Personalities

Norman Worth

President & GM

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Worth is the President & General Manager of WRNJ Radio. Worth also leads the stations sales department. Starting from the newsroom Worth made a name for him self within the radio industry and local community. From rotary clubs to boards of education, he does it all.

Curtis Mack

Social Media Manager & Salesman

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A social entrepreneur & a certified teacher in NJ, Mack comes from a family of 14 & maintains a career as a Marketing Specialist / Salesman. Marketing was not always his passion. Mack graduated from Centenary University ’16 with B.A. in Sociology and Business Management – while taking creative courses such as Drawing & Poetry. Art has always been an interest for Mack; from political cartoons to graphic designs. Mack was the political cartoonist for Centenary University 2015-2016.

Mack also hosts a Podcast highlighting talent on the East Coast particularly to help spread the word of up and coming talent in NJ.

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Morning Mike

The Morning Program:  Weekdays, 5:30 – 10:00 a.m.

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Mike Galley’s broadcasting career began on the campus stations at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. After graduation, part-time air shifts at WCHR-FM in Trenton, and WBRW in Somerville coupled with substitute teaching kept Mike busy. He then moved on to WTTR in Westminster, Md., where he eventually became Program Director.Mike moved into television advertising sales and commercial production with Cable AdNet in southeastern Pennsylvania, and Channel 69 TV. Along with independent commercial voice-over production, he also did some work for WFMZ and WHOL in Allentown. For the past twenty years, Mike has been the Communications Director for Liebenzell USA, an international Christian mission in Schooley’s Mountain. However, the lure of live radio has called once again, and Mike joined the staff of WRNJ in February, 2014.

Joyce Estey

News Direct:  Weekdays, 6:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Newsline:  Thursdays, 10:05 – 11:00 a.m.

Educationally Speaking: Every third Wednesday of the month, 10:05 – 11:00 a.m.

The Local Impact:  The first Wednesday of every month, 10:05 – 11:00 a.m.

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Joyce Estey really loves her work.  Estey came on-board as the WRNJ News Director nearly 2 decades ago.  Since then she’s come to know a lot about the area, the people and their needs. Twice a year she coordinates political forums, to keep her listeners informed before they head out to the polls.  Prior to joining WRNJ, Estey spent four years as the News Director at WSUS and interned at WNNJ, both in Sussex County.  Estey’s off-air time is filled with family and friends. She’s a wife and mother of 3, an active member of her church, an avid reader & one of her recent accomplishments restoring a nearly 100 year old home. For four years Estey taught as an adjunct professor at Warren County Community College, instructing students on the various aspects of radio broadcasting. Estey believes in daily exercise, her current regimen involves walking, a benefit to body and mind. Email Joyce at jestey@wrnj.com. She’d love to hear from you!

Chuck Reiger

Program Director/ Producer

Middays w/ Chuck Reiger:  Weekdays 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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WRNJ’s Program Director, Chuck Reiger was born and raised in Phillipsburg, NJ and has been in Warren County radio since the early 70’s.  He began his radio career as a weekend on-air personality at WCRV in Washington, NJ and quickly moved up as Program Director.  He was also Program Director, on two different occasions, at WFMV in Blairstown, NJ.  In between, he spent a few years at WEST & WLEV in Easton, PA.  Finally, he found a comfortable home right here at WRNJ.

Russ Long

Take The Long Way Home:  Weekdays, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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Russ Long’s broadcasting career began while he was in fourth grade at St. John’s School back home in Brunswick, ME.  After college, he hit the road working at radio stations in Lewiston, ME, St. Johnsbury, VT and Fitchburg, MA.  He then made stops in Iceland, Germany and Turkey as a member of the American Forces Radio & Television Service before moving to New Jersey.  Russ was part of the original team that put WRNJ on the air on August 26th, 1976.  Since then he has owned and managed radio stations in Blairstown and in Hazleton, PA.

After twenty years back in Hackettstown hosting The Morning Program on WRNJ, Russ ‘retired’ in 2009 and returned to Maine to enjoy life in the Pine Tree State and to co-anchor Midcoast Maine Mornings on a then soon-to-be-launched radio station in his hometown.  When the launch date encountered a number of lengthy delays and the opportunity to host The Long Way Home became available, he jumped at the chance.

