

 

Vince Santarelli

Editor

 

 

 

 

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