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‘Everything is Going Good’ for ‘Brooklyn’s Own’ Joe Causi on WCBS-FM

With the Nets debut in Brooklyn, this was a banner year in the professional life of Joe Causi. He was named WCBS-FM nighttime jock after Ron Parker moved to middays, when health factors caused veteran Bob Shannon to retire.

Causi has been with the station since its return from the “jockless” Jack format in 2007. Most notably, he was the host of a reworked Saturday Night five-hour block, updated with 70s music.

Of course, the personality who uses the on-air moniker “Brooklyn’s Own” had to be on the short list of our interview subjects.

Causi is a Bensonhurst native, whose boyhood house still stands. The 97-year old edifice remains in the family, now home to Causi’s brother.

“My whole life was four blocks,” Causi remembers. “You didn’t have to go out of a four-block radius.”

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WCBS-FM Moves on in Middays Without Bob Shannon

A WCBS-FM mainstay is no more. Midday jock Bob Shannon, who hasn’t appeared on the station since late 2011 while on medical leave, will not return to the Classic Hits station.

Until earlier this month, Ron Parker and Joe Causi had been filling in saying, “In for Bob Shannon…” Now, Parker has taken the midday slot. Showing an unfortunate end to Shannon’s illustrious radio career, Causi is no longer rotating at night or saying that he’s in for Parker.

As early as April, FishbowlNY learned that Shannon would not be able to return, but remained quiet due to privacy issues.

Shannon, 64, is a link to the Oldies past of CBS-FM, where he was the popular afternoon DJ starting in 1986. For the recent 40th anniversary celebration, Shannon was heard on tape from several years earlier. It is yet another indication that Shannon was apparently too ill to participate live.

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WCBS-FM Culminates 40th with Free Concert

It was the perfect night for a concert at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, Long Island.

Making the evening even more ideal was that the concert was free.

As one big thank you to fans for 40 years of loyalty, WCBS-FM hosted its Saturday in the Park with disco great KC and the Sunshine Band.

The on-air gang was there for hours, just like the throngs of listeners. “Broadway” Bill Lee did a later than usual Saturday show, as a live remote just feet from the stage. Fittingly, he stayed on the air until, “Brooklyn’s Own” Joe Causi (above) started his Saturday Night Seventies on scene. The air personalities, including Ron Parker, signed autographs from adoring fans.

Causi provided the “opening act” for KC and the Sunshine Band. Waiting for the sun to set, the classic disco band took the stage at 8:30.

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Longtime Lite-FM Jock Al Bernstein Added to WCBS-FM Roster

It was a stretch of nearly 25 years for Al Bernstein at WLTW/Lite-FM. Bernstein left the Clear Channel, perennial top-rated station, in 2007. Nearly five years later, he’s resurfaced at WCBS-FM in a part-time role. After a brief training appearance this week, his first official shift is Sunday afternoon.

Bernstein is reunited with his former program director, Jim Ryan, who took over that position at CBS-FM last month.

WCBS-FM has been in the market for another personality since veteran jock Bob Shannon went on medical leave before the start of the year. While Shannon convalesces, evening and overnight DJs Ron Parker and Joe Causi have rotated on the midday shift.

With more than three decades in New York radio, Bernstein has also been heard on WNEW-FM, WBLS, WYNY, and WKHK (the Country precursor of WLTW).

A native of Westchester, Bernstein’s distinctive sound has led to doing voice-over work on an assortment of radio and TV commercials.

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WCBS-FM Celebrating 40th with Reunion Weekend

It’s a weekend four decades in the making. WCBS-FM, the venerable Oldies turned Classic Hits station, is marking a milestone, after launching the vintage Top 40 tunes on July 7, 1972. To commemorate the occasion, the station is welcoming back, or playing vintage clips of, CBS-FM’s most popular DJs.

The call letters were created in the 1940s. In those nascent days of radio, WCBS-FM was simply a simulcast for the WCBS-AM’s programming.

Finally in 1966, CBS-FM started its own format. The Easy Listening, “Young Sound” was born. A year later, a plane crash into the transmitter, forced WCBS-AM to debut its all-news format on the FM tower.

In 1969, WCBS-FM, still seeking an identity, opted for a freeform rock genre, molded in the WOR-FM and WNEW-FM style.

But it was until 1972 that CBS-FM had its niche in New York–Oldies.

