ASBURY PARK, NJ—(SBN)—SBN is providing a daily local newscast for a newly launched live music program being streamed via AsburyMusic.com, an Internet-only radio service based here. The music show is hosted by Lee Mrowicki, who has been the house DJ at the iconic Stone Pony in Asbury Park for 40+ years.
SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin is anchoring the newscasts from SBN’s Cherry Hill newsroom, with coverage of New Jersey news from around the state.
“It’s exciting for me to come full circle in my broadcasting career,” said Lubetkin, who returned to online audio and video 12 years ago when he launched The Lubetkin Media Companies, the parent of SBN. “Terrestrial radio stations are missing an incredible opportunity to engage their audiences with local news and music content, and Radio Jersey has a great chance to fill that void.”
The Radio Jersey program is broadcast Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. on AsburyMusic.com, and can also be heard through several Internet radio apps on mobile devices. The show will also feature guest reports from local musicians and other creative artists.
Lubetkin and Mrowicki first worked in radio together in the 1970s at Monmouth University’s student-run radio station, WMCX-FM, where Mrowicki was program director and Lubetkin was operations director.
They later joined WJLK-AM & FM (now known as 94.3 The Point), which at the time was owned by the Asbury Park Press newspaper and based in Asbury Park. Mrowicki worked in production and Lubetkin was a news anchor for the station.
Their most famous collaboration there came on May 30, 1976 when the station broadcast a live concert by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes from the Stone Pony. Mrowicki introduced the concert live from the club, and Lubetkin was the engineer in the station’s master control room for the broadcast.
Advertisers interested in sponsoring the three-minute newscasts should email SBN for rate card information.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. He refocused on multimedia journalism and podcast production after a long career in corporate branded journalism and public relations.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced a wide range of audio and video podcasts in his other role as managing partner of State Broadcast News’s parent, The Lubetkin Media Companies.
Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve also has reported on-camera and produces virtual conferences for NJSpotlightNews.org, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Earlier in his career, Steve reported on rock music at the Jersey Shore for the Asbury Park Press, and was a broadcast news anchor and production engineer for WJLK-AM & FM, then owned by the Press. He also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Red Bank Register, Shrewsbury, NJ.
You can email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.