Dozens of local and regional charitable agencies and civic organizations have honored Russ for his dedication to community service during his nearly 40 years on the air.  Russ is married to Sandra and they have one daughter, Michelle, a Lt. with the Washington DC Metro Police. Email Russ at rlong@wrnj.com.

Tom O’Halloren

Afternoon News:  Weekdays, 12:00 Noon –  7:00 p.m.

Inside Centenary:  Every other Tuesday, 10:05 – 11:00 a.m.

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Tom O’Halloren has worked for the past five years to provide area residents local news that cannot be found on any other station.  In his role as Host of Inside Centenary, Tom covers the latest at the University with a focus on informing prospective students and their parents. Off the air, Tom enjoys backpacking along the trails of Northwest New Jersey, while producing and hosting a comedy podcast catered to Science Fiction fans.

 

Dave KelberDave Kelber

The Saturday Edition of The Morning Program: 6:00 – 10:00 a.m.

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Dave Kelber has been with WRNJ for over 25 years as a show host and newscaster. He began his broadcasting career fresh out of college at an FM station in

Cape May, New Jersey. Kelber enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the Army Pictorial Center in New York City as a Motion Picture Production Officer. While there he produced and narrated training films for the Armed Forces. After Military service Kelber worked as Operations Manager at WHTG- AM and FM, in Eatontown, New Jersey, before moving to Flemington, New Jersey as a teacher and Director of Broadcasting at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. He has worked at WVCH, Chester, Pa., WEST/WLEV in Easton, Pa., and WCRV, Washington, New Jersey. Now, semi-retired, Kelber is a professional photographer/videographer.

 

jay-edwards-wrnjJay Edwards

The Jay Edwards Program:  Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

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     Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker.  His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.  

Jay has been hosting his Saturday program here at WRNJ since Feb 2013.  You just never know what this guy will come up with as a topic for his online poll of the week.

Lisa Dimicili

Healthier Living 10 -11 a.m.                                                              

Lisa is Manager of Community and Donor Relations in the Foundation for Hackettstown Medical Center and is a proud, fourth generation Hackettstownian.
Although she’s on the business side of healthcare and not a licensed medical professional, Lisa did serve as a candy striper at Hackettstown Community Hospital back in the late 70’s and, thanks to a nasty tumble from a backyard swing set, she was one of the HCH Emergency Room’s first patients in the early months after the hospital first opened in 1973.
A mom of a college-aged son and daughter, Lisa is active as a volunteer on the board of the Hackettstown Business Improvement District and is a member of the Hackettstown Rotary Club.
While co-hosting with Jim is Lisa’s first foray into the world of radio, she grew up with WRNJ and thanks the large extended family of this great local station for providing many fond memories over the years!

Jim Furgeson

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The Chief Development Officer with the Foundation for Hackettstown Medical Center.Although hospital fundraising is a passion for Jim, for many years, radio was his day job as a marketing and promotions guy in New York City, New England and New Jersey. He was intimately involved with the launch of legendary New York City radio station, WKTU, where he was the recipient of the Billboard Radio Award for Marketing Director of the Year.

Giving back to our community is important for Jim. He is on the Board of Directors for Pass-It-Along, an organization dedicated to building teen leaders. Jim has also served on the Board of Directors for United Way of Northern NJ and remains a United Way volunteer. Jim lives locally with his wife Christina and their three children – Nicholas, Katrina and Shannon.

Rob Jennings

Rob Jennings @ Large – Wednesday – Once a month, 10-11am

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Rob Jennings is a reporter for NJ.com / The Star-Ledger. His work has appeared in USA Today, Runner’s World, NJ Spotlight and the New Jersey Herald.

An avid runner and three-time New York City Marathon finisher, Rob can be found training on the many scenic trails in northwest Jersey.

He is married with two children.

Chuck Haytaian

The Local Impact:  The first Wednesday of every month, 10:05 – 11:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Former NJ assembly speaker and freeholder Co-Hosts Local impact with Joyce Estey. Topics such as local government, politics and municipal issues are discussed. Haytaian  used to host chatting with chuck here on Northwest Jersey’s Own!

Bob Giordano

The Local Impact:  The first Wednesday of every month, 10:05 – 11:00 a.m.

Robert Giordano is a the mayor of independence Twp. and has lived in the area for the last 40 plus years. Giordano Co-Hosts WRNJ’s Local Impact with Joyce Estey and Chuck Hightian to shed light on municipalities and there involvement with their communities.

