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Where Are They Now?

 

Important WLIR Personalities - Where are they now? (from Wikipedia)

WLIR was blessed with many personalities who have gone onto become broadcasting legends both on and off the air. Some of these include:

 

  • Abel Sanchez (now on-air at WSPK-FM, Poughkeepsie, NY and PULSE87NY.com)
  • AJ (Mistress of Modern Rock)
  • Alex "Alley Cat" Anthony (now public address announcer for New York Mets)
  • Amy Paige (now on-air at WSIX-FM, Nashville, TN)
  • Andre "The Dre Dog" Ferro (now on-air at WBLI-FM, Patchogue, NY)
  • Armin Laszlo (overnight jock in the late 1970s)
  • Barry (Ravioli) Carollo (now owner of ADCstudios & Audio Digital Communications)
  • Basic Bob ("The Van Man") (WLIR Vinyl Van driver in the early 1980s)
  • Beaver Kowalski (DeBella Travesty sports reporter)
  • Ben Manilla (now President of Ben Manilla Productions)
  • Bernardo Moronta (now on-air at WXNY-FM "X96.3", NY)
  • Berner (on the beach) (Dennis Boerner, music industry professional)
  • Bill Holly ("All Request Morning Show" and Modern Rock Dance Party producer)
  • Bill Powers (now on-air at WRCN-FM, Riverhead, NY and traffic reporter at Metro Traffic - aka Nick Benjamin, Chuck Hesselberg and Dan Story)
  • Bob ("The Mighty") Waugh (now on-air and program director at WRNR-FM, Annapolis, MD)
  • Bob Kranes (now Senior Director Marketing at The Decca Label Group/Universal Music)
  • Bob Marrone (now on-air at WRKI-FM, Brookfield, CT and producer of Jazz Stew online)
  • Bob Wilson (now WLIR historian, WLIR internet radio programmer and owner of Next Wave Media)
  • Brian Cosgrove (now on-air at WPPB-FM, Southampton, NY)
  • Carol Silva ("Mini Close-Up/news) (now on-air morning anchor at News-12 Long Island)
  • Caroline Corley (now on-air at WXPK-FM "The Peak", Briarcliff Manor, NY))
  • Catherine ("The Cat") McClenahan (now actor, singer, host and writer in the Los Angeles area)
  • Charlie Ahl (later on-air at WPLJ, WCBS-FM and WHN in NY, host of Westwood One's "Weekly Country Music Countdown" (as Chris Charles), now PD of WBOQ-FM Boston
  • Chris "The Greek" Panaghi (now President of Amathus Music / DJG)
  • Chris (Simmons) Scimone (now on-air at WBZO-FM, Bayshore, NY)
  • Cooper Lawrence (now news reader and entertainment reporter at WPLJ-FM, NY)
  • Couzin Ed (Underground Network) (now manager of "The Irish Pol" bar in Philadelphia, Pa)
  • Dale Reeves (now President of REVOmedia Productions)
  • Dan Binder (now President/CEO Vandalay Communications and PD/OM at Sunrise Broadcasting, Wilmington, NC)
  • Dan Zako (former General Manager - now GSM for WDVD/WDRQ, Detroit, MI)
  • Danny Toy (now General Sales Manager, East Region at Radiate Media)
  • Daredrew
  • Darrin Smith (now Vice President, Music Progamming at Sirius XM Radio, on-air and Program Director at Sirius XM Radio "1st Wave")
  • Dave "DC" Caggiano ("DC's All Night Diner") (died September 8, 2009)
  • Dave Plotkin (former Production Director - now Production Director at CBS Radio/WINS-AM, New York and WLIR.FM)
  • Delphine Blue (now on-air at WBAI-FM, NY)
  • Denis McNamara (now afternoon driver and assistant program director at WRCN-FM, Riverhead, NY - Inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010. In the process of writing his autobiography.) [1]
  • Dennis Daniel
  • Domonique (now on-air at WIGX-FM, Smithtown, NY)
  • Donna Donna (now on air at WBAB-FM, Babylon, NY)
  • Doug Frye
  • Drew Kenyon (morning show 1999–2000) (now owner of Drew Kenyon Productions)
  • Drew Scott (news) (now on-air weekend anchor at News-12 Long Island)
  • Earle Bailey (now on-air at Sirius Radio "Deep Tracks")
  • Ed Zeidner (News Director)
  • Elliot Jacobi
  • Elton Spitzer (now involved in the boat industry in North Carolina)
  • Eric Bloom ("The Bozo Patrol")
