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Peter recently checked in and identified
himself as the unknown
person in the lobby photo on the WBAB page! Thanks Peter!
After WBAB, Peter went to evenings at WLLH in Lowell
and Lawrence, Mass and then all-nights at WLOB, a fulltime 5kw in
Portland, Maine. "I was there in 71 and 72 and again 79 as a jock. Great memories
when radio was radio!" Peter eventually became a Chief Engineer in
places like KONO/ KITY San Antonio, KWKH Shreveport, and for
10 years sold studio furniture systems... "some at WNYG I think and
Peter currently resides in Phoenix Arizona.
Jim “Jimbo” Genovese passed away suddenly on December 16, 2009.
He was 61 years old. Jim’s tremendous voice will live on in our hearts
Anyone wishing to leave words of comfort
to Jim's family may contact his
sister Rose Mauro at
president and CEO of
the Jim Genovese DJ
with his long time friend and
Marty Curley. Jim's extensive
radio career included working
on Long Island
at WLIX, WLNG, WSUF,
WRCN/WHRF, as well as in Florida
WMOP/WFUZ in Ocala,
WTYM & WWBA
in Tampa, just to name a few.
Jim was a friend and regular contributor to
the WBAB/WNYG tribute site,
and will be greatly missed.
After moving on to WBAB and WGBB,
Gail left the radio business
did administrative assistant work. Since 1991,
Gail has been
a court reporter. Today, she works in the
Supreme Court in
Gail would love to get in touch
with Joe Kola.
Whereabouts unknown. We would love to hear from him or his friends.
While earning his law degree, Bob moved forward
United Artists Broadcasting in Philadelphia. He eventually
opened his own law business while keeping active in
politics. Bob is semi-retired now and currently lives in Virginia,
but would love to attend a WBAB reunion. Anyone interested
should e-mail Bob.
currently retired from broadcasting and happily enjoying
every minute living in Marco Island in beautiful Florida! You
reach Lynne via her e-mail by clicking her name (above).
Hired from WLIR by WBAB PD Mark
Alan, Malcolm did a short stint
at 1190 WLIB in NYC before hopping over to 103.5 WAPP (the old
WTFM). He then moved over to WALK 97.5 and also did on-air
work in Boston and Miami. Malcolm also worked for 7 years at
Rock 96.1 FM WSRS with his On-Air colleague
Kerry Mathison. After a long illness, Malcolm pass away back on
June 4th 2006 at his home with his family by his side.
Mark moved on and started a talent
groups and acts into night clubs and colleges. Mark was located in Eagan Minnesota.
Carrying on the radio
tradition is Mark and
Loretta's daughter Liz, who works in
Miami for Cox Radio's:
'The Coast', as a sales representative.
They also have a
son Mark. Sadly, we recently learned from Mark's past wife Loretta Frost that he
passed away on November 16th 2012 after a battle with lung cancer. He was 73.
Did "The Whole Bag" show at CKFH, one of Canada's first
progressive rock radio shows. Worked in 14 radio markets
during 40-year career, including New York, Los Angeles and
Honolulu. Nickname "Big G" came from General Foods, a sponsor
of one of his early shows. Had voice part in the movie "Jaws". Sadly,
Glenn died at age 62 in 1999.
(Update Courtesy Of Marnie
After many years on the air at WNYG, Lilla moved her
Original Italian Hours program to it's new home on 1580 WLIM,
where she continued to entertain her audiences for close to 15 years.
Sadly, Lilla Savona passed away on Christmas day 1999. She is
her 3 daughters Joy Munro, Cathy Fizzinogla and
Tressa Chirico Sharak, along with her 5 grandchildren.
You can reach Joy by
clicking on Lilla's name above.
(WBAB-AM) Officially retired
from radio, Pat's
career started just after WW2 and ended in 2007 when
he signed off his long running show on WMNF FM in
Tampa Florida. Pat's show covered the history of Jazz
and Swing, which was still popular with the young and
the hip, as well as the older and hipper!
Jim had 9 radio stations and 3 years
serving in the Marines
touring Vietnam under his belt, when he arrived on
Long Island in ‘72 to work at WBAB in Babylon.
there that Jim pioneered his overnight 'Freak Show', allowing
listeners full freedom to call in and do creative bits on the air.
Gentleman Jim’s "Freak Show" on WBAB quickly gained high
popularity and attracted national attention in several print
publications. By 1986, Jim took a break from broadcasting,
and landed back home in sunny Texas. He entered into
the field of telemarketing, which has been his mainstay. Says
Jim, "I currently work for the San Antonio Wheelchair Athletes, a
group of men who play wheelchair basketball during halftime
at San Antonio Spur basketball games. We also work with local
underprivileged and disabled children by providing athletic
racing wheelchairs for them to compete with other kids."
