Personalities

Jimmy Howes

Morning Program Host 5;30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

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Jimmy Howes was born in New York City and spent his early childhood in Brooklyn. His family moved to Bergen County, New Jersey and he grew up in Maywood.
Howes has performed as an On-Air Radio Host under dozens of different pseudonyms in New York City.  He was a morning host on Jukebox Radio, mid-day host at WVNJ, and was nominated for a Marconi Award when he was the program director at  WGHT Radio. Jimmy was the WGHT morning show co-host for the past 11 years.
Jimmy started his radio career working for Cousin Bruce Morrow in the early 1980’s. He has also voice hundreds of national radio commercials.
During his long radio career, Jimmy has worked at WYNYWVNJWTSXWDLCWGNYWJUXWSPKWPATWBNRWALLWKGL-FM, WKOJ, WTOC ,  WNNJ,  WSUSWRRVWTBQWVIPWZADWSULWHTZWGHTWBPMWRNJ and Dance Party USA, a 1980s’ syndicated TV show.
Jimmy is also a stand-up comedian and musician. He was one of the first mobile-DJs and disco club mix-masters of the late 1970s. He also is a regular on-stage host for the Richard Nader Doo-Wop Reunion Show. His YouTube page includes dozens of award-winning celebrity live on-air interviews.
Jimmy Howes has been awarded a Gold Record from the RIAA for his work as an On-Air Radio Personality, Programmer and Morning Show Host. He was recognized as America’s Morning Show Host of the Year. As a member of the WGHT on-air staff, WGHT has received Marconi Award honors. Jimmy’s morning show on WGHT has won awards from the Garden State Journalist Association, for Talk Radio and News, in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Jimmy’s news department, at WGHT Radio, has received New York Air Award Honors and AP News Broadcast Awards and dozens of Garden State Journalist Awards during Jimmy’s time as WGHT’s Program Director. WGHT has also been nominated for 13 Crystal Radio Awards from the NAB during his tenure at WGHT. Jimmy has also received personal awards from the Garden State Journalist Association for his excellence in On-Air Interviews with famous recording artists and also for his morning show listener “call in contests.”

Greta Latona

Afternoon Drive Host 3-7 p.m.

It’s Greta Latona and just like you, I love music, all music and I talk, to everyone. I’m a graduate of Felician University with a Medical Degree – which led me to a Broadcasting Career. I know that sounds odd, but after medicine I went back to study broadcasting with the intention that there was so much information and advances in health screenings and somehow that information needed to get to the public. So with that, I got a job working on commercials, copy writing, and production and voicing community events, which lead to an ON AIR job. Now, I could guide people to blood drives, tell them about community fundraisers and fun events in the area and play great music along the way.   This is my American Dream. While working ON AIR at WGHT Radio and as the Assistant Program Director, I have implemented programs in the community that brought in 13 Crystal Radio nominations from the NAB. I have received awards from the Garden State Journalist Association for ON AIR Interviews with celebrity recording artists and our “call-in-contests” were recognized too. Rounding out a list of awards in my career included Marconi Award honors and New York Air Award.   I’ve had a Morning Café Show, a Big Band Show, a Christian Show, and for over 11 years a Co-host of a Morning Show in the NYC market. I’ve been back stage, on stage as an MC to some of the greatest events. I’m a musician, have a DJ entertainment company, and have read at every family’s wedding in the tri -state. I’ve done countless voiceover work in commercials for Cars, Broadway Shows, and the businesses in your hometown. I’m a dabbler. I love classic cars and long-drives in scenic areas. I’m just like you, I work, I shop, and I’ll roll up my sleeves to help when needed. I’m the easiest person on the planet to work or be around. Oh, and I love animals. I have a Chihuahua that’s 4.5 pounds named Dasher. Yes, after the Reindeer.

Joyce Estey

News Director:  Weekdays, 6:00 – 10:00 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.

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.

 

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 crew member 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Moriarty

On Air News Anchor / Sales Associate

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A Jersey Girl through and through, Katie Moriarty’s interest in broadcasting began while attending Centenary University.  Hailing from a showbiz family, she met a prominent TV news anchor, while backstage at BB King’s Blues Club in New York City.  She had the privilege of two college internships at Fox News Channel, and upon graduation was hired as a Production Assistant in the FNC newsroom.

Her desire to be in front of the camera led her to Nebraska, where she was a field reporter and daily news anchor.  She also delivered the news for a radio station in Johnny Carson’s hometown, Norfork, NE.

Katie returned to the east coast as a TV news reporter for Fios 1 News – Long Island, where she covered crime stories, local politics, and even The Belmont Stakes.

Katie is thrilled to be back home in Northwest New Jersey, and honored to be a part of the WRNJ family.  An avid outdoors person, Katie can be seen riding one of her horses along the trails of Great Meadows, or pulling a large-mouth bass out of one of the many lakes and ponds in the area

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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!

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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).

 

 

The Golden Gup

Tailfinned Turntable and Still Rockin:  Sundays 12PM – 2PM

Gup Gascoigne has been a music lover since he was a toddler. He began spinning records at parties and school functions in 1966, when he bought his first stereo system. His first DJ engagement for pay came in December of 1973 performing an oldies show at a junior high school in Farmingdale, Maine. In 1975 he was the first Dee-Jay in Morris County New Jersey to host an “oldies” night at a club called “Smiles” in Parsippany.

A leader in the DJ field since 1973, Gup has specialized in presenting classic dance music from the Swing Era through the 1960’s. In addition, he maintains a comprehensive collection of Top 40, dance and party hits from the 1970’s to present. His commanding knowledge of Pop Standards, Big Band, early Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues makes him a natural choice for those who demand a jumpin’ dance floor! Gup has MC’d more than 8,000 performances to date (OVER 900 of them wedding receptions!) and personally presides over every show he’s booked for. He will see to it that your special day goes just as planned! References available upon request.

In 1985 he established the New York metro-area’s first fully professional jukebox rental service “The Duke of Jukes” – now trading as PARTYJUKES ®.

Since 1979, music entertainment has been Gup’s ONLY profession. In addition to performing at events, car shows, functions and parties around the country, Gup can be heard on a regular basis at the EXCHANGE on most Wednesday nights in Rockaway, New Jersey.

His Mission Statement is simple: TO PROVIDE THE BEST VALUE IN THE SPECIALIZED PRESENTATION OF POP, SWING, EARLY ROCK & ROLL AND RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC TO BE HEARD ANYWHERE, IN A COMPETENT, ZESTFUL YET DIGNIFIED MANNER!

“The Tailfinned Turntable” Sundays 12pm-1pm – a celebration of classic pop music from the Post-War through the Pre-Beatles era.  The “Still Rockin’ ” show Sundays 1pm-2pm – first generation Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues plus today’s artists who share the passion