For One Day, Local Radio Station WBNJ-FM Will Go Vinyl

Aug 06, 2018
Courtesy of: Bill Clanton Jr.

The concept of a disc jockey cueing up vinyl records and spinning them on the turntable has been long lost to technology. Now the process is all computerized, and that’s no different at WBNJ (91.9) FM in Barnegat Township – except for Sunday, Aug. 12, when from 1 to 6 p.m., the “Unforgettable” station will play songs entirely from vinyl records.

Bill Clanton Jr., operations manager, said the event celebrates the anniversary of the phonograph, which was on Aug. 12, 1877, when Thomas Edison completed the first such device.

“A lot has changed since those first recorded words of ‘Mary had a little lamb’ were spoken,” said Clanton. “This is our effort to preserve our New Jersey technological heritage.”

The station, which first went on air in 2010, has an “adult standard” format. Songs played range from the 1940s to current, covering genres including soft rock, jazz, swing, country, blues, doo-wop, soul, R&B, Broadway and novelty tunes.

“We’re going to stick to our usual format with the vinyl,” said Clanton. “I’m also fixing up the studio to accommodate this special occasion. This is going to be fun, like the olden days of radio that we grew up with. And if the record sounds scratchy, so be it.”

He said listeners can tune in on air at 91.9 FM, online at wbnj.org, or watch and listen live as WBNJ streams live video from the studio on Facebook and YouTube. E.E.

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