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Posts Tagged ‘98.7 KISS FM’

Famed Kiss FM Newsman Bob Slade Recalls ‘Triple Duty’ 9/11 Coverage at Emmis Stations

Listeners to Emmis’ WRKS-FM/98.7 Kiss FM know Bob Slade very well. He’s been the award-winning morning newsman (at times afternoons) since RKO started Kiss started 30 years ago. 

While those years in live radio served him well, he never could have planned for what was about to happen on September 11, 2001.

In today’s installment of 9/11: New York Remembers, FishbowlNY talks with Slade for his memories of that fateful day.

“I was going back to my office, and all of a sudden I looked up and there was a flash,” Slade tells FishbowlNY.

The Kiss studios since 1996 have been located in the West Village, just a mile or so from the World Trade Center. 

So Slade knew there was a problem. He monitored the police radio to get details about the first plane crash into the north tower.

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98.7 Kiss FM/WRKS Names Jay Dixon Program Director

This Monday, 98.7 Kiss FM/WRKS celebrated 30 years of music geared to black listeners. Today, they start season 31 with a new program director.

Jay Dixon fills the void created by Jill Strada, who departed for a Miami radio station in June.  

Dixon began his broadcasting career in 1977 at a Boston radio station while still in high school. Over the next 34 years, Dixon gained experience in several formats including Top 40, Country, and Urban.

He is no stranger to Kiss, having previously worked as the station’s production/creative service director.

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98.7 Kiss/WRKS Having Reunion Party to Mark 30th Anniversary

As we told you yesterday, 98.7 Kiss FM/WRKS reached the big 3-0.

To celebrate, the longtime Soul and R&B station is reuniting past air personalities. On Thursday, August 11th, Kiss is holding its 30th Anniversary Reunion Party on the plaza at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building (125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard).

The list of guests is a who’s who of Kiss from yesteryear.

Legendary alumni Ken “Spider” Webb, Mike Love, and Diana King are just a few who will take part in the festivities. Fans will also see DJ Ace, Tanya Simpson, Bobby Gailes, and Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex. And there will be many more Kiss on-air notables, including Dean Meminger, Nicole Brown, Raqiyah Mays.

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Legendary Voice of 98.7 Kiss FM/WRKS, Newsman Bob Slade Celebrates Station’s 30 Years

Today marks Soul/R&B station 98.7 Kiss FM/WRKS’ 30th anniversary. One constant at the station has been morning news anchor Bob Slade.

In fact, Slade predates Kiss at 98.7, starting at the frequency in 1975 when it was the disco-led 99X/WXLO.

These days Slade, who FishbowlNY sat down with recently, is also an historian of all things “Kiss.”

“There had already been a few Kiss stations at that time,” Slade recalls. “So they figured that’s a good advertising slogan, people will remember ‘Kiss.’”

He says the lips created for the new logo belonged to former DJ, the late Mary Thomas.

Slade says RKO General wanted established DJs to get the station off the ground. Thomas and Chuck Leonard were among the first announcers added to the Kiss lineup.

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WBLS, WKTU, and WRKS with Michael Jackson Memories to Mark Second Anniversary of Death

Unfortunately, sad occasions are used to mark time.

This weekend, the music world remembers Michael Jackson, two years after his passing, and some New York radio stations are planning special coverage.

WBLS/107.5 is paying tribute throughout the weekend with Jackson’s music, interviews from the station’s extensive archives, and listener tributes.

Program director Skip Dillard tells FishbowlNY that WBLS listeners will also hear celebrity comments, recorded concert audio, and special Jackson Mastermixes.

But WBLS isn’t the only station honoring the fallen superstar.

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Miss Jones’ New 98.7 KISS FM Countdown Abruptly Cancelled

Miss Jones, the gregarious DJ and R&B personality, will not be having a return engagement with Emmis. Miss Jones was set to host her own countdown beginning last weekend on 98.7 KISS FM, but All Access has learned that the show never got off the ground.

