Legacy WNEW Radio Personality Bob Jones
Bob Jones joined WNEW-AM in 1973. Growing up in New Haven CT. he listened to Martin Block, William B. Williams and Art Ford. According to Bob, “by the time I was eleven I wanted to do The Milkman’s Matinee, it was always my goal”.
In 1976 Bob took over the evening slot replacing Bob Hickok on “The Nightmare Show”. Soon Bob started to transform the time slot: “I brought my own personal copy of “The Milkman’s Matinee” theme and played 50 of the greatest records I could think of starting with “Because of You”.
The next day the secretaries told me that the phones did not stop ringing all night. Who was that guy playing all the wonderful music? Every time I did the show I called it “The Milkman’s Matinee”, pretty soon there was a “Milkman’s Matinee” again. In 1980 Bob left “The Milkman’s Matinee” to host the evening edition of “The Make Believe Ballroom”.
Bob Jones attributed his success at WNEW to veteran of the early days at the station. He maintained that: “What I know about music programing I learned by listening to WNEW and about presentation I learned from Williams and Ford and Block”. Bob continued on at WNEW until 1986 prior to the stations closure. In 1994 Bob Jones would join the WNEW replacement station WQEW alone with other former WNEW talent Bill Quinn and Jonathon Schwartz. WQEW shut down operations in 1998.
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“I just think it’s criminal,” he said in 2003, “that in New York City, you can’t hear Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald on the radio.”
Bob passed away on December 29, 2012, he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma several years earlier.