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Asbury Park Press from Asbury Park, New Jersey · Page 149

Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Sunday, April 16, 1989
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E 1 2 Asbury Park PressSunday. April 1 6, 1 989 Airwaves Miss Gable trades barbs with Stern By ROSEMARY L LLOYD Press Staff Writer If you thought Sukhrcet Gable had faded into oblivion now that her days on the witness stand during New York's "Bess Mess" trial are over, then you weren't listening to the radio the week of April 3. That's when Ms. Gable made her professional radio debut on "The Howard Stent Show," which airs from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays on New York's "K-Rock," WXRK-FM 92.3. Ms. Gable assumed the role of weather reporter and announcer during her week-long trial run. She also offered social commentary on a variety of subjects at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and swapped off-color jokes and banter with Stern throughout the show. In case you had forgotten, Ms. Gable was a witness in the so-called "divorce-fixing" trial of Bess Myer-son, a former Miss America, and testified against her mother, Judge Hor-tense Gable, who had been implicated in the case. Ms. Myerson was acquitted of trying to influence the judge to lower the amount of alimony her boyfriend, Andy Capasso, had to make to his ex-wife, Nancy, in exchange for giving the judge's daughter a job. Also at K-Rock (as if Ms. Gable's presence weren't enough excitement for one radio station), the station has launched "K-Rock's Lost Classics," a telephone service for what it calls "self-appointed rock-ologists" to call and request what they consider a forgotten rock classic. Listeners can call (212) 752-SONG (7664) 24 hours a day to request those songs they loved but thought radio had forgotten. The best suggestions and ideas for "K-Rock's Lost Classics" will air the following day on regularly scheduled programs. Finally at K-Rock: Take heart, ' Tom Petty fans you can hear an hour of interviews with and music of the blues-rock singer live on the "Tom Petty Album Party" at 11 p.m. Tuesday on the station. Fordham University radio station WFUV-FM 90.7 has joined the American Public Radio family and will carry two APR programs on a regular basis. The first, "Monitoradio," which airs at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, premiered on April 3. "We ail think it's great radio and we're looking to increase our news presence," said Jewel Ratzlaff, assistant general manager and program director at the station. In keeping with its Irish flavor, WFUV also will carry "Thistle and Shamrock," an hour-long program that will air at I p.m. Mondays beginning May 1. Newark's public radio and jazz station WBGO-FM 88.3 received a special fiscal-year 1988 year-end grant of $26,282 from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. This is in addition to the $317,500 the council awarded the station earlier. The council elected to award the balance of the fiscal-year 1988 funds to those groups it considered had demonstrated excellence in artistry and administrative capability. Anna Kosof, station general manager, said WBGO would use the additional allocation toward its National Endowment for the Arts Challenge grant, which must be met by September. "We are well on our way to becoming the first community radio station in the history of the National Endowment for the Arts to successfully meet a NEA challenge grant of this magnitude," Ms. Kosof said. Cellist Carter Brey performs with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Hugh Wolff, on "NJSO Concert" at 7 p.m. Tuesday on New York's WNCY-FM, 93.9. Works by Claude Debussy, Charles Ives and Richard Strauss will be performed in a program titled "Music Turns the Century: 1900." Rosemary E. Lloyd is a staff writer for The Asbury Park Press. Her column appears Sundays. 'Hot 97' disc jockey still calls area home By ROSEMARY E. LLOYD Press Staff Writer While many people who have been to the U.S. Virgin Islands may have glowing memories of the sundrenched American territory, 24-year-old Wendy J.. Williams of Ocean Township might disagree. Ms. Williams, who is a disc jockey, or "on-air personality" as New York announcers like to call themselves, at New York's WQHT-FM 97.1, "Hot 97," got her first paying job as a DJ for radio station WRVI in the Virgin Islands after graduating from Northeastern University in 1986. She had started as a television communications major at the university but two weeks later, switched to radio because she learned she could move ahead faster in the non-visual medium. "I was so desperate to get into radio I went to the Virgin Islands, making $5 an hour and crying everyday," she said. "I hated it because I was so far away from my family and I didn't know anybody." Ms Williams said she had hoped to learn about radio from the staff at the Virgin Islands station but found she knew more than they did. "I was going there to learn and I found these people knew as much as I did on my first day in college, which was absolutely no help," she said. But Ms. Williams didn't simply spend her off-hours crying and bemoaning her fate. When she wasn't working, she sent demonstration tapes to several stateside station officials, including Joel S. Salkowitz, operations manager at WQHT. "The main reason he noticed me was that he kept getting tapes from the Virgin Islands," she said with a laugh. Despite being unhappy in the Virgin Islands, she refused to leave until she had another job. Eight months after arriving in the Islands, she accepted a job at Washington D.C.'s WOL-AM 1450 and found it only one step better than working in the Caribbean. She was glad to be in the United States and somewhat closer to her family but these were the only good things about working at WOL. "What was WOL? The worst. It was oldies and they said, 'This girl sounds like she should be talking to (rock singer) Debbie Gibson. Her voice and style don't go with the format.' But they didn't tell me to change." It was while working at WOL that she finally heard from Salkowitz, who received several tapes of Ms. Williams' both from the Virgin Islands and from Washington. "I got a call on Thursday and I was working on Sunday, v she said. Salkowitz said, "I don't remember when we put her on full time on the overnight show. She was working part time at first, doing the weekend fill-ins. Hill! HI III I t t A Wendy J. Williams, Ocean Township, got her radio start in the Virgin Islands. She began at WQHT Nov. 1, 1987, and now works from midnight to 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. She gets to the city by 1 1 p.m. and spends the hour before going on the air reading and watching the TV set near the studio. "I use the National Enquirer and I listen to a lot of news radio as well as (WXRK-FM 92.3 on-air personality) Howard Stern. New York is the type of city where you have to keep your finger on the pulse of what is going on," she said. The audience for "Hot 97" is between 18 and 35 years of age; people who, Ms. Williams said, know what is happening and are on the lookout for fun. Ms. Williams noted that being a disc jockey in New York can be somewhat seductive and glamorous with its sophistication, contacts and reputation for life in the fast lane. "I went to Cher's Halloween party, which was very exclusive, but I came home after. I got off at the Allenhurst station with the white picket fence and went back to my room," she said. Ms. Williams is not ashamed of still living at home where she and her parents eat dinner together every evening at 5 and where her mother has no qualms about telling her to make her bed. She said her fans may be disappointed that she's not living the high life. Her response is to remind them that the "cool girl" on the radio is one . facet of her personality but that her heart remains closely aligned with the reality of her family and she frequently shares her pride .of home with her listeners. .MJU MO Pitt Early Bird Dinners Tues., Weds., Thurs. Fri. 4-6:30 All Day Sunday 'til 6:30 $95 Includes bowl of soup, salad bar, entree, dessert & coffee, Promottont For Dining Room Only Happy Hour In Our Lounge Price Drinks And Complimentary Buffet Table 4-6:30 Tues., Weds., Thurs., Fri. All Day On Sunday "til 6:30 One English Lane, Wanamassa 776-8558 Crafts! Shopping! Excitement! Fun! 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