Andre (1990-Present) - Born in Astoria Queens (back in the day) - Aquarian. married to wife jen and father to my little pumpkin Ava who was born on Halloween Day 2003. I grew up in Queens,Westchester,Long Island,...still growing up btw (lol). Went to NY Tech in Old Westbury...degree in communication arts.
I started at 92.7 wdre in 1990 (nov) survived about 15 format changes and still work for jarad broadcasting today (tmo)currently on the air at 107.1 Lir from 10a -2p (flashbacklunch at noon) and I'm the station's Operations Manager/Music Director (until 1/2008). I also am the Program Director of Party 105.3 and do a airshift from 2-6p (i do it all dont i) I had the privelage of interviewing...Dave Gahan of DM ,Seal,Joey Ramone,Liz Phair,Boomer Esiasan,Joe Piscopo Big fan of the Mets,Jets,Knicks,and Isles....and I love chinese food!!! (chicken brocoli, white rice).
John Daniels (1997-2004) - Long Island born & raised; graduate of Cornell University. Started at WLIR as an intern in '97, left seven years later as Program Director. Over the years, I also was producer of The 'LIR Morning Show (three incarnations: Chambers & Kenyon, with Drew Kenyon as solo host, and The All-Request Morning Show with Malibu Sue), Traffic & Continuity Director, Director of Promotions, and more. Anchored middays (10a-3p) on 'LIR from 2000 to 2002, when I also became Program Director at sister station 98.5 The Bone, where I did afternoons (3p-7p). I was also involved with Party 105.3 since it's sign-on in 1998, in programming, and also on-air. Did my final shift on 92.7 on 12/13/03, signing off with The Cure's "Love Song." Over the years at 'LIR, I had the pleasure of working with so many talented people--too many to mention; many became close friends. I got to interview John Mayer, Dido, The Sopranos' Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Train, Vertical Horizon, Howard Jones, and many more. Now, I'm PD at Island 94.3 (WMJC-FM) on Long Island, along with many former 'LIR staffers, including Malibu Sue and Rob Rush. I'm also on-air afternoons, 3p-7p. I'm also praying for the NHL lockout to end soon, and for The Stanley Cup to make its next appearance in an Islanders uniform!
Danny Toy (1980,1987-1991) - I started at WLIR when I was in high school, answering phones on "The Airline" overnight during Bob Waugh's shift. John DeBella and Mark Drucker would arrive for mornings, and Carol Silva (News 12, LI) did the news. But it took me until 1997 to actually get hired (during the final two weeks of WLIR) and on the air, on Day One of WDRE.
While it was a very difficult time for hardcore LIR listeners to buy into and adjust to DRE, it was a very exciting time for those of us involved in getting the station on the air. We weren't exactly sure when the transmitter would be ready to go, so we were all sort of sleeping wherever we could find a spot, anticipating the launch of this new station with a built-in heritage, and ground-breaking format and the knowledge that Denis McNamara would lead us through the dark. (There were literally light fixtures hanging from open ceiling tiles when we went on the air in a space that was under construction.)
For the first few weeks, all we had to play were tracks from Maxx' personal record collection, and carried the anxiety of fulfilling the expectations of our listeners by keeping the station creative, and purely about the music. As an "outsider" I think I may have carried a bit more anxiety than my former LIR colleagues. Through 1991, working middays, mornings and nights, it was the greatest creative experience of my on-air career and was one of the greatest sources of professional camaraderie.
After DRE I got into production and syndication, working in a few different formats including SONY's SW Networks for awhile. When I was in between gigs, I did voiceovers, ski reports, beach reports...basically anything to stay on the air, before landing at Westwood One where I've spent the past ten years in programming, sales and management.
I echo Ben Manilla's sentiments entirely, on the current sad state of radio, on my appreciation for being a small piece of 92.7 history and in thanking you for letting us be a part of your lives.
Liquid Todd (1991-200?) - Liquid Todd started his radio career at 92.7 (WDRE at the time) in 1991 answering Malibu Sue's phones four hours a week. Todd nabbed an internship in the production department working for Dennis Daniel and ended up playing several parts in morning show skits written by the talented Steve Morrison, WDRE's staff comedian whom Dennis brought over from WBAB. Daniel was a hot property so WDRE built him a state-of-the-art 8-track production studio. Under Daniel, Todd became a production hotshot and frequently covered for the boss when he was ill - cutting spots, IDs, comedy bits, promos - everything.
Todd later put this training to use when he landed his first full-time radio gig as the Production Director at WCHZ (Channel Z) in Augusta, Georgia where Todd also started his first Saturday night mixshow. After nine long, hot months in the deep South, Todd was rescued by legendary WFNX, Boston Program Director Kurt St. Thomas. Todd started as Creative Director and was later promoted to Assistant Program Director. Along the way he launched two speciality shows, Spin Cycle - a live mixshow broadcast from club Axis on Saturday nights - and Product - a one-hour Sunday-night downtempo show. DJ Todd became Liquid Todd at WFNX.
In 1997 LT was hired by then-PD Steve Kingston to create a new mixshow at 92.3 K-Rock (WXRK-FM) in New York City. Solid State was born on April 6, 1997 and has been on the air for nearly eight years now - winning awards and garnering critical acclaim from all over the world. In addition to hosting Solid State, Liquid Todd works at Sirius Satellite Radio where he helps program two channels: Boombox/61 - a station Todd created from the ground up along with the talented folks in Sirius' programming department - and Chill/64 which he also images. Todd hosts The Liquid Todd Show on Alt Nation/21 Friday nights from 9pm-mid EST on Sirius as well.
Rob Rush (1998-2003) - Rob Rush started at WLIR in October of 1998. After spending five years working there (he also hosted the midday show for LIR sister station 98-5 The Bone, and was the station's production director) he joined Jon Daniels, Malibu Sue, and his old friend Sean Lynch at The New Island 94-3, where he currently hosts the night show and is the assistant production director for
the four station cluster (Island 94-3. KJOY, B103 & WHLI 1100 AM)