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Wvox

WVOX
City of license New Rochelle, New York
Broadcast area New York
Slogan "Vox Populi" - The Voice of Westchester
Frequency 1460 AM
Format Talk/ Variety
Power 500 watts daytime
122 watts nighttime
Callsign meaning VOX, Latin for voice
Owner Whitney Broadcasting
Website www.wvox.com

WVOX (1460 AM) is a radio station in New Rochelle, New York. It is operated as a regional community station heard mainly in suburban Westchester County, the Bronx, Queens, the North Shore of Long Island, southern Connecticut and northern New Jersey. The station president is William O'Shaughnessy, and its current owner is Whitney Broadcasting, Inc. Together with its former counterpart, WRTN 93.5 FM (now WVIP), it claimed more than five million live listeners as of 2005.[1]

WVOX reaches many more listeners, worldwide, by streaming live, online. As of July 12, 2010, WVOX can also be heard on the HD4 subchannel of its FM sister station, WVIP.

Programming is primarily locally produced information and talk, including programs presented by local citizens and interest groups. O'Shaughnessy hosted a daily talk show on the station for more than 50 years, featuring interviews with many major U.S. politicians, authors, and entertainers.[1] O'Shaughnessy, who has been called "the voice of Westchester",[2] is fond of calling WVOX the "quintessential community radio station in America",[3] a label first applied to the station by the Wall Street Journal.[2] Referring to the station's citizen-produced content, a New York Daily News critic described WVOX as a "glorious hodgepodge, much of which even O'Shaughnessy can't get excited about."[2]

In 2005, O'Shaughnessy was one of the first 25 people to be inducted into the new

Programming

WVOX airs a diverse lineup of talk, music, sports, and religious programming. Among its various offerings are:

(Semi-) Daily Shows

  • Good Morning, Westchester! - Hosted by TJ McCormick, the series airs weekdays from 6-9 AM and offers news, interviews, listener call-ins, and entertainment reports.
  • Music From the Forum - Nick Sarames plays MOR music, primarily from the 60s and 70s (although other decades are featured) every afternoon at varying times between 3-6 PM.
  • The Fred Dicker Show - Airing weekday afternoons from 4-5 PM, this political talk show hosted by the longtime New York Post columnist had been a ratings draw for several years on originating station WGDJ in Albany, and was added to the WVOX lineup in December 2011. The series regularly features well-known state politicians as guests, including Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Weekly Shows

  • The Z Travel and Leisure Show - Airing Monday nights at 8 PM, the husband-and-wife team of Art and Susan Zuckerman discuss noteworthy places in the New York metropolitan area, as well as interviewing noteworthy people, both locally and elsewhere.
  • The State of the City - Airing Tuesdays at 9 AM, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Branson and City Manager Chuck Strome discuss various issues concerning the city.
  • The Advocates - Airing Wednesdays at noon, Richard J. Garfunkel presides over this issues-oriented discussion show.
  • Conversations with Ernie Davis - Airing Fridays at 9 AM, the Former Mayor of nearby Mount Vernon hosts this discussion show.
  • Radio Chuck - Airing Saturday nights at 10 PM, Chuck Donegan spins the tunes on this 3-hour music program, which features a variety of songs whose titles and/or artists all tie into a different theme each week (the 10 PM show is a "best of" rerun from the year before, the 11 PM show is a new one, and 12 AM brings the commercial-free Midnight Hour, devoted to "smooth music perfect for the weekend").
  • The Smoothie Lounge - Airing Thursdays at 8 PM, Chuck Donegan hosts an hour of past and present smooth-jazz music, meant for those who have been having a "rough day", according to Donegan.
  • Remember Then? - Airing Sundays at 11 AM, the team of Vincent Pastore, which aired briefly on WVOX in early 2012).
  • The Nick Golden Show - Airing Sunday nights at 9 PM, this sports talk/call-in show features observations on current events in the world of sports by Golden and his callers.

In addition, WVOX airs religious services from local churches on weekends, with the syndicated Music of Your Life service rounding out the overnight and weekend schedule. The station also airs hourly news updates from Fox News Radio, with additional 1-minute updates also running at the half-hour and/or :45 marks for many shows.

Annual St. Patrick's Day Live Broadcast

Every St. Patrick's Day since 1960, WVOX has pre-empted its regular programming in favor of an all-day live remote from the holiday celebration at Dudley's Parkview, a bar/restaurant in New Rochelle. This yearly event features appearances by many of the station's on-air personalities, interviews with local residents, and an assortment of traditional Irish music.

