Fill-in's and Weekend Part-time
Al Bernstein's radio career has spanned more than three decades starting first in the suburbs surrounding New York City and then almost immediately to the city itself. When Al graduated college in 1974, he had already worked for five commercial stations and went on to his first NYC job just four months after school. "At the time I thought I knew everything about the business from my few years on-air at smaller local market stations. I quickly realized how wrong I was."
Over the next thirty-four years, Al's on-air radio career would take him to seven different radio stations including not only music formats but telephone talk radio as well. He would be hired by radio legends Scott Muni at WNEW-FM and Frankie Crocker at WBLS and would also spend twenty-three years at Lite-FM helping to turn it into the highest revenue generating radio station in the U.S. "I love radio and always have from the time I first heard Jack Lacy, Stan Z. Burns, and Murray The K on WINS and Ted Brown and Peter Tripp on WMGM." Al would go on to work side by side with other NY radio legends the likes of Dan Daniel, Rosco, Allison Steele, and Ed Baer. In fact Al has appeared on WCBS-FM's Radio Legends himself recently.
What is it that Al enjoys so much about radio? "The intimacy and spontaneity is unlike any other medium. One has to lose all their inhibitions and let their mind wander to be a success in this business. I love making people feel good about themselves and having them feel we know each other and are somehow friends, as though we play cards together everyday. It actually turns out to be good therapy for myself."
Al's NYC station appearances over the years include WQIV (Now WAXQ), WNEW-FM, WRVR, WBLS, WYNY (NBC), WKHK, and WLTW. "The more time I spend behind the mike the more humbled I become in realizing what companionship can mean to listeners."
Al is a native of Westchester and knows the area well. "Being with a heritage radio station such as WHUD brings me home to my roots. I feel as though I'm playing in my own backyard."
Al's voice has also appeared on many national radio and TV commercials over the years. For quite some time he was the radio voice that encouraged listeners to tune into the Montel Williams Television Show and voiced the television ads for both the Broadway shows Annie and Vanities, one of which won a Clio Award. He has also voiced national commercials for Columbia and A & M Records for such artists as Bob James, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, The Strawbs and others.