The Z100/New York Reunion ... Amazing Memories
A Celebration Of Great Radio
February 28, 2011 at 5:04 PM (PT)
Approximately 150 former and present Z100/NEW YORK staffers gathered together for what has been described as "an amazing reunion" this past weekend (SATURDAY, 2/26) at MICHAEL ANTHONY's in JERSEY CITY, NJ. The event was the brainchild of KATZ GROUP SALES VP/Sales MIKE "MIKEY D" DONNELLY, former on-air sidekick to CHIO THE HITMAN.
The Z100 REUNION commemorated the launch of arguably one of the most important Top 40 stations in radio history. Z100 went on the air at 6:08a on AUGUST 2nd, 1983 with PD/morning show host SCOTT SHANNON, playing "Eye Of The Tiger" by SURVIVOR. Within just 74 days of signing Z100 on the air, the station went from "Worst To First" in the ARBITRON ratings in NEW YORK CITY.
SHANNON, now CITADEL VP/Programming and co-host of SCOTT & TODD at crosstown WPLJ, told ALL ACCESS, "I have never been fond of wallowing in the past and have avoided radio reunions like the plague, but I didn't want to miss this one. It was a magical evening for me. Seeing the folks we stood shoulder to shoulder with in 1983 was a surreal event. So many of the folks had their original Z100 jackets, hats and pins on. There were representatives of every era and team that operated Z100. I just wish TOM POLEMAN and SHARON DASTUR had been there as they have my respect for the great job that they do with Z100."
One of the evening's highlights was the assembly of the original Z100 MORNING ZOO starring SCOTT SHANNON, ROSS BRITTAIN (now mornings at WOGL/PHILADELPHIA), CLAIRE STEVENS and JOHN BELL ... everyone but J.R. NELSON, who passed on, and Sports Director/Baby DJ "CAPTAIN KEVIN" SMITH, who lives in CALIFORNIA and couldn't attend. SCOTT introduced everyone and spoke eloquently of the importance of Z100 and how special a place it was to work. He also paid homage to his wife TRISH, who he called his MVP.
SHANNON added, "You couldn't have asked for a better replay of history than "Radio's Best Friend" ART VUOLO's four-hour video retrospective of Z100. Everything from the sign-on through our concerts, and GOOD MORNING AMERICA appearances. Every stage of Z100. It was phenomenal." Check out ART's site, www.vuolovideo.com, for details on how to purchase it, after MARCH 1st, for just $29.95 with $3 shipping & handling.
So Many Radio Greats All In One Room
Other notables included former GM and now NEXT MEDIA GROUP Pres. JEFF DINETZ, former PD and current CORTONA MEDIA Pres. STEVE KINGSTON, wife and former Z100 and WPLJ morning personality PATTY STEELE, SIRIUS/XM VP/Programming KID KELLY, former MD and current WKTU morning man PAUL "CUBBY" BRYANT, ex-Z100 and current WKTU afternooner HOLLYWOOD HAMILTON.
KINGSTON told ALL ACCESS, "I was both elated and humbled by the presence of the many talented members of the Z100 team that attended last night's reunion; from SCOTT, to ELVIS DURAN, to MO BOUNCE, SHARON and TOM and those who currently carry the torch, the media institution that is Z100 is a testament to the most talented and hardest working staff that has consistently risen to the top of the ratings race and the EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. And, since 1982, has defined the gold standard of contemporary music and entertainment content on any medium. I am honored and privileged to be considered one of them. And it was especially gratifying to say to SCOTT, following his lengthy speech, 'Stop jaw jacking'!"
Also present: former Z100 Promotion Dir./now ATLANTIC SVP/Promotions KEN LANE; former assistant to SCOTT SHANNON and STEVE KINGSTON and current assistant to ATLANTIC Chairman COO JULIE GREENWALD, CATHY DONOVAN; ex-Z100 night jock and current WRDW (WIRED 96.5)/PHILADELPHIA morning man CHIO THE HITMAN; ex-programming assistant ANITA BONITA (and part of the Morning Zoo's production, who played a key role in organizing this event); former night jock and current SIRIUS/XM personality HUMAN NUMAN; original engineer FRANK FOTI; plus other former Z100 notables such as original MD MICHAEL ELLIS, former MD and now PHASE ONE SVP/Business Development FRANKIE BLUE, ex-MD ANDY SHANE, former MD and current MEDIABASE Dir./Radio Client Services CHRIS AXL NEMETZ, air talents RENO, RAY ROSSI and JANET SNYDER, as well as former Promotion Dir. THERESA BYER.
There were stop-bys from: SIRIUS/XM's MIKE "BIG DADDY" ABRAMS, PRIESTLY and LOU SIMON ... all Z100 Alumni.
And the key Z100 staffers in the background who made it all happen, such as the members of the original Z100 Sales staff, Traffic & Continuity Dept., were all present as well.
From the current Z100 staff, morning star ELVIS DURAN, sidekicks DANIELLE MONARO, co-Exec Producer SKEERY JONES, and Exec. Producer DAVID BRODY, local Z100 Producer SCOTTY B., afternooner J.J. KINCAID, night jock MO' BOUNCE, late-nighter TREY MORGAN, Former weekend jock and current WKTU night jock and current Z100 MD JAGGER, CC/NEW YORK Dir./Marketing & Promotion DARREN PFEFFER, Z100 Production Dir. HAL KNAPP, Promotions Mgr. MARC RIVIECCIO, and weekender PHILL KROSS all paid their respects.