Click on Jim’s name (above) for a link that takes you into an
extensive look at his complete biography and radio
broadcast history! Feel free to send Jim an e-mail message:
(WBAB 1969-71), (WBLI 1971-76), (KWKI
Kansas City 1976-77),
(WHCN Hartford CT. 1977-78), certified instructor at the
School of Broadcasting, (WBLI 1981-92).
Relocated to Las Vegas, first
doing mid-days, and now on the Morning Drive on Sunny 106.5 as
Michael Neal with his partner Mealnie! ("They didn't want
me with the afternoon jock John BERRY,
and told me to choose any
name I wanted. I wish I could
go back and change it because listeners
think I'm saying
Mike O'Neal. Oh well! I love living in Las Vegas. I do miss
the NY fall and spring, but I don't miss the winters and
the humid summers!")
Feel free to E-mail me at: BarryMike@aol.com
A very special thanks goes to Mike
for taking the time to send us
all those wonderful WBAB photos, audio clips and memories!
Mike is currently living with his wife in California, and is the CEO of his
web based company: PodsByCell.com - Check out:
Left WNYG on April 5th 1982.
The very next day, Billy was doing overnights
on WALK 97.5, a slot he held until late summer of 1988. Billy is, and
will be credited for being the very first and original Producer-Host of the highly
popular overnight love song program "WALK Pillow Talk".
lives in PA, and is the CEO of Golden Age Communications Inc.
According to one of Sean's many station Image Liners, he's:
"A Man To Be Completely Understood... Especially If You Speak
Sean came in as PD at WNYG in 1981, switching the Long Island's
Treasure Chest Logo to "WNYG - The One Four (14) Gold". Sean
to work for
WALK FM in Patchogue, and later relocated
with his family to Miami,
working for WJQY for 2 years before
jumping on board Miami's
which is where he stayed for over 13 years. Sean was also Director of
handling internal and external media relations for a health
receivables and billing company. Rumor had been circling the industry that Sean had passed away
years ago, but we could never confirm this.
Recently, we learned from a reliable source that he did pass away on
January 2nd, 2012, after relocating to Baltimore to be closer to his family. Memorial service for Sean was held at “Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Cemetery” in North Lauderdale on March 24th at 11am.
A veteran weekender on WNYG! Joe
got married and relocated to Winter Park
in Florida. Joe is the President of SunTelemedia LLC, and is a regular
contributor to this web site.
Known as The Radio Diva, Miss Bernard moved on to work at
"The Home Of Rock N' Roll" - WNEW FM 102.7 in New York City, and
WALK FM in Patchogue. After nearly 21 years at the "Voice of America"
in Washington, D.C., Bernie took their early retirement offer and
has since returned to Long Island. She’s currently in charge of WCWP Radio,
a professor in
the Media Arts Dept. at C.W. Post and conducts most of her
classes at WCWP Radio. As a graduate of Post and a member
for 4 years, Bernie has certainly come full circle.
does free-lance voice-over work and is constructing a home
audio studio for her production company: Radio Diva Productions.
Bernie also plays electro-acoustic harp, as well as percussion as
a solo artist and is a "hired gun" for rock bands. You can reach
Bernie via her e-mail by clicking on her name.
After WBAB, Tony started his own
recording business. Several
friends have inquired about Tony, but his whereabouts are unknown.
Hired by legendary radio personality Dean Anthony, Kathy
for nearly a decade at WHLI and then KJOY. Kathy referred to
Anthony as her original "Radio Dad". We've recently heard from
Kathy and are happy to say she is doing fine and sends her love and
warm regards to all her friends, fans and radio colleagues! Kathy enjoys
staying in touch with her radio friends, family and listeners on her Facebook
page! She also looks forward to returning to the airwaves, as she misses
her first love of radio and the listeners very much! Click on Kathy's
name to send her an e-mail.
Amy worked on air part time on weekends both mornings and afternoons, as
well as sold air time. She also produced commercials for the station's
Amy moved on to work for Pennysaver these past 10 years as an advertising
sales agent, and has been a stay at home Mom raising 2 wonderful daughters!
Dave moved on to WKBN TV-AM/FM in
Youngstown Ohio as their
News-Art Director. He also did on-air movie reviews on the local TV station,
as well as wrote
comedy bits while performing voice work for the AM station.
Later, Dave moved to Los
Angeles, returning to the art field as a Storyboard
Artist for TV animation. Dave's worked at all
the major studios in town with his
home base at the Walt Disney Company. His other credits
Director and Art Director at Disney for the past 15 years. He's also directed
Captain Simian, Jumanji, Channel Umptee Three and Johnny Bravo.
