Edition #1290
Week of April 7, 2024

Station: WCBS-FM New York
Date: April 6-7, 1999
Time: 46:08 (unscoped)
       12:11 (scoped)

If anyone was the "soul" of WCBS-FM, it was Bobby Jay.

The Harlem native came over to 'CBS in 1986 after entertaining for 15 years at New York's WWRL. "Super Soul 16."

"We were the top Black station in the country," Jay told Newsday in a 2021 interview, "and not just New York. We were the most copied Black radio station too [because] we identified with our listeners and our listeners identified with us."

The man born Robert Jeffers was part of a doo wop group, the Laddins, in the 1950s before moving on to radio gigs in Georgia, Newark, Memphis and WGLI in North Babylon, New York.

 WWRL;s glory years featured a who's who of legendary R&B jocks. Among those taking a turn at the 'RL mic were Imotep Gary Byrd, Jeffrey Troy, Enoch "The Dixie Drifter" Gregory. Frankie "The Love Man" Crocker and "The Soul Server" Hank Spann. Hal Jackson, best known for his time at WBLS, and Chuck Leonard, WABC's first black DJ, did brief stints at 'RL. Throw in "Jerry B." Bledsoe and Rocky "Whirlin' Rocky G" Grace and you had some great entertainment at 1600kc.

Jay spent 19 years at WCBS-FM before the station fired all its jocks with the move to the Jack format in 2005. He did not return as a full-time jock when 'CBS returned to oldies two years later.

Enjoy Bobby Jay on WCBS-FM (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Bobby Jay on WCBS-FM (SCOPED) here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)

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