Bill Brown, longtime midday jock, and late night DJ Don K. Reed were CBS-FM “originals” from the freeform days.

The station wasn’t just the greatest oldies or greatest hits of the last 40 years. It showcased some of greatest jocks in history. Dan Ingram, Ron Lundy, Harry Harrison, “Triple D” Dandy Dan Daniel, Bob Shannon, Dan Taylor, and “Broadway” Bill Lee are just a select few that could be inducted into the CBS-FM “Hall of Fame.”

Ironically, as the audience got “older,” the music got younger. In the last several years, the original feel has been slightly altered to focus on the 1970s and 1980s, while putting the 1950s “Oldies” into “semi-retirement.”

The weekend lineup after the jump.

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Brian Thomas, WCBS-FM Program Director, to Head CBS Radio Tampa Cluster

Brian Thomas has been one of radio’s premiere programmers in the last decade. He didn’t just return WCBS-FM with DJs in 2007, he helped it return to Number 1.

So it was somewhat surprising, even for the industry with the ”nomad” aspect, that Thomas is leaving New York for a promotion. Starting June 4, Thomas will helm the CBS Radio cluster of stations in Tampa. He will keep his hands on CBS-FM from a distance, though, remaining VP of Classic Hits programming.

“I wasn’t even thinking of leaving New York City,” Thomas tells FishbowlNY. “But after six years, it is in the back of your head of what’s next.”

Always seeking the next challenge, and with his favorite markets, aside from New York, in California and Florida, Thomas was open to exploration.

“When Ben Hill [SVP/market manager, Tampa] reached out in an e-mail that said…here’s a crazy thought [in the subject line] ‘Do you have any interest in the Tampa programming gig?’ It took a week to make the decision.”

But that decision was wrought with emotion.

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Veteran Jock Bob Shannon Remains a No-Show for WCBS-FM Listeners

WCBS-FM mainstay Bob Shannon has been missed recently on his midday shift. The veteran of the Oldies, now Classic Hits station, has been replaced by night jocks Ron Parker and Joe Causi for the last several weeks.

Staffers are left to speculate about the reason for Shannon’s silence.  

“No one has heard from Bob in several weeks,” a source tells FishbowlNY.

Shannon arrived at CBS-FM in the early 1980s. After the Jack FM debacle, Shannon was rehired by the station, linking listeners to CBS-FM’s glorious past.

WCBS-FM Closes Number Two Gap in November Ratings

WLTW/Lite FM is back at number one, although it never left. The overall November Arbitron ratings for ages 6+ have the Clear Channel juggernaut at 6.0, up from 5.7 in October.

WCBS-FM continues hot on Lite’s trail. The consistent number two player in the radio wars has narrowed the deficit to .3. In recent months the Classic Hits station was within .4 and .5 of WLTW.

“While it was bad for the New York Yankees not making the playoffs, it did help our ratings on CBS-FM with our biggest gains from 3 p.m. and midnight,” Program director Brian Thomas tells FishbowlNY.

Those gains led CBS-FM to the top spot among three vital demographics: Adults 25 to 54, 35 to 64, and Men 18+ for the 7 p.m. to midnight show hosted by Ron Parker.

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Program Director Brian Thomas Responds to CBS-FM Criticism

We reported earlier this week that a former WCBS-FM music director was critical of the differences between the Oldies station then and its Classic Hits version today.

FishbowlNY reached out to CBS-FM program director Brian Thomas for a comment on that article.

Thomas says the original headline should have been called “Different Era-Different Styles of DJs.”

“Comparing jocks of different era is like comparing Arnold Palmer to Tiger Woods,” Thomas says.

Richard Lorenzo said earlier in the week that CBS-FM lacks style today.

“The ones [jocks] then weren’t necessarily more intelligent, but they were more enjoyable because they were into the craft more deeply,” Lorenzo said.

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WCBS-FM Draws Even with WLTW in November Ratings

The November PPM ratings were released yesterday by Arbitron. Classic Hits station WCBS-FM recaptured a portion of first place in the 6+ survey.

CBS-FM, with the exception of one month during the summer, has been consisently number two. They gained .4 to settle at 5.9.

Clear Channel-owned WLTW-FM, heading in the opposite direction, met CBS-FM at number one after dropping .6 from October.

More on CBS-FM’s latest rating triumphs after the jump.

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