J.R. Russ, 2004.
J.R. Russ goofing around with XM Indy Trophy
J.R. Russ of J.R. Russ Programming & Research has over thirty years experience as an air talent, Production Director, Program and Operations Director for radio stations in Indiana, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Buffalo N.Y. and Michigan.
J.R. was heard on a number of Top 40 and CHR-formatted stations in the '70's and '80's, including WPGC and WAVA in Washington D.C. In later years, J.R. was a news editor and reporter for the TSM (now CN8) TV news network in New Castle Delaware. He also hosted a four hour segment on The Shoppers Club of Northern Virginia, a pioneer home shopping channel serving 50,000 homes in 1989.
From 1989-1991, J.R. fed up to 30 one and two minute live ski reports to radio and TV stations throughout the east and Midwest, including WGY, KDKA, & WRVA. And, J.R. owned an independent auto dealership from 1998-2001.
Today, J.R. is a freelance Voiceover talent for a dozen TV stations and agencies. He continues his avid funding of OPEC by driving between Philadelphia and XM Radio in Washington, D.C., on a regular basis, where he works in the "Live Games" sports area. J.R. also supports the Radio and TV Museum in Bowie, MD., and is a member of the BPOE (Elks).
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[Descriptions by Uncle Ricky from notes by J.R. Russ]
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J.R. Russ, WWSH FM106 Philadelphia Composite 1983-84 (08:47)
. . . what's all that echo there, you guys sound like you're at 98 . . .
In 1983, Following "terminal success" and his departure from WECK, Buffalo, J.R. landed in a top five market. Brought to the City of Brotherly Love by veteran programmer Bobby Rich, the station was poised to do battle with perennial A/C WSNI and Hot Hits powerhouse WCAU-FM.
Inspired early on by John Records Landecker of WLS and former WCFL jock Big Ron O'Brien, "J.R. Innanittime" continued to improve on a night jock act that started in Buffalo.
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Bobby Rich, WWSH FM106 Philadelphia, Last Day, 1984 (16:12)
. . . Real good, Feel good feeling . . .
The "Real good, Feel good feeling" of The Top FM-106 was short lived. Impatience of ownership and P.D. Bobby Rich's desire to return to the western U.S. lead to the announcement of his departure on April 4, 1984.The following Friday, Bobby did his last show, echoing the words engraved on a trophy from a sponsor who supplied small trophies for the morning show: "Philly ain't L.A." and advising incoming P.D. Steve Davis that he "had a tough act to follow". And night jock J.R. Russ agrees: "He was right...I had to follow him every night at seven."
There are things in this aircheck that only a PD with Bobby's talent and resume can do on a last day show. Listen as he plays "Beginnings" one more time, and lists the stations where he's used the song to say "goodbye". And, there are a couple of sentimental sets from contributor J.R. Russ in the last minute.
More to Come from The J.R. Russ Collection, introduced on July 15, 2007.
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