Broadcast Pioneers member Andy Kortman was born and raised in South Jersey, where he resides today.
Andy's entree into the business was in 1982, when he formed his own mobile deejay company, "The Sound of South Jersey." In 1986, he joined the staff of 104.9 WRDR in Egg Harbor City, NJ as their afternoon host, replacing fellow member Jerry Stevens, who had moved to Trenton's 1260 WBUD. In 1987, Andy took over middays at 1260 WBUD in Trenton, NJ, following late member Nat Wright, who hosted mornings and once again replacing fellow member Jerry Stevens, who had left WBUD to take over the "Night Train" at 950 WPEN. Andy joined Greater Media's 950 WPEN/102.9 WMGK on Memorial Day weekend, 1988, serving as on-air swing man, production assistant and producer for both stations.
While waiting for a full-time gig at WPEN, Andy did on-air stints at 99.5 WJBR in Wilmington, De, KISS-100 in Media, Pa, Star 104.5 and Easy 101, as well as "The Talk Station" 96.5 WWDB, serving as production director before returning to 104.9 WRDR, Egg Harbor City, NJ as their morning man in 1998. One year later, WRDR was sold, but Andy had already been asked to take over mornings at 96.9 WFPG in Atlantic City, where he remained until fellow member Dean Tyler offered him his "dream job," mornings at "The Station of the Stars," 950 WPEN, again, a slot formerly held by Jerry Stevens.
Broadcast Pioneers member Andy Kortman
speaking at the Station of the Stars Tribute
Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon
at the Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
On September 1, 2004, WPEN changed to an oldies format and the on-air talent was replaced. Within several weeks, Andy formed Kortair Productions and began to produce his own brokered "adult standards" and Sinatra programs, weekends on 92.1 WVLT in Vineland NJ. Several weeks later, on December 6th, 2004, Andy moved his brokered "adult standards" program back to weekday mornings on 1360 WNJC in Washington Township, NJ in order to bring the "Great Stars, Great Songs" back to his former WPEN listeners. Andy picked up right where he left off at WPEN and successfully continued the "Andy Kortman Morning Show" until March of 2013, when he moved to Millville NJ's 1240 WSNJ, taking over middays.
In January of 2014, WSNJ was sold and became "SNJ Today." The new station owner hired Andy to take over mornings, playing music from the 70s-90s Monday-Friday 6-10am.
Andy spends his weekends at his 2nd home on Brigantine Island and enjoys classic ANYTHING, from cars to tv, movies to music. He is also a talented cook, a weekend "gourmand" of sorts and enjoys dining out, especially doing frequent lunches "downashore" with fellow members Dean Tyler, Tom Moran, Ed Hurst, Tom Lamaine, Joe Simone and Mel Klawansky.
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