New York

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 ...

WPLJ (Mojo Radio 95.5 FM) – New York – 6/21/91 – AJ Hammer

**New York City’s 95.5 WPLJ will end its current programming format at 7pm EDT today (Friday 5/31/19), following a sale from Cumulus to Educational Media Foundation. We will be featuring airchecks of this longtime CHR/Hot AC station from the past 30+ years throughout this week.** Per Wikipedia – as a final attempt to find success with the CHR format, WPLJ rebranded as “Mojo Radio” in April 1991, shortly after hiring Scott Shannon as morning show host. Four months later, the station began shifting towards Adult Top 40; by February 1992, it had evolved to Hot AC and began calling itself simply “95-5 PLJ”.

WPLJ 95.5 – New York – 2/25/02 – Jaime Lee

**New York City’s 95.5 WPLJ will end its current programming format on Friday 5/31/19, following a sale from Cumulus to Educational Media Foundation. We will be featuring airchecks of this longtime CHR/Hot AC station from the past 30+ years throughout this week.**

WPLJ 95.5 – New York – 9/19/11 – Race Taylor

**New York City’s 95.5 WPLJ will end its current programming format on Friday 5/31/19, following a sale from Cumulus to Educational Media Foundation. We will be featuring airchecks of this longtime CHR/Hot AC station from the past 30+ years throughout this week.**  

WPLJ 95.5 – New York – 2/11/95 – Tony Banks (Valentine’s Dedications)

**New York City’s 95.5 WPLJ will end its current programming format on Friday 5/31/19, following a sale from Cumulus to Educational Media Foundation. We will be featuring airchecks of this longtime CHR/Hot AC station from the past 30+ years throughout this week.** Courtesy of the now-defunct mp3airchecks.com, here’s a sample of New York’s longtime Adult CHR/Hot AC, recorded on the weekend before Valentine’s Day in 1995.  

WPLJ (The All New ‘PLJ – Power 95) – New York – 1990 – Greg Thunder

**New York City’s 95.5 WPLJ will end its current programming format on Friday 5/31/19, following a sale from Cumulus to Educational Media Foundation. We will be featuring airchecks of this longtime CHR/Hot AC station from the past 30+ years throughout this week.** Courtesy of the now-defunct mp3airchecks.com, here’s a sample of New York’s WPLJ during as days as “Power 95”, but after the station adopted a lean towards more adult-oriented, pop/rock hits. Interestingly, the station also used “Musicradio” (made famous by WABC-AM) and “The All New PLJ” as supplementary monikers. Visit Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station.  

WPLJ (Power 95) – New York City – 10/28/85 – Fast Jimmy Roberts

**New York City’s 95.5 WPLJ will end its current programming format on Friday 5/31/19, following a sale from Cumulus to Educational Media Foundation. We will be featuring airchecks of this longtime CHR/Hot AC station from the past 30+ years throughout this week.** Here’s a sample of WPLJ couple of years after it entered the CHR format, and within the first year of calling itself “Power 95”. Visit Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station.

WBLI (106.1 ‘BLI) – Long Island, NY – 2/7/98 – Doc Medek

WBLI was an upbeat, fun-sounding CHR outlet, offering Long Island a locally focused alternative to similarly formatted stations from New York City.  

WKTU (103-5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 10/19/98

This is a montage of the station that went to worst to first in one rating book, about 2.5 years after its debut.

WQHT (Hot 97) – New York – 9/17/91 – Jeff Thomas, Fast Freddie Colon

This is a montage of New York’s Hot 97 from its days as a high-energy Dance CHR. The station debuted with the same format as Hot 103.5 five years earlier, moved to 97.1 in 1988, and began evolving into a hip-hop-oriented station in early 1993.

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