The New Jersey Radio Museum

Preserving New Jersey Radio History

NJRM co-founder and General Secretary George Laurie

Posted by njrm on September 20, 2014

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We are greatly saddened to report on the death of NJRM co-founder and General Secretary George Laurie.

George C. Laurie passed away in Dover on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. He was 69 years old.George is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lynn E. (Acker) Laurie of Dover, NJ. He is also survived by his children, Sean Conrad Laurie of Dover, and Blair Alyssa Laurie of NY City. His brothers, Frank Laurie of Lake Hopatcong, and Robert Laurie of Randolph also survive him.Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Ave, Denville, NJ 07834. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park in East Hanover. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dover Area Historical Society, P.O.Box 609 Dover, NJ 07802. Please light a candle in his memory at www.normandean.com

This website is dedicated to George and the sidebars have gone black in his honor.  Our heartfelt prayers to George’s family and friends.

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WANTED

Posted by njrm on August 30, 2013

WANTED!

Vintage photographs and stories of

New Jersey Radio!

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Do you have archives of old photographs or vintage postcards? Are you knowledgeable about this unique aspect of New Jersey’s history? Would you like to help preserve your state’s fascinating history?

State resident Rich Phoenix and President of the New Jersey Radio Museum is currently compiling a photographic history of New Jersey Radio and is looking for your help!

He is assembling historic images of New Jersey Radio’s history and the stories that go with them to include in an upcoming book to be published by Arcadia Publishing, the nation’s leading publisher of local and regional history.

To share your photographs and stories, please contact Rich Phoenix at  rcquetzal58@att.net by December 15, 2013.

Help keep local history alive!

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Passing of Minnie Phoenix, NJRM President’s Mother

Posted by njrm on March 26, 2013

I’m greatly saddened to report the passing of my Mom, Minnie Phoenix who joined my Dad in Heaven this morning (25 March) at 10:15 a.m. Mother lived in Watchung, New Jersey, a town neighbouring North Plainfield where I’m the Borough Clerk. My Dad passed in 2002. Carla and I moved Mother to North Plainfield in 2003. Arrangements will be local and are pending. We anticipate placing her obituary in The Star Ledger and the Courier-News. Your prayers for us will be greatly appreciated. Pictures, here, including both my Mom and Dad, were chosen on purpose as, in life, they were so loving and inseparable. Thanks in advance for your caring and support – Rich Phoenix, NJRM President
Photo: I'm greatly saddened to report the passing of my Mom, Minnie Phoenix who joined my Dad in Heaven this morning at 10:15 a.m.  Mother lived in Watchung, New Jersey, a town neighbouring North Plainfield where I'm the Borough Clerk.  My Dad passed in 2002.  Carla and I moved Mother to North Plainfield in 2003.  Arrangements will be local and are pending.  We anticipate placing her obituary in The Star Ledger and the Courier-News.  Your prayers for us will be greatly appreciated.  Pictures, here, including both my Mom and Dad, were chosen on purpose as, in life, they were so loving and inseparable.  Thanks in advance for your caring and support.
[NJRM sends our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to our president and friend Rich and his family]

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Dick Miller

Posted by njrm on January 31, 2013

I am greatly saddened to share the passing of a great New Jersey broadcaster who graced the airwaves of WMTR and WRAN as well as many other stations and media over the years.  

Dick Miller was a tremendously talented and engaging writer and raconteur with a joke to fit positively any situation.  I am certain that as I write, Dick has the angels falling off the clouds with laughter.  I will never forget our hours of “black line fever” on the phone trying to out-do each other, and his deep encouragement for NJRM and my continued internet radio ventures.  I will never forget his unstoppable laughter at our NJRM benefit show featuring Uncle Floyd.  Dick will be sadly missed by all broadcasters appreciative of real talent and, most of all, by his wonderful family.  For all wishing further details about our great, talented friend, please go to:  http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Richard-Miller&lc=4028&pid=162747486&mid=5403274&locale=en-US 

Rich Phoenix, RMC
President, NJ Radio Museum

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Heard Underground, in Your Dreams

Posted by njrm on March 9, 2012

Fascinating story of hard working NJ/NYC Broadcaster, and NJRM fan, Bernie Wagenblast,  who widened his talents to become something beyond the typical broadcaster.    If you have ever been on the NYC subway, you have heard him!  Check out the NY Times article.

There was a time when subway announcements sounded like this: “Gxxrschhh krrtzzz … Borough Hall … pbbbftttz qmmm … suspended … haargggrm.” It was hard to tell whose voice that was. Or even if it was human.

Now subway announcements sound like this: “There is … an uptown … local … 1 … train … to Van Cortlandt Park-242nd Street.” The voice is instantly recognizable on any numbered line but the No. 7. It is a chipper, crisp, slightly plummy tenor belonging to Bernie Wagenblast... (to continue reading, click the link below to get to NY Times article).

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/your-fantasy-subway-announcements/

WTG Bernie!

