The word in the Twittersphere as of Tuesday was that DJ Laz and Power 96 were breaking up. After a 22-year love affair made in South Florida radio heaven, Laz says, he just wants to throw his alarm clock against the wall at 4 a.m. instead of going on the air. Well, that's what he toldNBC
Miami, at least. And who can blame him! Four in the morning is time to go to bed, not wake up!
We won't lie, we're gonna miss the shit out of one of South Florida's most unifying voices. Show us a person in the tricounty area who doesn't know of Laz, and we will show you a liar. Power 96 will go on, but what about us? How are we gonna make it? A look back at other former radio personalities we lived with and loved like family over the years will show us how.
1. Jill Tracey
Jill Tracey was a personal favorite because, well, we have almost the same last name. If you remember her from the late '90s and early aughts on WEDR 99 (jiggy, if you will) Jamz, she was the female voice of afternoon radio.
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Apparently, she moved out west to be part of a daytime reality show called Starting Over but is now back east with the Jill Tracey Show. If memory serves, she was down with like P-Diddy when he was just Puff Daddy. Maybe memory doesn't serve, since it's not on the web anywhere. Anyway, we loved you, Jill!
3. Cox on the Radio
Cox on the Radio had quite the name. He was on Power 96, Y-100, and Kiss FM. Catch this clip where Cox transitions into Ace of Base's "The Sign." Blast from the past.
My father's best friend drove me and his two sons to middle school every day in a convertible. We either listened to Ron and Ron or Neil Rogers -- who's coming up. It was while listening to these two morning radio misogynists that I learned the term "beaver." I hated Ron, and I hated Ron, but there was one Ron I hated more. All the men in Miami loved these two douches. I'm sure they're missed by them.
5. Neil Rogers
Now this was a guy everyone loved and loved to talk about. Rogers was gay and a big voice in South Florida. He made WIOD talk radio, speaking about sports and then basically anything else controversial going on. They called him the Gay Howard Stern. Uncle Neil was a character South Florida will never forget.