For the sixteenth year in a row, 90.5 The Night has taken top honors among area radio stations at the annual Asbury Park Music Awards ceremony, held this year on Dec. 8 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.
Brookdale Public Radio was once again named “Top Radio Station in Support of Live Music,” an honor it has claimed every year since 2001. Brookdale student and on-air personality Megan O’Shea was also named “Top Radio Personality in Support of Live Music,” while long-time 90.5 The Night disc jockey Rich Robinson received the Asbury Park Music Awards’ prestigious Living Legend Award.
“I am humbled by the win for the station and the wins for my coworkers,” said station manager Thomas Brennan, following the win. “Having all of this great local music to play and all of these local venues to experience live music in makes it easy for us to promote all that is happening on the Jersey Shore.
Over the past four decades, The Night has earned a reputation for backing the efforts of local artists, giving unsigned musicians a platform to be heard and helping them reach new audiences beyond Monmouth County.
The station also hosts a variety of free local concerts and community events, including the annual “Songwriters on the Beach” program in Belmar. The free concert series, which pairs local musicians with national acts each summer, was also nominated for the Asbury Park Music Awards’ “Best Thing to Happen in 2015/16” honor.
For O’Shea, the accolades are simply a reflection of the passion and dedication shown by all 90.5 The Night staff members, and their genuine love for local artists.
“To my local music loves: I do what I do because you guys put your heart and soul into the music,” said O’Shea, in a public Facebook post following the win. “Y’all make it way too fun and easy to support you. Keep rocking!”
Brennan went on to thank the supporters and fans who voted for the station in the run-up to this year’s awards ceremony, offering listeners a unique prize giveaway in honor of the occasion.
“From now until Dec. 13 we’ll be giving away a 90.5 The Night thumbdrive full of music from local acts that we play at the station,” Brennan said. “For a $20 donation you can be a part of our celebration of 16 years as the Top Radio Station in Support of Live Music.”
To learn more visit 90.5thenight.org or call 732-224-2492.
[Featured photo: “Living Legend” Rich Robinson hosts his daily program on 90.5 The Night]