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Dick Miller

Posted by njrm on January 22, 2012

IN NEED OF YOUR PRAYERS – not me, but my old friend Dick Miller – EX-WRAN/Ex-WMTR. US Navy Vet. Dick suffered a stroke in his sleep on Tuesday night, 17 January 2012. He is now at Dover General and next stop will be Kessler Rehab in West Orange, according to his loving wife, Patsy. Dick is radio and humour through and through. The man needs your prayers to recover fully! Thank you!

Rich Phoenix, RMC, NJRM Prez/AlbumZone Programme Presenter/North Plainfield Borough Clerk

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NJRM live on WFMU 91.1FM

Posted by njrm on August 4, 2011

Dover (Morris County’s) New Jersey Radio Museum is pleased to announce its appearance on WFMU’s Seven Second Delay live from the UCB Theatre, just ’round the corner from Gristedes on West 26th Street and 8th Avenue in New York City. This special appearance was precipitated by the recognition that Seven Second Delay featuring Andy Breckman and Ken Freedman is now completing an unbroken twenty-year run on WFMU, meaning that it survived a major change in ownership of the station, the demise of Upsala College, Y2K and even the fearsome 21st Century itself. Present for the live broadcast which will be heard Wednesday evening, August 10th at 6:00 p.m. EDT, 2200 hrs. UTC and 2300 hrs. BST will be New Jersey Radio Museum South Jersey Vice President Big Jay Sorensen whom listeners will recognize from New York’s WCBS-FM as well as New Jersey Radio Museum President and AlbumZone Programme Presenter Rich Phoenix. Seven Second Delay’s remarkable run has qualified them for the NJRM Honorary Longevity Award which will be presented to Andy and Ken by Rich and Jay on Wednesday evening, August 10th. The show will be heard locally on 91.1 mhz. from Jersey City, New Jersey and worldwide via the web in multiple compatible audio formats at http://www.wfmu.org

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Big Jay interview #1 – WHWH’s Herb Hobler

Posted by njrm on May 18, 2011

Now up on NJRM.org, on our “Sounds of New Jersey” page, a very interesting interview of WHWH (1350 Princeton) co-founder Herb Hobler. Conducted by Big Jay Sorensen and Charles Blanding, Herb discusses NJ radio, his foray into WHWH, his ownership of WPST and cable franchises.

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NJRM’s Frank Cipolla’s “It Shocked Even Us!”

Posted by njrm on April 19, 2011

“IT SHOCKED EVEN US!”

AND MORE CRAZY STORIES COVERING LOCAL NEWS

BY FRANK CIPOLLA

Veteran news broadcaster Frank Cipolla parts the curtains to reveal all the behind the scenes shenanigans in your local TV newsroom in his new book

“It Shocked Even Us!”

Frank recounts the wonderful journey from his early days in small market radio to realizing his dream as a local TV news reporter and anchor in the nation’s largest market. Along the way he works beside all the great radio, TV and news personalities of the day including Don Imus, Alan Colmes, Howard Stern, Rolland Smith, Soupy Sales, Doctor Frank Field and many, many more.

He also encounters the famous and the not so famous celebrities while being exposed to the news media’s oversized egos, laughable station owners and a collection of friends he could only dream of knowing.

“It Shocked Even Us!” is a funny and touching romp through the local TV news kitchen where the sausage is made.

A portion of the proceeds from “It Shocked Even Us!” will also go to the ‘Broadcasters Foundation of America’ which provides financial help to broadcasters in need because of critical illness, advanced age, accident or other serious misfortune.

Frank’s book is available May15 with a promotional tour to follow including appearances on WNBC-TV, Fox Radio, “Better Connecticut”, WTNH-TV, WCTC-AM, WRNJ-AM and other TV and radio stations around the country.

Even though it will be officially launched May 15th – you can buy it now!

Click “Buy Now” for purchase.

Buy it now on Lulu


For a promotional copy and to book Frank call Contacts Media

908-670-9500

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Frank Cipolla is an award winning news broadcaster who has been seen and heard on major market and network TV and radio for more than 30 years – most recently as an anchor and reporter at Channel 9 in NYC. Frank is currently an anchor at the Wall Street Journal Radio Network and is heard on more than 300 stations coast to coast. He lives in New Jersey with his wife.

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New Jersey Radio Oral/Aural History Project

Posted by njrm on January 16, 2011

New Jersey Radio Museum (NJRM) has identified a unique, unprecedented project applying directly to the Garden State and its radio history — A New Jersey Radio Oral/Aural History.

Following the trend of families recording their elders’ narratives of family history, NJRM representatives are now reaching out to record one-on-one interviews with the individuals who have made their mark in New Jersey radio as presenters (air personalities), newscasters, practitioners, technicians, developers of successful stations, as inventors or theorists whose ideas resulted in on-air programming that broke new ground or simply uniquely served the audience in the public interest, convenience or necessity.

These recorded interviews will be archived with a growing library of airchecks of historic New Jersey radio events. The interviews and airchecks will become available on-line and at NJRM’s Dover headquarters at a future date.

NJRM professionals are now reaching out to colleagues and individuals to expedite Aural/Oral History interviews. Those wishing to become involved with the project as interviewees or to recommend specific individuals are encouraged to contact us and will be granted the ability to post.

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