When Bob Miller was just a youngster, back before they had things like the wheel and, ya know, fire, all he could dream about was one day playing 3rd base for the Chicago Cubs. He was obsessed. Then, his father, realizing that dream was probably never going to happen, sat him down and said, “Son, playing professional baseball takes determination, talent and perseverance, none of which you possess in great quantity. Why not just become a disc jockey” And, so it began.
After making stops and spinning vinyl at radio stations all along the eastern seaboard, Miller finally settled on The Hudson Valley where he met his lovely wife, Michele, who begged and pleaded with him never to tell her parents what he actually did for a living. He listened and honored that request and they both went to their graves thinking he was big time fire-eater with Barnum & Bailey.
No, he never played pro baseball but he did spill a beer on Pete Rose once at Wrigley Field. (true) and remains The Cubbies #1 fan. Miller is extremely superstitious. He hates odd numbers, plastic forks and socks, among a million other things.
Miller’s radio idol is, and has always been, Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of “The 9th Caller.”
Wake up with Bob Miller weekday mornings right here on 92.9 WBPM.
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I’ve been playing the hits for the last 48 years, since my first radio job at WTLB in Utica in 1976. After WTLB I landed my second job at WPTR in Albany. With the station being 50,000 watts, It was a regular thing to receive requests from listeners in Canada, and along the east coast.
In 1978 my first full-time radio job brought me to WDOT in Burlington Vermont. I worked the night shift, which also included running the control board for Yankee games.
After Vermont, I returned to the Hudson Valley, and have been there ever since, working at WHUC and WRVW in Hudson, WCKL and WCTW in Catskill, WGHQ and B-94 in Kingston, Q-92 and WKIP in Poughkeepsie, and WGY and WGY-FM in Albany.
Over the years I’ve enjoyed the many types of music I’ve played, gathered, wrote, and read the local news, spent a couple of years doing traffic reports, and appeared at hundreds, if not thousands, of parades, community events, grand openings, and other remote broadcasts.
I grew up and continue to reside in Columbia and Greene Counties, and have always considered the Hudson Valley my home.
Two of my greatest thrills, as a radio person, was in 1976, when I traveled to NYC and met both Dan Ingram on WABC and Imus on WNBC.
One interesting note, It was my job to pick the call letters when 92.9 first went on the air in 1999. After reviewing a list of the available choices, I picked WRKW because the station would have a rock format and RK seemed to fit.
After three years working in print media, I am very happy to be returning to Hudson Valley Radio, and especially happy to be a part of WBPM.
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As I write this update in July 2022… I’m so proud to be able to say that I’ve maintained a career in radio for amazed that I’ve been active in radio for over 36 years … 25+ of that has been spent in the Hudson Valley. I honestly thought I would be here for a couple years and wind up somewhere else … but I guess I really do live here now.
I’ve been doing the “Rolling Home Show” since the mid-90’s and it’s been crafted into something that I think is truly unique on radio. Sincerest thanks to those of you who have shared your enthusiasm for what I do weekday afternoons on WBPM. But that’s only a small part of what keeps me busy. Our morning guy, Bob Miller, jokingly and quite respectfully calls me “Serge” – short for Sergeant – because I’m also the WBPM Program Director, Music Director, Image Director, Promotions Director, manage our events / appearances and I host station appearances. Getting out of the studio and meeting our listeners is the most rewarding part of the job and I’m incredibly pleased with the success of WBPM as a result of my management and direction.
But everything I do for WBPM is my ‘second job’ here. My main responsibility is management of our Creative Services and Commercial Production Department and Frankenberry – one of our fill in personalities – is my assistant. Together, we are responsible for all of the commercials for all 9 of our radio stations so you will often hear us on commercials for local businesses on all of our stations. I’m also the Program Director, Music Director, Image Director and Promotions Manager for Magic 92.5 WGHQ AM and FM in Kingston which is a unique ‘kitchen sink’ nostalgia based oldies variety format that I developed. And there are a number of other things I’m involved with so there’s no shortage of stuff to keep me busy every day at work.
I learned … many years ago… that to succeed in this business, it’s got to be “in your blood”… but there is plenty of ‘free time’ in my schedule; I enjoy a wide variety of movies and a lot of TV shows – especially British TV shows … bike riding, bowling, billiards and tennis when I can find someone to play with.
I can remember being a little kid and being fascinated with what I heard coming out of the radio. But what really inspired me to pursue it as a career was the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati. It’s 40 years since that show debuted and it still stands up really well today by comparison to what happens here at WBPM… although we’re notably more professional. And I love the fact that the guy who did the end theme to the show sang rubbish lyrics because he knew that CBS would be doing continuity announcements over the show’s end credits when it played … so why bother writing real lyrics? Hilarious and brilliant.
Thanks for listening to 92.9 and 96.5 WBPM and I’ll be looking for you around town!
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Hey its JJ Carter and here are the Top 5 questions asked of me!
1) What does JJ stand for? I am not allowed to say under penalty of law.
2) Guilty pleasure? Chinese Food, S’mores and Lucky Charms
3) Name a secret about Bob Miller. He is really at White Sox fan. The Cubs thing is just a front. Kidding 🙂
4) Favorite Number- 23 is my favorite. My least favorite is the number on my banking statement.
5) Who is your favorite WBPM artist? Billy Joel and Neil Diamond
Further questions can be submitted in triplicate via email 🙂 Void in Wisconsin
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Hello there. I’m Jimmy Lyles (aka Jimmy “Cadillac” Lyles if you ask Bob Miller) and I absolutely love playing great music for you on the radio! I think the BEST time to listen to 92.9 WBPM is from 1pm-6pm on Saturday afternoons… but I’m partial (hint: that’s my weekend time slot!) Besides weekends, I also get the opportunity to sit in for JJ Carter and the Ran-Man… but most often, I’m the guy you’ll see around town at most of WBPM’s events! (or eating dinner with the Ran-Man at Smoky Rock BBQ in Rhinebeck!)
