POTW: Happy Birthday, Lite 98.7! (2004)

November 20, 2009 by

UTICA-ROME -- Today is the 20th anniversary for Regent AC Lite 98.7 (WLZW).  For today's Picture of the Week, we're re-running an old POTW from the original, when the station celebrated 15 years on the air.  Also Inside: a rundown of the personalities-from-the-past who will be returning to the Utica airwaves for the "20th Anniversary Reunion Work Escape Weekend," and an announcement from your Editor.

From 2004, this screen shot from the original  The station held a Listener Appreciation Party to mark the occasion.  From left: former PD/afternoon driver Peter Naughton, morning man/MD Mark Richards and part-timers Amy Lynn, Suzanne Bennett, Kim Dunne, John Hawranick and Arlene Foster.

Celebrating the 20th

As reported earlier on, WLZW has been running liners from various "voices from the past," including longtime PD/morning man Randy Jay, former middayer Jeanne Ashley, former afternoon driver JP Hastings, and Naughton.

Current PD Eric Meier tells, "Lite 98.7 has been an important part of Central New Yorkers’ lives for 20 years. It’s been a real treat to be able to reminisce with our listeners, bring back some great memories from the past, and best of all award an amazing 20th Anniversary Prize Package."  The grand prize winner for that package -- which includes a week-long Caribbean cruise -- will be selected today.

And a special treat for listeners on the "20th Anniversary Reunion Work Escape Weekend" follows -- Meier tells all the above-mentioned personalities have graciously agreed to lend their voices for complete airshifts.  Here's the schedule:

Saturday, November 21:
6am - 10am: Randy Jay
10am - 2pm: Jeanne Ashley
2pm - 5pm: JP Hastings
5pm - 8pm: Peter Naughton

Sunday, November 22:
Noon - 3pm: Geoff Storm (former afternoon host)
3pm - 7pm: Peter Naughton

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Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

It's with much excitement -- but also in the interest of complete journalistic disclosure -- that I am announcing that I have accepted an offer to return to the WLZW air staff on a part-time basis.  Anyone else who has ever left broadcasting can probably agree -- after you leave it, you miss it.  While I have no plans to return to the business on a full-time basis, I remember how much I enjoyed my start as a part-timer, and I am looking forward to returning to that capacity.

Before accepting the offer, I did thoroughly consider the impact this affiliation may have on the coverage here at  That's why I posted an open poll for you, the readers, to see if you would approve.  An overwhelming majority of you voted for the option "Yes, it would be OK, but only if there is full disclosure," and I thank you for your support.  My promise for full disclosure is the primary reason for this open letter to you today.

Regarding the journalistic integrity of the site, and to ease any concerns from the small number of readers who voted against my working in radio, I submit the following for your consideration:

  • I will be working strictly as a part-time "every other weekend" air talent.  I will not have any other involvement with the station above or beyond that.
  • Anytime I publish future articles involving WLZW or other Regent stations, I will repeat a brief disclosure of my employment.
  • You may recall original editor Scott Jameson worked part-time for a Syracuse radio station while he operated this website.  There were no major conflicts or other issues then, so I am hopeful this next round will also be trouble-free.
  • There will be no "special treatment" towards WLZW or any discrimination against competitors.  If anything, this new role will force me to be extra careful to ensure coverage remains fair and accurate.  If you ever suspect I may be falling short on this promise, you can always e-mail me your concerns or post a public comment below any story.

Thanks again for your continued readership of, and for your support, whether it be in supplying news tips, helping with the Station Wiki, or both.  The e-mail box is always open for your comments, questions or suggestions.

Peter Naughton Editor

One comment on “POTW: Happy Birthday, Lite 98.7! (2004)”

  1. Just a short message to wish Lite 98.7 the best as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. As one of the original afternoon drive on-air personalities from when the station switched from Z-98.7 to Lite, I had the opportunity to work with Randy Jay, Jean Ashley and Scott Barrett. It was fun building the station in the early years and being able to work with such professional people. Their friendship, talent and professionalism has helped me over the years. It will be nice to hear their voices again as they help with the 20th anniversary.


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