50th Anniversary Celebration

On Sep. 14, 2009, WVOX celebrated its 50th anniversary with on-air festivities running all day from 9 AM to 6 PM. Station head William O'Shaughnessy presided as both current and former on-air personalities, local politicians, and other well-known figures offered their thoughts and congratulations, both in-studio and via telephone. In addition, vintage airchecks of memorable moments in the station's history were featured throughout the day.

Notable Past Programming

  • Bill Mazer - Following his departure from WEVD in 2001, the sportscaster known as the "A-Maz-In" Bill Mazer launched an afternoon interview program on WVOX, which aired from 3–6 PM ET (and streamed from WVOX's website), with his son Arnie serving as producer. Mazer's last show was aired August 3, 2009, ending his tenure at the station and marking his retirement from broadcasting.
  • Emergency Preparedness & Safety Tips On Air and Online - Host/Producer Lisa Tolliver (a volunteer/media partner with Westchester Emergency Volunteer Reserves-Medical Reserve Corps[5] and winner of multiple media awards[6]) and WEVR-MRC Manager Marianne Partridge earned kudos from United States Surgeon General Richard Carmona for regularly publicizing emergency preparedness and safety tips on Tolliver's WVOX radio shows, and for extending their outreach by publishing articles online in an "Emergency Preparedness & Safety Tips" blog[7] and in Tolliver's Blogcritics Magazine articles.[8] Tolliver and Partridge often featured interviews with emergency management professionals (such as New Rochelle Fire Captain Bobby Benz[9]) and celebrities (such as Flavor Flav).[10][11] They typically targeted their messages to coincide with current events and holidays, such as fireworks safety on Independence Day and hurricane safety during the June–November hurricane season,[12] or guest-specific issues, such as earthquake safety, when interviewing West Coast resident, Flavor Flav. Tolliver and Partridge's partnership ended in 2007, when Partridge changed careers. Tolliver discontinued the series later in 2008, after collaborating for a short time with Partridge's replacement at WEVR-MRC.
  • MoneyTalk - The team of Charlie Massimi, Brad Silverman and Michael Braithwaite presided over this long-running financial discussion show, which began on WVOX in the mid-80s, later moved over to sister station WRTN (now WVIP), and moved back to WVOX in March 2011 before leaving both stations altogether in December of that year.
  • T3: Trends, Tips & Tools for Everyday Living - appealing to technophobes and technophiles, alike, Lisa Tolliver and a rotating panel of co-hosts and guests profiled and critiqued high-tech as well as low-tech resources; shared do's and don'ts (e.g., for safely shopping online and using wireless hotspots); evaluated trends (such the proliferation of distance learning courses and social media tools); addressed lifestyle topics (such as e-cards and useful tools for making Thanksgiving dinner); and weighed the benefits of well-designed/well-implemented resources versus challenges created by poorly designed/poorly implemented ones. For example, in August 2007 media futurist Gerd Leonhard[21] discussed the opportunities and challenges associated with launching Sonific: Soundtracks For Your Digital Life and with T3's team evaluated such music services from multiple perspectives.[22] (Leonhard "pulled Sonific's plug" in May 2008).[23][24][25]
  • What's Goin' On - After his character, Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero, was killed on The Sopranos (in "Funhouse (The Sopranos)"), actor Vincent Pastore launched, and briefly hosted, a talk radio show featuring celebrities and celebrity news. Days before his show's 2004 launch, Pastore "guested" on Dennis Nardone's golden oldies show, at which time he met fellow talk show host, Lisa Tolliver. Pastore and Tolliver shared a photo op[26] and cheek kiss, and on the eve of her next broadcast, Tolliver received an email from the station brass indicating that Pastore's new show had preempted the time slots of her back-to-back shows (SCORE Radio, The Lisa Tolliver Show, and T3: Trends, Tips & Tools for Everyday Living), which would be rescheduled. Tolliver quipped about this development on air, and her comments - quoted in Celebsafari: Vinny ("Big P") Pastore+Lisa ("Little L") Tolliver—The Story Behind the Photo[27] read - "Beware of kisses from "made" men. [...My] shows got whacked to new time slots. No sleeping with the fishes [...], though. Vinny's short run as a radio host benefitted everyone at Whitney Radio."

References

External links

  • WVOX website
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for WVOX
  • Radio-Locator Information on WVOX
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WVOX

Coordinates: 40°55′42″N 73°46′30″W / 40.92833°N 73.77500°W / 40.92833; -73.77500

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