  • Eric "Fly Guy" Davis ("Box" program director - now Chief Operating Officer at National Media Services, Inc.)
  • Evan "Funk" Davies (now Director Business & Operations, VH1 Digital at VH1 and on air at WFMU-FM, Jersey City, NJ)
  • Faithful Marianne
  • Famous Bob
  • Flo & Eddie ("By The Fireside")
  • Frank Bruno (now Production Director, Fox News Talk at Fox News Channel)
  • Gary Cee (former program director - now "on the beach")
  • Gene Pardo (morning show announcer)
  • Hank Fredricks (news)
  • Harlan Friedman (now Owner of The Harlan Group and Sports Correspondent at Live It Up!)
  • Heather Schoen (former Public Affairs Director 1971-1974 - now President at Schoen and Company)
  • Hillary Blazer (now owner of Hillary Blazer-Doyle Voiceovers)
  • Howie Greene ("The Greene Team")
  • Hugh Foley (now Dr. Hugh Foley - Professor at Rogers State University, OK)
  • Jed Morey (now publisher of the Long Island Press)
  • Jeff Carlson Beck
  • Jeff Faus (production staff)
  • Jeff Jensen (now traffic reporter at Cablevision)
  • Jeff Levine (former program director) (now President at South Florida Chamber Maps)
  • Jerry Rubino ("Left of Center") (now APD/MD & Producer at Last.fm Discover)
  • Jim Cameron (evenings and operations manager 1972–1975) (now President at Cameron Communications Inc.)
  • Jim McGuinn (now Program Director at KCMP-FM "The Current", Minneapolis, MN)
  • Jimmy Howes (Weekend on-air personality 1989) (now program director at WGHT-AM, Pompton Lakes, NJ)
  • Jodi Vale (now on-air at WKJY-FM "KJOY", Long Island)
  • Joe Bonadonna (now Program Director at WBGG-FM, Miami, FL)
  • Joe Taggart - Morning show (1996–1999) (Now a stand up comic and works on Jerry Seinfeld's show "The Marriage Ref" on NBC as a comic)
  • Joel Moss (former program director in the 1970s progressive era before Denis McNamara; Joined heritage rocker WEBN-FM, Cincinnati in 1984 where he is still Creative Services Director (12/16/11)
  • Joey Salvia (now technical director/creative director for "The Mike Huckabee Show")
  • John "Johnny McFly" Caracciolo (now owner of JVC Media LLC)
  • John ("Don't call me Johnny") DeBella (now morning driver at WMGK-FM, Philadelphia)
  • John Moschitta (now operations manager and program director at WDVE and WXDX in Pittsburgh, PA)
  • John R. Rieger (former owner) Died of natural causes in May 2009 [1]
  • Jon Daniels (now on-air and Program Director at WIGX-FM, Smithtown, NY)
  • Jonathan Lobdell (now Director of Marketing at Metropolitan Talent Presents)
  • Jonathan Clarke Grevatt (now on-air at WAXQ-FM, NY)
  • Kerin McCue (news) (now News Anchor & Reporter at WOR-AM, NY and on-air at WXPK-FM "The Peak", Briarcliff Manor, NY)
  • Kim Berk (now on-air at WWFS-FM "Fresh 102.7", NY)
  • Larry "The Duck" Dunn (now Newsday Sr. Vice President of Advertising Sales and on-air at Sirius Radio "1st Wave")
  • Larry Kleinman
  • Laurie Gail (now Vice President Radio & Label Relations for Play MPE)
  • Lazlow ("The Technofile" and underground hard drive)
  • Lenny "The Intern" Diana (now Program Director at WRZX-FM "X103" and WNDE-AM, Indianapolis, In)
  • Linda Joseph
  • Lisa Ritchie (morning show co-host and News Director 1989-1993) (now traffic reporter at Cablevision and Operations Director at Fitness Education Institute)
  • "Long Tall" Andy Geller (now a national voice over artist - AndyGeller.com)
  • Lorraine Rapp (now president elect at Voice-Overs & Media Production)
  • (John) Loscalzo (now Director of Music at CBS Local (NY) and Founder/Publisher at Brooklyn Bugle Media)
  • Lynda Lopez (now on-air news anchor at WCBS-AM, NY)
  • Malibu Sue (now on-air at WRCN-FM, Riverhead, NY, WWFS-FM, New York, NY and News 12 Traffic & Weather)
  • Maria Chambers (now on-air host of VH1's syndicated "Best Week Radio Show" and host on OURscene.TV)
