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WPLJ Reunion Day Part 3: New York’s Best Rock

The 2pm hour of the WPLJ Reunion Day kicked off with a number of their 1970s/80s Rock era DJs, many of whom now work at iHeartMedia Classic Rock “Q104.3“: Jim Kerr, Shelli Sonstein, Carol Miller, and Jimmy Fink. Afterwards hosts Race Taylor and Joey Kramer turned their focus to the Hot AC era including tributes to longtime afternoon show The Rocky Allen Showgram and replaying the audio of Scott & Todd on September 11, 2001. The first full guest lineup included: “Q104.3” WAXQ morning hosts Jim Kerr & Shelli Sonstein “Q104.3” WAXQ evening host Carol Miller “107.1 The Peak” WXPK afternoon host Jimmy Fink 101.1 WCBS-FM overnight host Dave Stewart “New 102.7” WNEW evening host Christine Richie Former WPLJ producer Robin Ostro...

WPLJ Reunion Day Part 2: Scott Shannon Returns

The all-day WPlJ Reunion brought out the big guns for this 12pm-2pm segment. The first hour saw Scott Shannon and the rest of his 101.1 WCBS-FM morning show cast members Patty Steele, Joe Nolan, and Brad Blanks return to WPLJ and reunite with Todd Pettingill for the first time since Shannon exited after 22 years at the station in 2014. The 1pm hour was hosted by 1983-1999 host Fast Jimi Roberts (now hosting afternoons at 101.9 WLIF Baltimore) and early 1990’s evening host turned TV host AJ Hammer. Jimi and AJ were joined by a pair of current WCBS-FM hosts ‘Broadway’ Bill Lee and overnight host Dave Stewart, the latter of which spent two decades at WPLJ as well as former “Power 95” superfan/contest winner turned mega-star Debbie Gibson before turning the ship o...

WPLJ Reunion Day Part 1: 9AM To 12PM

After 48 years 95.5 WPLJ New York was sold to Christian operator Educational Media Foundation and went out with a bang. Dedicating Thursday, May 30, 2019 to a reunion of former employees and friends of the station, the WPLJ Reunion was hosted by longtime station veterans Race Taylor and Joey Kramer. Starting at 9:00am, the station featured the 1979 Big Montage produced by Pat St. John and a TM Studios jingle montage. The first three hours featured appearances from the following guests: iHeartMedia Director of Talent Development and former WPLJ evening host Tony Banks WABC-TV traffic reporter (and longtime WPLJ reporter) Heather O’Rourke Current New York market afternoon traffic reporter Alex Lee 1991-1999 morning news anchor Naomi D’Clementi Former morning show producer Joey B ...

WDBZ (105.1 The Buzz) – New York – 2/9/97 – Josh Bennett

This is a montage of the short-lived Modern AC format on 105.1 FM New York, branded as “The Buzz”, about halfway through its life. Quoting from the Formatchange.com post highlighting the station’s debut a few months prior: “105.1 The Buzz debuted as an 80’s leaning Modern AC, attempting to fill a niche in between K-Rock and WPLJ along with gaining listeners disenfranchised by Z100 and WNEW dropping out of the Alternative Rock genre. However, the station may have been too hip and new for its own good. Changing conditions in the marketplace failed to allow The Buzz to reach its first birthday.”

WNSR (“FM 105.1”) – New York – 11/14/97 – Karen Carson

105.1 FM in New York went through numerous formats in the late 1990’s. This is a montage of the station during a period when, according to The Format Change Archive, the station transitioned from Modern AC back to Hot AC, and called itself simply “FM 105.1”.

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