Wayne Cabot

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Wayne’s WCBS history began at 13 as an avid listener to the founders of Newsradio 88, as it was then called.  Almost four decades later, Wayne is listening still as the longest-tenured anchor at WCBS.

A Jersey guy, Wayne was born in Newark and lived all over the Garden State map: Union, Califon, Frenchtown, Trenton, Brick, Howell, Cranford, Springfield, and back to Hunterdon County where he lives with his childhood sweetheart and their two kids.

The call to radio began in high school when he overheard the radio club kids at Hunterdon Central whine about having to read news. Wayne’s hand shot up. That led to an internship at WCRV, the country and western station up Route 31 in Washington, NJ, and soon a job paying $2.90/hour.

The big 50,000 watt FM break came on Wayne’s 18th birthday when he began a short, painful career as WPST’s worst DJ ever. Program Director Tom Taylor kindly suggested Wayne might be more at home on their AM station, WHWH in Princeton.

Piecing together part-time paychecks, Wayne also reported in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania at WLEV and WEST in Easton before beginning college at Temple University in Philadelphia and transitioning to the legendary WFIL. He was hired by Jeff Caplan whom Wayne would replaced as news director (and would work with again at WCBS). While at WFIL Wayne also got redemption as a DJ a few times which, thanks to the internet, lives on at Famous56.com.

Wayne also reported news and hosted a call-in show down the hall at Power99FM, where he met the lowly prize guy who would become his boss at CBS radio, Marc Rayfield.

The week Wayne got his Temple diploma, he got his WFIL pink slip when the station was sold and the entire staff was dumped.

Auditioning for a job at the venerable KYW — and told there were no openings — Wayne turned on his way out the door and groveled to the manager that he’d be willing to travel to New York if there were openings at the Westinghouse station there. The manager smiled and said he’d pass that along. Wayne got a message three days later to call Steve Swenson at 1010 WINS. Today Swenson is in charge of all the CBS stations in DC, and that manager from Philly, Scott Herman, is in charge of CBS stations in New York and across the country.

After a year at WINS and decades at WCBS, Wayne is genuinely humbled to work among the industry’s best, both on the air and behind the scenes. Wayne is most proud of his involvement and the company’s generous support of such community giants as WHY Hunger, Special Olympics New Jersey, the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, and countless other charities. And he is grateful to WCBS News Director Tim Scheld for embracing the heart and spirit that makes WCBS part of the local community fabric. To that end, the fact that Tim and Wayne are fellow Deadheads is no surprise.

After anchoring PM drive for 17 years, Wayne got the call to mornings, 5-10 am, and traded his martini shaker for an alarm clock.

Wayne is keeping the martini glass not far from reach thanks to “News on the Rocks,”  an unplugged news and conversation podcast CBS-FM personality and longtime friend Patty Steele.

A true believer in the power of the radio, Wayne likes to quote the late Pete Fornatale of the great WNEW-FM:  “Radio is a miracle. You can define it artistically, scientifically or technologically, but snatching sounds out of the air and bringing them into our heads, our minds and our hearts is, was and always will be a miracle. Radio is a magic box. It is the most intimate form of communication that we have next to lovemaking.”


News On the Rocks: Ajit Pai – From His Transistor Radio, to FCC Chairman

A kid who grew up listening to radio is now in control of it. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was the child of immigrants from India who arrived in the United States with nothing but a transistor radio and $10.


Former New Jersey Gov. Dick Codey is interviewed by Wayne Cabot - New York, NY - Aug 4, 2011 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

Former New Jersey Gov. Dick Codey Talks Corruption, Presidential Politics, And More

Codey, never shy to speak his mind, didn’t disappoint when he stopped by WCBS Newsradio 880’s studios and spoke at length with afternoon drive anchor Wayne Cabot.


Ramapo Reservation - Mahwah, NJ - Jul 18, 2009 (credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

What Do You Think When You Think New Jersey?

That question evoked a wide-range of answers from people who took a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind phone survey as well as people who called into the WCBS 880 talkback line.


George Washington Bridge - Fort Lee, NJ (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

8 Bridges Hudson River Swim Kicks Off Friday Morning

The mighty Hudson River has eight major bridges starting from the mouth in New York harbor up to Catskill in the Hudson Valley.


June 2011 - In Review (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images; AP Photo/PATCH.com, Christopher Costa; Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880; Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

WCBS 880 Audiofile: June 2011 – The Month In Sound

Everything from the outrageous to the tragic happened in June. Take a listen.


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WCBS 880 Interview: What’s That Thingamajig Called?

Do you know what an aglet is? What about diastema? Or philtrum? Dr. Rod Evans does, and he wants to introduce you to more unusual words and terms.


Book Details Biggest Take-Down In Jersey Politics

All this week, WCBS 880 is rolling out tidbits from a juicy new book about the biggest take-down in the sordid history of New Jersey politics.


The Pogues In NYC…Catch ‘Em While You Can

If you’ve ever stepped into an Irish pub, chances are you’ve heard the Irish rock band, The Pogues, playing on the jukebox.


LI Teen Is Intel Science Competition Finalist With Sugar Addiction Research

Who says kids aren’t motivated? Local teens are finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search Project.


Did Cigarette Butt Lead To ‘East Coast Rapist’ Suspect’s Arrest?

What went into catching the ‘East Coast Rapist’ suspect?


Popular Music And Profanity

Are we listening to a lot of “radio-edit” songs nowadays?


When ‘The Dog Ate My Homework’ Just Won’t Cut It As An Excuse

Always late to work? A recent survey shows you are in the minority as more and more workers get to work on time.


NJ Woman Turns 110; Drinks A Glass Of Whiskey A Day

Break out the whiskey. Melva Radcliffe of Wall Township turned 110 on Thursday. New Jersey’s oldest resident said she drinks a glass of whiskey a day.


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Oil Expert Predicts Early Peak In Gas Prices

Gas prices are creeping up but one oil expert says he doesn’t predict prices to hit the 2008 level.


Pit Bull Pup Used As Bait In Fighting Ring Rescued

“Kelly” a black and white Pit Bull Terrier was found wandering the streets before being picked up by Animal Control. 3 New Jersey vets are aiding her recovery.


Egypt, Congressman Pics And National Anthem Topped Web Searches

It’s been an interesting week for web searching.


What Are The Best And Worst Songs Right Now?

The best songs you’ve never heard, and the worst songs you probably have in your iPod.


NJ State Senator Wants Death Penalty for Cop Killer

Under a proposed bill in the New Jersey legislature, cop killers would face the death penalty.


Tackling Our Fears, Anxiety in 2011

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The stress of the holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean the stress during our every day lives is any less. WCBS 880 Anchor Wayne Cabot talks with best-selling author Lucinda Bassett on how people can deal with anxiety. WCBS 880 Anchor Wayne Cabot talks with best-selling author Lucinda […]


Report: More People Moving Out Of New Jersey Than Other States

New report says folks moving out of New Jersey at a faster rate than the other contiguous 48 states.


NJ Senate Votes To Defy Christie On Medical Pot

By a 22-16 margin, senators sided Monday with activists who say the regulations are so restrictive that patients who can benefit from marijuana may continue to get it from illegal dealers.


Title card from the trailer for "The Soprano State"

New Documentary On NJ Corruption Hits Theatres

Governor Chris Christie is a hero, but few others are in a documentary about New Jersey that hits theaters tonight.