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Dozens of Oldies Fans Gather to Meet Jim Kerr, Radio Pros

Nestled between the pastrami and pickles, radio personalities met their fans at Ben’s Deli in Manhattan Saturday afternoon.

It was the 5th Annual Oldies Meet and Greet, celebrating the radio format, but not specifically endorsing any station.

Organizer Jeff Scheckner tells FishbowlNY, with 75 people crammed into the back of the kosher eatery, this was the best turnout yet.

He says the genesis for the event was Jack FM.

“Initially, when CBS-FM was hijacked we had a small gathering…really weeks after the format change,” Scheckner says.

Scheckner’s mantra for the annual lunchtime gathering is simple.

“It’s really people that are dedicated to the music of the 50s, 60s, and the 70s,” Scheckner says. “We all are advocates for making sure the music stays alive.” Read more

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‘Famous Amos’ Returns to WCBS-FM on Thanksgiving Day

Russ “Famous Amos” DiBello has been a radio DJ for 40 years, not that you’d know it to look at him.

He’s crisscrossed the country in more than two dozen markets over the decades, including making his mark on NYC.

In the late 1990s, he made his first big impression with listeners in the tri state area, working at the now-defunct Jammin’ 105.

Since 2003, he’s had varying fill-in opportunities at WCBS-FM. He started prior to the “Jack” debacle, and returned two years later.

His highwater mark at the Classic Hits station came in the 2009 holiday season. DiBello was, seemingly, the main fill-in jock, heard regularly off the bench.

DiBello, 59 tomorrow, is scheduled to fill in for “Broadway” Bill Lee on Thanksgiving Day.  As of this writing, though, it is his only shift through the end of the year. It will be his first time on CBS-FM since July 4th weekend.  

“I am the person that they call, officially, when everyone has the Bubonic plague,” DiBello quipped. “Doctor’s notes are required. If someone can be pulled or dragged in, and the medical monitors show no instance of flatlining—no ‘Famous.’ Read more