In 8th grade I started my own “radio station” when I began doing the morning announcements over the school PA system. In addition to announcing all the important news of the day (“Today’s lunch choices includes beenie-weenie casserole!”), I would play a song or two and work a few jokes in as well. Think Bill Murray’s character in “Meatballs” and you get the idea.
I decided to put a suggestion box in the office for people to make requests. One day I received a very specific request. “We want to hear live coverage of TJ getting hit by a bus.” Needless to say I was very popular. But I didn’t want to let me “fans” down, so I took my cassette recorder, a blank tape, and my microphone and rode my bike to the busiest highway intersection I could find, and with the sound of cars whooshing by at high speed, I acted out the greatest traffic accident the Jersey Shore had ever seen – or heard.
The following Monday at 7:55am I cracked the mic and said, “As requested, here is live coverage of me getting hit by a bus.” I played back the tape, and as it ended I swear you could hear the thunderous applause all the way down the block. Always give the people what they want.
Thirty-something years later and I still aim to please, and fortunately it’s less getting hit by buses and more playing Jersey’s Greatest Hits on 100.1 WJRZ!
Cristina Lang – ‘JRZ Shore Traffic
Cristina Lang is loving her role helping TJ Bryan’s commuters! “Tina” is one of the most familiar and trusted traffic reporters, a fixture on local airwaves for 27 years.
A graduate of Seton Hall University, Cristina broke onto the airwaves as WSOU changed college radio. In addition to traffic reporting, Cristina provides news and weather reports, has DJ’d and worked as a local television host including a local classic, “Rascals Comedy Hour.”
Cristina is active off the airwaves, hosting events for Special Olympics NJ and volunteering with the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. She is currently the President of the Woman’s Club of Somerset Hills and an active volunteer with the PTO and seems to be at school more than her kids. Together with her husband, WABC TV’s John Del Giorno, they have 3 kids who spend much of the time in the Ocean Acres section of Manahawkin with their grandfather.