Radio Jersey Marks First Anniversary
Lee Mrowicki, the legendary DJ from The Stone Pony, will celebrate the first anniversary of his weekday radio program, "Radio Jersey" on May 1st. The show airs Monday through Friday from 6pm to 8pm on AsburyMusic.com.
By: Asbury Music
The online program made its debut last year, featuring the music of New Jersey performers. The program is the only daily show that plays only the music of performers from the Garden State. It airs Monday through Friday from 6 to 8 pm eastern. The show is broadcast live at www.asburymusic.com, or accessed by using the "Tune In" app. Shows are also available on Mixcloud (https://www.mixcloud.com/
Radio Jersey also features reports from Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez, founding member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and member of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame; Mark McEwen, former CBS-TV, A&E, and WNEW-FM celebrity; Bob Makin, well known music journalist; and, R&B legend J.T. Bowen from the late Clarence Clemons' Red Bank Rockers, as well as news reports by Radio Jersey's award-winning news anchor Steve Lubetkin of State Broadcast News, with weather updates by Stella Mrowicki.
Lee Mrowicki states "New Jersey is so much more than just Springsteen and Bon Jovi. At first, I questioned that it might be difficult to do a daily show of only NJ music but then I realized there are so many talented performers, classic and current, that actually makes this show quite easy to do... with more discoveries of great music every day. It's absolutely amazing... new music from well known performers and from new performers alike... plus a library of some of the most fantastic music from the 50's to today in a wide variety of styles... all from New Jersey"
Although the focus is on the music itself, the reports by Bob Makin and the stories told by Vini Lopez, J.T. Bowen, and Mark McEwen make the show more interesting giving the audience insights into the remarkable experiences they have had in their lives.
Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez has given listeners tales of the early days of his musical life with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Red Bank Rockers' J.T. Bowen brings his spiritual outlook on life to the program, Mark McEwen, well known from his days on the legendary rock radio station WNEW-FM in NYC, as a television personality on CBS-TV, and the former host of A&E's By Request music show, relates exciting experiences, including stories about the late Barbara Bush, Whitney Houston, R&B legend Rev. Al Green, and his thoughts as a longtime Springsteen fan, among other stories.
Respected music journalist Bob Makin brings his "Makin Waves" report to the airwaves weekly, recently celebrating his 30th year of writing about local music scenes throughout the state.
Many New Jersey music stars have contributed audio greetings to Radio Jersey, including the E Street Band's Garry Tallent, Reagan Richards and Gordon Brown of Williams Honor, Hal B. Selzer of Joan Jett & the BlackHearts, Joe Mackievecki of Jackson Pines, Screamin' Steve Berlotta of the Sensational Soul Cruisers, Jack Scarangella of LaBamba & the Hubcaps, and Jim Babjak of the Smithereens, as well as Lisa Bouchelle, Bob Bandiera, Pamela Flores, Rosemary Conte, and Bruce Tunkel, with more planned to join in soon.
Lee adds, "The best thing about producing and hosting Radio Jersey is that we have the unique opportunity to give respect, support and exposure to NJ performers, those who have been making great music for many years as well as talented new performers. Radio Jersey is an extension of the work I have done live at the Stone Pony and WonderBar in Asbury Park. I simply can't think of anywhere in the world that has the talent today and through the years that we have here in New Jersey and I am proud to be able to be a small part of this remarkable musical community with our special show called Radio Jersey."
Radio station owner Gary Wien says, "Throughout the day, Asbury Music plays much more than just New Jersey artists, but our identity comes from the hundreds of Garden State artists played on the station. When Lee pitched us the idea for his show, it made perfect sense. Nobody knows more about the history of music in this area than Lee. We're proud to air his show each weeknight!"