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DJ Laz and Five Other South Florida Radio Personalities We Miss So Much

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 told NBC 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. 

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! 

2. Al B Sylk
There is no single radio personality more fantastic than Al B Sylk. Like Jill Tracey, he also appeared in the afternoons on 99 Jamz. He used to do something called the Roll Call. He'd start out saying, "What's up, y'all, so what's it gonna be? Now, who's on the line with your homey Al B.?" The caller would then pick up the rhythm and say something like "My name is Naquisha and I'm here to say, that I love Plantation every single day." It'd go on until someone fucked it up by giggling or going off-beat. Then the roll call would be "Rolly's in the House," and Al B would say, "Oh, baby, baby!" Followed by, "Trina's in the House." And so forth, ending in something like "and we can turn it out." It captured a slice of South Florida like nothing else in the world ever could. 

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. 

4. Ron (and not the other Ron)
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. 

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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