While it has become customary to celebrate birthdays for an entire weekend or even a whole week, CBS-FM officially celebrates 40 years on the New York airwaves on Saturday, July 7th. Radio great and CBS-FM alum Cousin Brucie got us rolling last night when he took the airwaves from 6pm-9pm and the party continues today with live broadcasts and classic air checks from some of your all-time favorite jocks.
Harry Harrison joined CBS-FM in 1980 and manned the morning show slot until 2003. The morning show included a great cast of characters with Morning Crew engineer Al Vertucci, Phil Pepe on sports, Mr. G bringing you the weather, Mary Jane Royce, and Sue Evans. Each morning at 7:20, Harrison would announce listener and celebrity birthdays with his “Birthday Book.”
Harrison received the honor of having his own day in New York City when on April 25, 1997, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani issued a proclamation naming that day “Harry Harrison Day” in honor of the city’s second “Mayor.”
Classic Harrison air checks can be heard on Saturday (June 7) from 8am to 9am in the morning, waking up the tri-state area like he did on CBS-FM for over twenty years.
Ron Lundy came to CBS-FM in 1984, joining longtime colleague Harry Harrison. Former program director Joe McCoy stated the station created a special midday shift for Lundy, reducing others from four hours to three.
Lundy was awarded the BronzeWorld Medal at the New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards for the “best local personality” in 1997 and utilized characters like “Willard” (himself), “Mama” (voice of engineer Al Vertucci) and “Bubba” (voice of production director Bob Sagendorf).
Lundy would retire from CBS-FM on September 18, 1997 after nearly forty years on the air. He would pass away from a heart attack on March 15, 2010 in Oxford, Mississippi.
You’ll hear some classic Ron Lundy air checks during midday this Saturday from 11am – Noon.
Saturday will be full of classic air checks from Harrison, Lundy, and Bill Brown plus LIVE broadcasts from Dandy Dan Daniel, Joe McCoy and many more! Check out Saturday’s full lineup for our 40th Anniversary below:
- Midnight-3am: Charlie B. Smith (LIVE)
- 3am-6am: Lenny Bloch (LIVE)
- 6am-8am: Mike Fitzgerald (LIVE)
- 8am-9am: Harry Harrison
- 9am-11am: Randy Davis (LIVE)
- 11am-Noon: Ron Lundy
- Noon-2pm: Dandy Dan Daniel (LIVE)
- 2pm-3pm: Bill Brown
- 3pm-5pm: Joe Mccoy (LIVE)
- 5pm-6pm: Dick Heatherton
- 6pm-8pm: Top 5 – July 7th, 1972 With Norm N. Nite (LIVE)
- 8pm-9pm: Jack Spector
- 9pm-Midnight: Jukebox Saturday Night With Bobby Jay (LIVE)
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