Giordano has a background in court room reporting, business, and is involved in a plethora of local organizations that benefit the local citizens.

 

 

Dr William “Will” Austin

Co Host: Educationally Speaking: Every third Wednesday of the month, 10:05 – 11:00 a.m.

Served as Warren County Community College’s president since 2003, when at the age of 33 he was appointed as NJ’s youngest president.

As president of Warren County Community College, Dr. Austin managed a 120% growth in enrollment, advancing enrollment and improving graduation outcomes for eight consecutive years. WCCC has been twice recognized as one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country by Community College Week. He has initiated new campus construction leading to the doubling of the physical campus space; and has ended every fiscal year at WCCC with a revenue surplus.

He has led the development of new academic programs, including the first new nursing program in the state of New Jersey in over two decades and the nationally acclaimed veterans program known as VIPER which has been featured and endorsed in media as diversified as WRNJ, FOX NEWS and PBS.

During his tenure as a pre-presidential leader and as part of his dissertation at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Austin developed a new strategic planning process, detailed in his book, Strategic Planning for Smart Leadership that remains in print, is enjoying a second edition, and has been used continuously as a text in graduate schools throughout the nation for well over a decade. He is co-author of the book, Dollars & Sense: A Guide to Financial Security designed for students to understand and master the complex world of personal financial management for which he has appeared on television to promote and discuss.

Additionally, Dr. Austin has authored higher education related works, such as: “The Provost & President: When Things Don’t Go Well – Four Clues” in The Provost’s Handbook (2015, Johns Hopkins University Press); & “State of Successions” (Community College Journal, 2015). He has also presented at numerous national and regional conferences of community college administrators and trustees on presidential contracts, presidential searches, remedial education renewal, veterans programs, the role of the faculty of the future, the community college Baccalaureate, & media crisis management.

Dr. Austin has been a publicly elected school board president for a comprehensive pre-K-12 district that faced tremendous obstacles in light of a redistricting. Dr. Austin has been awarded the Mallinckrodt Baker Silver Tray award for volunteerism, the “Good Scout” award from the Boy Scouts, the Warren-Sussex County NAACP President’s Award, and the American Association of University Administrators McInnis/Ryan Award for Mid-Career Higher Education Leadership among others.

Dr. Austin currently serves as the national Immediate Past Chair of the American Association of Community Colleges’ President’s Academy Executive Committee – the nation’s premier organization for community college presidential professional development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Dr. Austin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University (MD), a Master’s degree from Temple University (PA) and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University (FL).

Dr. Frank Fowler

Let’s Talk About It:  Mondays, 10:05 – 11:00 a.m.

 

 

Reverend Dr. Frank Fowler is the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Hackettstown.  He is a native of Hackettstown and he and his wife Karen have 5 daughters.  Rev. Fowler has been hosting “Let’s Talk About It” for more than 15 years.  He views the show as a ‘community outreach service, offering listeners a chance to hear about some of the important human, community, social and personal issues that face us all.’  Each week a different guests talks with him about one of those issues.  Guests include community leaders, national authors, social service professionals, pastors and a variety of other voices that help us think more deeply at what it means to be human.

Just Jazz

Jazz Bob (Bob Bernotas)

Just Jazz – featuring The Sinatra Hour:  Sundays 10AM – 1PM

A widely published jazz journalist and a respected jazz historian and lecturer. Bob’s profiles, interviews, and reviews have appeared in numerous print and internet publications and he has written liner notes for over sixty jazz CDs. He is the author of Top Brass: Interviews and Master Classes with Jazz’s Leading Brass PlayersReed All About It: Interviews and Master Classes with Jazz’s Leading Reed Players, and Branford Marsalis: Jazz Musician.

In September 2003 Bob debuted his weekly program, Just Jazz, which from November 2004 to October 2015 was heard over 91.9 WNTI in Hackettstown, NJ, and worldwide on the internet. He also was the host of WNTI’s On the Dance Floor and The Sinatra Hour. In November 2015 he joined WRNJ, hosting a three-hour show, Just Jazz…featuring The Sinatra Hour, Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (For updates on upcoming features and  special programs, subscribe to Bob’s monthly “Just Jazz e-Newsletter” at bob@jazzbob.com.)

In January 2014 Bob began teaching “Jazz Appreciation,” a jazz history and listening course for non-music majors, at Rutgers University.