Alternative rock returns to airwaves

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RIO GRANDE -- South Jersey alternative/active rock station WJSE re-launched over the Labor Day weekend, offering the same music at a new frequency.

Coastal Broadcasting has acquired the call letters for WJSE, and will offer the same kind of music at 106.3FM. The former station went bankrupt, and has been quiet for years, according to Lane McKenna with the station’s promotions department.

A statement on the change said WJSE will play the best rock music from current bands, including No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Pearl Jam, Foster The People, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, and Neon Trees.

The improved FM signal will provide complete coverage for Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties along with coastal Delaware and Maryland, according to station officials. The station can also be heard at

“WJSE was the most listened to and best received rock radio station in our region over the past decade,” said Robert J. Maschio, president of Coastal Broadcasting Systems Inc. in Rio Grande. “It’s a true powerhouse radio station that is ready for the hundreds of thousands of rock fans in the region who are demanding a radio station that plays the music they want to hear.”

Several of the on air personalities at the station will be familiar, according to Coastal Broadcasting.

Marconi Award winning “The Bob and Tom Morning Show” will start each work day with comedy, comedic guests, sports, weather reports, and more. The Bob and Tom Morning Show has a longtime history of proven success and high listenership in South Jersey.

Anchoring the evenings on WJSE will be the highest rated evening rock disc jockey in South Jersey history, “Cool Guy” Rob Vanore. Vanore left the South Jersey radio market to take his act nationwide on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio and has returned back to the Atlantic City market.

Jimmy Mashio, on air as DJ Tanner, moves over from 98.7 The Coast WCZT, to anchor middays for WJSE.

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