Gary Wien, Station Manager at The Penguin Rocks, created the "Beyond the Palace" radio show two years ago. The show was designed to put a spotlight on the music of the Jersey Shore from the legendary acts like Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny to artists currently hitting the local clubs like Arlan Feiles, Rick Barry, and Emily Grove. In a way, it was created to bring the music of the artists found his book ("Beyond the Palace", 2003) to life.
"I'm thrilled to be able to hand over the show to Lee," said Wien. "When I was a kid, I learned much of what I know about Jersey Shore music history from Lee. He introduced me to many of the acts that became a major part of my life. When I realized I no longer had the time to create a weekly radio show, he was the only person I wanted to take over the show."
Mrowicki was born in Jersey City and moved to Neptune when he was 12. While attending Monmouth College, he began work as an announcer for WJLK in Asbury Park. It was there that he first played a major role in Jersey Shore music history. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes were holding their debut record release at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park and it was to be broadcast nationally on the radio. WJLK became the local outlet for the broadcast, which included 9 stations (mainly on the East Coast and Mid-West). That broadcast introduced The Jukes and The Stone Pony to the national stage.
In 1986, while working as the Stone Pony DJ, he helped found the organization Jersey Artists for Mankind (J.A.M.). Comprised of local musicians like Southside Johnny, Glen Burtnick, Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons, Max Weinberg, and Garry Tallent, (Springsteen on guitar), the group recorded the song "We Got The Love" to help raise money for food banks and other charities. Arista Records released the single, which sold over 300,000 copies worldwide, and the video was seen throughout the world.
Over the years, Mrowicki has been known as much for his charital work as for his musical knowledge. He's organized benefits for such organizations as Toys for Tots, the Make a Wish Foundation, and World Hunger Year, to name a few. In 2003, Lee's work earned him a nomination to the NJ Governor's Advisory Council for Community Service & Volunteerism.
These days, Lee keeps himself busy and remains a major part of the Jersey Shore music scene by spinning tunes at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park as well as occasional gigs at the Pony. The Penguin and Mrowicki are currently building a syndicated network of online and FM stations for the "Beyond the Palace" radio show. The show is available to stations free of charge. For more information contact info@ThePenguinRocks.com
The "Beyond the Palace" radio show was created by Gary Wien, author of "Beyond the Palace" — the first comprehensive look at the history of rock music in Asbury Park. The show features songs from classic Jersey Shore artists like Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny to newer artists like The Gaslight Anthem and Rick Barry. The show originates Thursday nights at 8pm and 11pm (EST) on http://www.ThePenguinRocks.com/
About The Penguin Rocks
ThePenguinRocks.com is an online radio station run by Wine Time Media that broadcasts out of Belmar, NJ. The station's motto is "We don't follow the charts... we make our own." In addition to its regular new music playlist, the station features several original and syndicated shows each week. Shows include: "Beyond the Palace", "Lazlo's Den" by Lazlo of Blowupradio.com, "Rock 'N Roll Gas Station" with Jim Testa, "Radio Show with dw dunphy," "Best of British Unsigned," "Sideways With A Badger," "Deuce Radio Show," "Classic Artists Today," and "Rock On Radio with Danny Coleman." For more information on the station, please visit the station's website at http://www.ThePenguinRocks.com/