  • Margaret Locicero (promotions director 1973-1979 - now president of Blame It On Us Marketing & Promotion)
  • Mark "The Shark" Drucker (deceased 2/23/2005)
  • Matt Cord (now evenings on-air at WMMR-FM, Philadelphia)
  • Matt Wolfe (now music director and on-air at WBAB)
  • Max "The Mighty Maximizer" Leinwand (now Director Media Relations/Acquisitions at Retail Entertainment Design)
  • Meg Griffin (now on-air at Sirius Radio "The Loft" and "Classic Rewind")
  • Michael "Eppy" Epstein (Punky reggae party and owner of "My Father's Place")
  • Michael Ross (former part-timer and on air at WPLJ-FM, WSHE-FM, WZTA-FM and WBGG-FM - died January 1, 2000)
  • Michael Tapes (producer Tuesday Night Concert Series - now owner of Michael Tapes Design, Melbourne, Fl)
  • Mike "Kidman" DeFosses (Underground Network Morning Show - now a realtor in Glastonbury, CT)
  • Mike Jones ("the man with a face for radio")
  • Michael R. Glaser (WLIR Hempstead Assistant Chief Engineer)(NBC-TV New York, Now with Barnstable Broadcasting, Long Island Radio Group Engineering Manager / Chief Engineer)
  • Mina Greene ("The Greene Team") (now weekend news anchor at WBZ-AM, Boston)
  • Mindy Barstein owner WXUR-FM AND WRNS-AM in Utica /Rome, NY
  • Morgan "Morgasm" Thomas (now looking for her next broadcasting challenge)
  • Mrs. Gyrtlebaumer (Eric Wasserman)
  • Nancy Abramson (now Executive Director of the Wall Street Journal Radio Network)
  • Orli - The English Muffin
  • Otis Finn (Jim Finnemore)
  • Pam Merly (now on-air at Sirius Radio "Deep Tracks")
  • Pat McCormilla
  • Paul Cavalconte (now news anchor at WEMP-FM, NY and staff announcer at WOR-AM, NY)
  • Paul W Robinson (PD - Mid-days - Founder & CEO Emerald City Media Partners)
  • Pete "Captain Traffic" Tauriello (now traffic reporter at Metro Networks)
  • Peter Schacknow (news) (now senior producer at CNBC)
  • Ray White (now on-air at Classical 102.1 KDFC-FM, San Francisco)
  • Rob Rush (Now on-air at WIGX-FM, Smithtown, NY and production/voiceovers for the Long Island Radio Group)
  • Ron "RJ" Morey (now CEO of the Morey Organization)
  • Russ Mottla (former program director)
  • Scott "DJ" Bird ("sitting in" - now Military Admissions at Kaplin University and owner/editor of Hockeybird.com)
  • Sean "The Brain" Ross (now VP of Music and Programming at Edison Research)
  • Sharon at the Shore (now President/Co-Owner of Trailhead Marketing)
  • Shelley Miller (former music director - now on-air at KTCZ-FM, Minneapolis, MN)
  • Sid Zimet (Audio by Zimet, Workshop Recording Studio - died March 4, 1988)
  • "Smokin" Joe Belsito
  • Spicey McHugh (traffic reporter)
  • Steve "The Pistol" Jones (now VP ABC News Radio)
  • Steve Kass (Kastenbaum) (now New York-based correspondent for CNN Radio)
  • Steve Morrison (now on-air at WMMR-FM, Philadelphia, PA)
  • Steve North ("Mini Close-Up"/News Director) (now Broadcast Writer, CBS Early Show)
  • Steve Reggie (news) (now traffic reporter at Metro Traffic)
  • Steven Starr (volunteer/news volunteer 1974-5) now CEO of CitizenGlobal.com
  • Susan Browning (former Island morning show host - now radio personality at WHUD, Peekskill, NY and Total Traffic Network producer at Clear Channel)
  • Ted Taylor (now new media and artistic director at House of Rock Entertainment)
  • The Unknown DJ
  • "Tokyo" Rose Pisani (former music director) (now SVP Marketing for WE TV & Wedding Central)
  • Tom Calderone (now President of VH1)
  • Tommy "DJ Tarnax" Nappi (now on-air at WKTU-FM, Lake Success, NY and VP/Promotion for Warner Bros. Records)
  • Trulia Child ("Platter D'Jour")
  • Vin Scelsa (now on-air at Sirius Radio "The Loft")
  • Willobee (Carlan) (now Director of Broadcast Operations at Shamrock Communications, Reno, NV)
  • Zim Barstein (former General Manager) (now Sales Manager at Arnold Aerial Advertising in Manhattan)