Negotiations, apparently, fell through, leaving KISS FM/WKRS to return to regular programming.

Jonesy’s KISS List Countdown, which would have listeners vote for songs to make her Top 20, was scheduled to air from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday.

An Emmis spokeswoman tells FishbowlNY that “at this time Jonesy’s KISS List Countdown will not be airing due to internal conflicts with Clear Channel out of our control.”

Jones, a former Hot 97/WQHT morning host, does morning drive in Philadelphia at Clear Channel owned Power 99 WUSL.

No Arrests Made in Death of Former Hot 97 DJ Megatron, As Station Reacts

As we reported yesterday, DJ Megatron (whose given name was Corey McGriff) was killed early Sunday down the street from his Staten Island home. He was 32.

McGriff was with the Emmis family from November 1998 until February 2007. As DJ Megatron, McGriff began with 98.7 KISS FM (WRKS), but his popularity increased when he joined Hot 97 (WQHT).

“From the entire Hot 97 family past and present, first and foremost, our blessings go out to Megatron’s family,” Ebro Darden, Hot 97 program director, says. “He will always be remembered as a great person. He was genuine, sincere, and always positive. It was a pleasure to have worked with him and know him.”

WCBS-TV reports a friend told investigators that he and McGriff were on the phone as the DJ went to buy marijuana. He told police that the line went dead, likely because McGriff had been shot.

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Miss Jones Rejoins Emmis; Hosts Weekly Saturday Morning Countdown on 98.7 KISS FM

Radio personality and R&B artist Miss Jones in back with the Emmis family. The former Hot 97 morning host is headed to 98.7 Kiss FM (WRKS) for a new Saturday show Jonesy’s KISS List Countdown.

 Airing from 10 a.m. to noon, Miss Jones will post her favorite R&B songs from the 80s, 90s, and today on www.987KISSFM.com, and give listeners the chance to vote on her Top 20 to make her Jonesy’s KISS List Countdown.

“I’m very excited to rejoin my Emmis family,” Miss Jones says. “As most of you know, I began my career as an R&B artist in the mid 90s, so the music is close to my heart.  On another note,  I can’t wait to get back to the city … Let’s Go!”

Miss Jones, known for her “straight talk” style, has made her mark, not only in the radio arena, but also in the world of television and print, authoring an autobiography.  

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98.7 Kiss FM Looking to Make Guinness Book of World Records

Emmis owned 98.7 Kiss FM (WRKS) is ready to help challenge a record in the Guinness Book of World Records. On Tuesday, March 15, Kiss FM is planning to create the world’s largest Cha Cha slide.

Building the slide, of course, is open to the public. It doesn’t matter if you are a champion Cha Cha dancer or trying it for the first time. Everyone is encouraged to participate with DJ Casper, the legendary creator of the Cha Cha slide, and Kiss FM’s Shaila, for a fun-filled family day of entertainment.

Part of that entertainment includes UniverSoul Circus, which is beginning the New York leg of their tour. Those in attendance could win tickets to see an upcoming show. 

The potential record-breaking festivities start at 5 p.m. in the Harlem State Office Building Plaza on West 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.

Ed Lover Gets Friday Nights at WKRS/98.7 Kiss FM

Notable radio and TV personality Ed Lover is now part of Emmis’ 98.7 Kiss FM family.

Lover, who was let go from Power 105.1 in November, will host Friday Night Live from 7 p.m. to midnight starting March 11.

“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Kiss FM family! I admire the station, love the music, and have been an avid listener for years! God is good!”

“Ed has achieved great success in this market and is very well known and liked with our listeners. He fits in perfectly with the music, the community, and the culture of Kiss FM, Jill Strada, Kiss FM program director, says. “Ed Lover is a legend, and belongs on legendary radio stations.”

The Hollis, N.Y. native, Lover hosted a highly rated morning show on Hot 97 from 1993 to 1998.

Lover, perhaps, is best remembered for co-hosting Yo! MTV Raps in the 1990s.

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