October 21, 2014
WRAT-FM announces “East Side” Dave McDonald as joined the RAT Morning Show. He began his new position on 9/15/14. He joins 18 year Rat Rock veteran Carl Craft and morning sidekick, Gotts.
A native of Monmouth County, McDonald grew up in Spring Lake, NJ and now resides in Neptune.
His past credits include a stint as producer for the Ron and Fez show on SIRIUS XM as well as guest appearances on the Opie and Anthony show. McDonald also had his own radio show called the Davey Mac Sports Program XL. Following several television appearances on shows like TLC’s America’s Worst Tattoos and “truTV presents, Worlds Dumbest…,” Dave kicked around the comedy scene and ended up at 95.9 WRAT-FM.
“Dave has been a great addition to the show. He’s got the fun, upbeat vibe that the show craves without being fake or over the top. He’s totally fitting in with me and Gotts and so far the listeners have welcomed him to their favorite morning show. It’s funny how personally they’ve taken it, going so far as to “welcome him to The Rat” at our first public appearance last Friday” ,said Carl Craft, WRAT-FM Program Director and Morning show co-host.
October 16, 2014
Greater Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter H. Smyth was featured among the honorees at the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts Annual Luncheon Gala, sponsored by the Library of American Broadcasting. The event took place on Thursday, October 16th at Gotham Hall in New York City.
The honorees were recognized for their contributions to the media industry in the last half century.
“I am so honored and humbled to be recognized among the Giants of Broadcasting,” said Greater Media Chairman and CEO Peter Smyth. “As broadcasters, we have a responsibility to preserve the past, while embracing the future for the next generation of broadcasters. As technology continues to provide exciting new opportunities in the radio and television industries, we need to look for innovative ways to provide our listeners, viewers and advertisers with the very best entertainment experience possible.
Other individuals recognized for their outstanding contributions at the event included Pablo Raúl Alarcón Sr., Raúl Alarcón Jr., David Barrett, Regis Philbin, Chuck Scarborough, Fred Silverman, Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill and Sylvester L. “Pat” Weaver and Virginia Forwood Pate Wetter.
The distinguished honorees join the ranks of 170 Giants, including industry founders Guglielmo Marconi, David Sarnoff of RCA and NBC, William S. Paley and Frank Stanton of CBS, Leonard Goldenson of ABC, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Philo T. Farnsworth, H. V. Kaltenborn, Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Arthur Godfrey, Paul Harvey, Charlie Rose, Ken Burns, Johnny Carson, Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Christiane Amanpour, Lowry Mays and Tim Russert.
THE Library of American Broadcasting is located at the University of Maryland and is entering its 42nd year serving as the national information resource for the radio and television industries as well as the academic communities that rely upon it for depth and expertise. The Library’s collections of historic documents, professional papers, oral and video histories, books and photographs are among the most extensive in the nation.