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9/11: New York Remembers Revisited

In case you missed any of our special feature 9/11: New York Remembers, today we’re observing the 10th anniversary of the tragic day linking back to the entire series.

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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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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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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, 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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KISS FM Holding Coat Drive This Friday

As the holiday season gets into full swing, WRKS 98.7 KISS FM is holding a coat drive this Friday, December 3 at the Regal Cinemas in Union Square.

The 8th Annual KISS Cares Coats Drive, in conjunction the New York Cares Coat Drive, invites listeners to donate new or gently used coats to help those less fortunate stay warm during the winter months.  

Many KISS members, and special guest Kandi Burruss from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, will join in the live broadcast from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As additional incentives, EZ Pawn Corp. will match 25 cents for every coat given in, and donors receive prizes while supplies last.

Emmis’ WRXP Reportedly on the Selling Block

Last month, we reported that Emmis may be forced to sell one of its trio of New York radio stations in order to stay afloat. 

Now comes word from industry newsletter T-R-I saying rock station WRXP (101.9) is on the market.

The report indicates that ‘RXP is for sale at a price tag of $100 million.

In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Indianapolis-based media company said, “We have one station in New York City…where we believe the sale value could exceed the prospects for cash flow generation as part of our portfolio.”

‘RXP is consistently the lowest rated among the stable of New York Emmis stations. In the September Arbitron ratings, ‘RXP struggled to a 2.2.

Sister stations WRKS (98.7 KISS FM) pulled in a 3.0, while WQHT (Hot 97) registered a 3.3.

Messages for Emmis and WRXP were not returned.

Ebro Darden Named VP/Programming at Emmis New York

Ebro Darden has been promoted to VP of programming at the three Emmis radio stations in New York.

Darden will oversee WQHT (Hot 97), WRKS (98.7 KISS FM), and WRXP (101.9).

Alex Cameron, SVP/Market Manager calls the promotion a first step in the restructuring plan of the Emmis New York group. For Darden, it’s a big step forward: “This is very exciting and I’m very grateful to our SVP, Alex Cameron, for giving me this tremendous opportunity to lead the entire Programming Team here at Emmis NY,” Darden said. ”Our priorities will be programming efficiency in PPM, growing our digital properties and keeping our brands focused on being culturally significant for our audiences.”

Darden joined Emmis in 2003 as music director of Hot 97. He became program director in 2007.

Update: Leslie Fram, WRXP program director and morning co-host, tells FishbowlNY that  Darden is “a great program director, leader, and strategist and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this promotion.”