Some fun facts:
– I own a DJ & Photo Booth Company named Jimmy Lyles Productions (clever, huh?)
– I’m the Executive Director of a national touring dance organization, Coast 2 Coast Dance Across America… which has allowed me to teach and DJ in all 50 United States
– My favorite vacation spot is Disney World in Florida
– The way to my heart is cheeses and meats… just in case you are looking for Christmas or Birthday presents (mine is November 16th!)
– I was born and raised right here in the Hudson Valley and I’m thrilled to make this great place my radio home!
Have some thoughts, questions, or comments? Send me an email at: [email protected] or visit my website at www.jimmylyles.com and let’s chat!
And last but not least, I always end each show with a little reminder to “be kind to one another… will ya?”
Frankenberry here, weekends and mornings for Bob Miller when he’s downtown answering questions and wondering who’s going to post bail this time. I’m also a production guy who builds a lot of the commercials and promo’s you hear (sorry about the commercials part).
Radio for me started at Waynesburg College close to Pittsburgh in 1982, continued in the Grad School days at West Virginia University, also close to Pittsburgh and it made me money for the first time at WDVE and WXDX in Pittsburgh even closer to Pittsburgh (early to mid 90’s). There was one other radio stop after that, Dayton Ohio, before I took a break from radio while doing a wide range of things from tending bar, to checking in guests, or lugging luggage, or serving drinks at a Beachside resort, to wearing tights and a big ass plastic head that afforded quite the view at that same beachside resort, to selling books, baking cookies and scones, pawning a great portion of my CD collection and even a freelance gig where I get the credit of “grip” on the end of broadcast scroll. That’s kinda cool actually.
Once back in radio, which was here in Hudson Valley, I worked at a number of stations, from K-104 to WPDH to Mix 97 to The Wolf and now WBPM. I’ve done overnights, afternoons, weekends and a well rated morning show, jocked at multiple formats, ran a station, been fired twice…then I landed here. 14 years and counting here in the Valley, 3 years now with Pamal and WBPM. You might know me. If not. Frankenberry here.
Weighing in at 6 foot 2 220 pounds, it’s the new kid on the block Johnny B.
Johnny began his audio journey at the Institute of Audio Research in New York City. After graduating he had the opportunity to intern at multiple radio stations, record labels, and independent studios, and in July 2022, WBPM became his new home. Johnny loves to surround himself with three things, great music, great food, and great people! He is looking forward to his journey with WBPM and it’s amazing audience!
Hi I’m Steve Shannen and It’s great to be part of the WBPM Weekend Crew. The nice thing about being
on the weekend’s is I get to present the many special weekends we bring you throughout the year. Of
course on these special weekends we play the biggest hits of all time. But there are many songs that are
exclusive to the weekends that bring back many memories.
I’m married to my wife Serina who is a native of Saugerties and have a son and a daughter Stephen and
Shannen Respectively. When not on the radio I work for Allstate Insurance and during my free time I can
be seen in front of the TV rooting for the Yankees, New York Football Giants, New York Rangers and
sadly the New York Knicks(although they are playing better this year).
Hey Everybody, Chris Morgan here. I’m the new kid on the block, but music and radio have been at the core of my very being since I was a kid (sorry that was over dramatic).
I’ve always had aspirations of being on the radio, every since my college days at Nyack College on WNYK, playing a ton of 90’s pop and hip-hop. Since then, I’ve been a DJ, a basketball, football, lacrosse and hockey public address announcer, a trivia host, a karaoke MC, a voice over artist, and a huge comic book nerd.
Favorite Food-Pizza and Wings
Favorite Sports Team-The New York Yankees
Favorite Comic Book Character-Batman
Favorite Movie-Back To The Future
Favorite Decade-The 80’s
Favorite Artist-Anything Queen, Prince, or Michael Jackson
If I’m not watching the Yankees from section 208 (season tickets baby), I’m on WBPM Sundays from 9AM-1PM. Let’s start our Sunday’s together, and thanks for listening to 92.9 and 96.5, WBPM!!
First of all…Thank you for listening to 92.9 and 96.5 WBPM!
I first got my start in radio back in 1981 when I broadcasted LIVE from my bedroom, playing songs off of cassette tapes and reading off school delays and cancelations via my Radio Shack microphone…but I only read those announcements on days when I was NOT in School…Why? Because I had to be in School…Lol!
I have always had a passion for talking on the microphone and wanted to host my own radio program and the truth is when I was a kid (on snow days only) I would pretend to be the morning DJ (like Miller) and read off delays and cancellations.
For me…radio is ALL about you! The listeners! Donna G once told me “You ALWAYS sound like you LOVE what you do…You really do…don’t you?” I told Donna as I gave her a great big hug, “ABSOLUTELY!”
I truly love connecting to our listeners by sharing stories, bringing back memories with you about certain songs and keeping it local!
I love radio sooooo much that I actually work for 1 other radio station right here in the Hudson Valley! These stations along with being married to my awesome wife Amy for 20 years (and counting) and running our own DJ company right here in the Hudson Valley keep me (us) VERY busy!
We are also VERY well known for our Buzzer Trivia nights throughout the Hudson Valley. We have won BEST Trivia night with Hudson Valley Magazine for 2 years in a row at two of our locations! Check out our website for the complete list for times and locations! DJTonyFlash.com
When you have a second, I would love to hear from you! Drop me an e-mail at any time. My email address is [email protected]