Deejay Starr Exits WNEW
Lonne Starr, long-time WNEW deejay here, left that outlet last week as the result of staff assignments.
Dick Partridge has taken over Starr’s 11:30 a.m. to noon time period with a new show “Meet The Boys,” featuring male vocalists. Starr’s afternoon time–2-4 p.m. has been split between Bob Landers–now on from noon to 3 p.m., and Partidge, 3-4 p.m.
Pete Myers’ evening show has been changed to 8-10 p.m., and new jock, Jean Michel goes on an hour later, 10: p.m.-midnight. The rest of the schedule remains the same.
Editor’s Note: Lonny Starr’s departure from WNEW and his hiring by WINS, followed soon after he was invited by the Manhattan District Attorney to testify to a Grand Jury about allegations that DJ’s were taking “payola” from record pluggers. Starr was never accused of wrong-doing. WNEW’s management declined to elaborate.
Billboard, Feb 27, 1961
As a late-night Deejay, what are the outstanding programming requisites for a late-night disc jockey?
LONNE STARR – WINS
“The all-night WINS man has to deliver a program that stays within the framework of the same sound the station delivers throughout the day–with a few modifications to satisfy night-time listeners who tend to have more extreme feelings toward everything they hear. Music a daytime listener would like, a nighttime listener is ecstatic over, and conversely when a night owl doesn’t like something–beware–he’s ready to come up and wrap the microphone around you.”