He's also dabbled in a few comic books! Today, Dave is happily remarried, has two
daughters (one 15 and the other 10) and can
be found teaching at two colleges
in their animation departments.
Jim left WNYG in 1994, he's worked for WTHE / WVNJ and WTBQ.
Jim is the Chief Engineer at WLUX as well as part time engineer
Jim is also the audio engineer for various hockey and basketball remotes
at Nassau Colesium, Madison
Square Garden and the Meadowlands. His past
station credits include WLNG, WGLI, WALK, WHLI,
WPAC, WHRF and WRCN.
of radio with a successful landscaping business since 1994, Ed returned
to radio as the engineer on the Alan Colmes show on WEVD. He later moved on to a
position at WBBR, and after many years relocated to Citrus County in Florida.
Today, Ed can be heard in Florida on WVLG AM, located in Wildwood within the
In his spare time, he's involved with
an Internet radio
station called MuzicRadio.com. Ed has also worked at WLNG FM in Sag Harbor on eastern Long Island.
After leaving WNYG in 1993, Phyllis moved on to work at
WVNJ. She later landed a position as
Station General Manager at WTHE in Minneola.
After an 8 year stint as
general manager for Christian Radio WNYG, today Phyllis is
CEO and General Manager for "The Spirit Of New York Radio" online.
Lenny still sounds great today performing with his
group "The Chimes".
Lenny has joined voices again with the original second tenor and close
friend, Richard Mercado. The two have never sounded more beautiful
together! The harmony and synchronization has never parted after all the
years gone by. You can visit Lenny at www.lennycoccoandthechimes.com
or email him at LCandthechimes@aol.com.
He, too is still performing. Harry has released some more CD's over
the past few
years and we're sure he's busy making more. Harry has
made many guest appearances
on WCBS-FM's Doo Wop Shop.
Last heard Rob worked his way up at WALK-FM from intern to Program Director.
Sean is credited for being one
of the original co-founders of MuzicRadio.com
(an interactive Web-casting station). Sean uprooted and moved his business and
family from Long Island to North Carolina, where he enjoyed rebuilding classic
cars. Sadly, Sean passed away on Sunday February 10th 2008 after suffering a
fatal asthma attack. Sean is survived by his wife Pam, along with
his daughters Connie, Christine and Pammy. More information about Sean can be
found by visiting the Muzicradio tribute link on the WackRadio.com home page.
ROB JONTAY (Jeantet)
Hired by Kathy Cunningham in December of 1986, Rob is a member of the WNYG
Class of '86. Rob was a weekend DJ while working in television sports during the
for ESPN and SportsChannel.
Hired by Jim Pierce for morning drive
at WNYG in 1993, he did mornings with Joel Martin until
April 1994. He left to join WALK AM on it's split from the FM in 1996. Barnstormed B-103
and Rick Martini hired him for part-time on-air in 1996. Hosted 'The Super Oldies
all-request show. Rob's other station credits include: Country 94.3
Mornings with Amanda Clarke; WLVG Love 96.1 start-up night host; and WTHE 1520
Gospel (Operations Director) and
WALK 97.5 FM where he filled in on the weekends
for 6 months for J.D. Howard (Dave Schnayer)
and WLIR 92.7 as a
volunteer "Airliner". Today, Rob is currently working to return a Country
station back to the Nassau-Suffolk radio market and has since 2004. He is
being confused with Dr. Robert F. Jeantet a professor in Akron OHIO---who MIGHT
a distant relative! He's the smart one! He thanks Jim Pierce, Warren Green, Rick
Rick Hall, Malcolm Davis and Vic Fusco for inspiring him to stick to radio by
"Well since you're no good at anything else Rob...."
Scott and Muriel's 'gofer' at WBAB in 1968 thru 70, as well
as held the Saturday overnights into Sunday slot. After leaving WBAB,
went to Ithaca College to study radio/TV/film. Later, Muriel hooked him up
with a job in Houston working for her friends that owned High Society magazine.
Between 1979-85, Ed did a stint in the film biz and worked in the
micro-computer biz. He later moved on to work in the nightclub biz for
years including the Palladium from 1985-88. Ed has been in Ft. Lauderdale
since 1997 working in the hotel/club biz for the past 15 years. Today,
Ed manages a newly re-modeled hotel near Calder Race Track.
Tom's still working in radio as Program
Director at WGBB. Originally located
in Freeport, WGBB had recently moved their studio facilities into the original
WBAB/WNYG building. To quote Tom: "I felt right at home when I
returned!" Tom also produced
Mickey B's. Juke Box Revue.
Frank is an Audio Technician for Universal Studios theme park
in Orlando Florida.
A licensed ham radio operator (WA2IAH), Frank still enjoys
keeping a hand in
commercial radio. Frank's past radio credits include: Chief Engineer
for WLNG, as well as working at WQXI in Atlanta.
