In Syracuse, 62WHEN was the first radio station in Syracuse to use a staff meteorologist for daily local forecasting during the morning and afternoon drivetime periods. Joe Zona, during the early 1980's, was one of WHEN's most recognized broadcast personalities. Early on in his tenure at WHEN, Joe provided both the morning and afternoon drive forecasts that were heard by thousands of Central New Yorkers commuters each day on their way to and from work. Though Joe's forecasts were local, his actual broadcasts originated from the studios of Weather Services, a forecasting company based just outside Boston in Bedford. In addition to 62 WHEN, Joe was also heard on numerous other stations around the country, including WEEI in Boston and WMAL in Washington, D.C. Other meteorologists who also regularly contributed forecasts during this time were... Ken McKinley, Paul Delegatto, Todd Glickman, Gary Best, and Wayne Barnes
In this photo, taken in the spring of 1982, Joe is seen here along with WHEN air personalities (l/r) Peter King, Jay Flannery, (Zona) & Morning Man, Ray Diorio.
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