The New Jersey Radio Museum

Preserving New Jersey Radio History

Posted by njrm on January 30, 2015

For all of you kind friends of the NJ Radio Museum who have dialed up http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk, I must say that you were treated to a couple of hours of a fellow AlbumZone Programme Presenter entertaining you in my stead. As I alluded above, on-line international radio which makes very pleasant listening presents its own logistical challenge, and is often a juggling act. In this case, my producer, friend, AlbumZone Founder and “Guvnah,” Johnny Reece encountered transmission problems between New Jersey and London in our efforts to produce a new and exciting “Flight of the Phoenix” for our mutual listening pleasure. What with the 5-hour time difference between NJ and the UK, we were further hampered in making the deadline for tonight’s webcast. You are being treated to the voice of Johnny Reece, himself, who was my entre to the wonderful world of AlbumZone better than 15 years ago. Johnny is an air personality of exceedingly deep musical knowledge of many genres and has communication skills the likes of which are rarely experienced elsewhere on the web or in terrestrial radio of the 21st century. My first experience in hearing Johnny Reece on the radio pre-dated web radio when the BBC and Merlin Network One in the UK sub-contracted him and AlbumZone to supply programming to the BBC shortwave transmitters girdling the globe. Through the crackling and selective fading which frequently plagues shortwave broadcasting, the voice of Johnny Reece and the AlbumZone rang true for me, a radio aficionado who felt that he had heard it all until that moment some 17 years ago, when a great talent presented himself to this New Jersey-based shortwave listener. They were “live” from London with multiple megawatts of terrestrial radio power – wow! Next step was a transatlantic phone call from our front porch, for it was a warm weather time of year – a lovely New Jersey evening. An immediate friendship was formed, I sent an aircheck of a 1971-vintage Flight of the Phoenix, and was invited to join the remarkable individuals comprising http://www.albumzone.co.uk. That’s where to go if you wish further information on our unique radio enterprise. The AlbumZone podcast may be found at http://www.mixlcoud.com/thealbumzone if you would wish to experience some historic programming of the past few years, including a good sampling of several AlbumZone talents, myself included as well as a selection of several ground-breaking “live” shows that cut through the 5-hour time differential and, via Skype, linked us all in a roundtable music fest and mutual music trivia contest. Radio Caroline is our very latest 21st century affiliate of the AlbumZone. They have been pioneering alternative free radio for over 50 years, now, going back to several incarnations of shipboard, offshore radio. In the meanwhile, enjoy and thanks for listening! … Rock ON! Rich Phoenix, RMC – NJRM President.

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NEW JERSEY RADIO MUSEUM PRESIDENT APPEARS ON RADIO CAROLINE

Posted by njrm on January 30, 2015

I’m pleased to report that your NJRM President, Rich Phoenix, will be heard as an AlbumZone Programme Presenter at http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk at 9:00 p.m. eastern time on Friday evening, 30 January 2015.

This is the renowned England-based Radio Caroline on which the popular feature film “The Boat that Rocked” also known as “Pirate Radio” was based. Caroline was named by its founders after Caroline Kennedy to represent free radio for the new generation of the mid-’60s when most British radio eschewed the music of the popular “Invasion” groups that dominated the Stateside airwaves of the time.

Caroline was amongst a group of “pirate stations” that set up shipboard radio operations in international waters and aimed and tailored their programming at the British Isles and the Continent. British lawmakers developed legislation meant to sink the “pirates,” Caroline included, but the operators of Caroline and many other such stations resourcefully found their way around the regulations and continued broadcasting for years.

This generation of Caroline consists of many of the original shipboard air personalities from those times, and broadcasts are originated ‘round the clock in full stereo via the internet. Of the many on-line webcasters, Caroline maintains multiple robust streams receivable on many devices via a wide range of internet connections, from dial-up to all broadband services.

Rich Phoenix, NJRM President, has been a fan of free radio for years, and originally signed on years ago with The AlbumZone, an on-line programme supplier/station operated by Johnny Reece from studios in London. AlbumZone has enjoyed a colourful history, originating broadcasts heard via stations in the US, France, Slovakia and Radio Caroline, itself, amongst others.

AlbumZone’s recent history has included live on-line webcasts featuring programme hosts from the UK, Scandinavia and New Jersey with Phoenix, himself, serving as a Programme Host, live from New Jersey. These unique live on-line programmes have been met with great enthusiasm from the four corners of the world.

Phoenix, NJRM President, maintains that these special live broadcasts represent 21st century radio at its logical next incarnation, involving an international audience tuned in simultaneously to multiple internet platforms and servers, including the popular http://www.TuneIn.com which carries countless independent, “free” and government-operated radio stations as diverse as many terrestrial American stations, the BBC, the Voice of Russia (now known as Sputnik Radio) and Radio Caroline itself. TuneIn is accessible via home computers, iPhones and SmartPhones worldwide. AlbumZone also maintains its own website:  http://www.albumzone.co.uk by which its archive server can be accessed ‘round the clock and a separate podcast site: http://www.mixcloud.com/thealbumzone

Following Friday’s pioneering Radio Caroline webcast, the broadcast will be available on demand at the Mixcloud website. Happy listening, all – and thanks to AlbumZone and Radio Caroline for your belief in a Yank from New Jersey and the New Jersey Radio Museum!

Rock On!

Rich Phoenix, RMC
NJRM President

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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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