After WNYG, Chip worked at WNBZ/WSLK in Saranac Lake,
Chip is currently a TV Camera Operator and does on-air time at WCKM in Glens
Last heard Paul on B-103 (WBZO).
Donna played a big part in creating the WALK
She can still be heard on WALK 97.5 FM as part of the morning show.
Mike is noted for bringing back that
"50's" wall of sound to WNYG's
air chain during the court
trustee period. Mike worked full time
for Sports Radio 66 WFAN, and as Chief Engineer for
WCBS FM in
New York City. Mike currently works for Wheatstone Corporation in
After WNYG, Tom moved on to WRIV and later to Barnstable's WRCN and WMJC.
Bob's engineering credits
include NBC (local/network TV & Radio),
ABC (local/network TV & Radio), WINS, WMCA, WOR, WQEW,
WRKS (KISS-FM) & RKO/UNISTAR Radio Network. Producer credits include:
Rush Limbaugh Program
(ABC Radio), Joe Franklin's Memory Lane (WOR),
Solid Gold Saturday Night (RKO/UNISTAR), Norm N. Nite's U.S.
Hall Of Fame (RKO/UNISTAR), Dick Clark's Countdown America
& NewsTalk New York (WABC). Bob also served as Technical Producer for
Bloomberg Radio (WBBR).
Rick remained in radio as a consulting engineer
doing contract work on the side
for different stations including WRCN, WCWP, WNYG and WPBX. In the early
80's, and for a brief period, Rick was the Chief Engineer at WGBB, and
served as the Chief Engineer at WXBA 88.1 FM in Brentwood. After a long
in the airline industry, Rick and his family relocated
Today, Rick works part time for 1450 WWJB
Radio in Brooksville,
and is a contract engineer for 99.9 FM WXJB
Noted for his Beatles show on WHPC 90.3
on Friday nights, Rob is still doing 2
radio shows, both on 90.3 FM WHPC Garden City, New York and streaming at
www.ncc.edu/whpc: "Beatlesongs" Fridays
8pm - 11pm, plus "The Free For All"
Sundays 10am - 12noon. Rob is also doing a podcast called "The Fab
which is a Beatles talk show on the Internet that recently celebrated it's 100th
episode in December 2011:
http://www.fabfourum.com. Rob also works at
AMC Network Communications.
Part of the WNYG trustee staff in
the Spring of 2000, John moved
on to WRIV and WLIM. John is also a contract engineer for WFTU
and had remained involved with WNYG doing various jobs until it was
finally turned off.
Last heard, Mike is living in Minnesota.
Neil moved on to News 12 Long Island and is
Last heard, Bruce worked at One-On-One Sports Radio Network, but
has since moved on to
Fox Sports Radio doing weekends.
Last heard, Andy is a freelance Sports Reporter in New York City.
Originally from WALK 97.5 FM, Frank
worked as the News Director
at Barnstable's WHLI. Frank also worked at WKJY and WBZO (B-103).
John Bohannon's broadcasting career includes more than twenty years
as a network
radio news anchorman at ABC (1967-1972), NBC (1972-1977),
CBS (1977-1982), NBC
(1982-1989). At NBC in the early 70s, John was
a Staff Anchor on
"Monitor" and also a newsman with Imus at WNBC.
His CBS tour included many TV news assignments. He was also a staff
DJ/Newsman at WNEW-AM,
and a news anchor at WLIW-TV (1990-1991).
On Long Island, he was a music
personality from 1959-1965 at WBAB, WGBB
and WGSM. From 1965-1967 he was a
music host and news anchor
at WPIX-FM in New York City.
Moved on to work at WLIX in
the early 80's, Lloyd is
now on K-LOVE http://www.klove.com.
You can read more about
Lloyd's K-Love Bio by visiting:
Last heard, Chris does a weekly
show on WCWP FM C.W. Post.
Hall, Billy Andres, Alan Duke, Mike Jeffries, Michael (Barry) Neal, Lynne Sinan,
Ivars Embrekts, Jim Pierce, Ken Lamb, John Bohannon,
Eddie Dee, Larry Freed, Dennis Falcone, Chip Ordway, Jack Nolan, Bobby
Fester, Don Rosen, Harry Hepcat, Roy Whitfield, Steve Elliot, Fred Porter,
Peter S. Cane, Joe Ram, Frank Foglia, Dave (Glick)
Schwartz, Bob Gleason, Loretta
Frost, Marnie Weeks,
Wally Walters, Rob Leonard and Mike Erickson.
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to openly contribute to this site and remains active in commercial radio
broadcasting. Special credit is also extended to Chip
Ordway for taking the time to search and re-locate the above information,
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