Personalities

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Morning Mike

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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.

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

 

Joyce Estey

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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!

News:  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.

 

Chuck Reiger

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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.

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

 

Russ Long

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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.

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

 

Tom O’Halloren

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As Afternoon Newscaster at WRNJ, Tom O’Halloren has worked for the past five years to provide area residents the 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.  As an Education Major, he brings his love of learning and teaching with him as it applies to local issues.  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.

Email Tom at news@wrnj.com.

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

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

Dave KelberDave Kelber

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

jay-edwards-wrnjJay Edwards

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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.

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

 

Dr. Frank Fowler

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.

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

 

Just Jazz

Jazz Bob (Bob Bernotas)

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.

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