Legendary New York City morning personality Jim Kerr signs a new five-year contract extension with iHeartMedia classic rock “Q104.3” WAXQ, which will keep him anchoring AM Drive through 2026.
Kerr joined WAXQ in January 2002 and was joined by longtime co-host Shelli Sonstein in October 2003. The duo has hosted mornings in the market for more than 40 years.
“Getting to work every day with one of the true legends like Jim is a joy and a privilege,” PD Eric Wellman said in a release. “Knowing he will be with Q104.3 entertaining our audience every morning along with Shelli lets me sleep better at night. Here’s to another five years with Jim Kerr.”
Recognized as the longest-running morning radio personality in New York City, Kerr has anchored wakeups on six stations in the market, most notably 18 years at WAXQ and 15 years at the former WPLJ, where he became New York City’s youngest morning show host at the age of 21. His market resume also includes mornings at former country “Y107” WYNY.
Prior to making the move to New York, Kerr served as an on-air personality at WDAI and WLS Chicago and at WKNR Detroit, after working on air at WORJ Orlando. His first on-air gig came at the age of 14 at a radio station in his home town of Ypsilanti, MI.
“When I joined Q104.3, my biggest hope was that it would be the second-best job I ever had,” Kerr added. “As things worked out, it has turned out to be the best.”
Kerr is a 35-year board member of HeartShare Human Services of New York and a member of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation board. He’s also serves as Vice President of SAG-AFTRA.
Sonstein is in the final year of her most recent four-year contract renewal, which she inked in October 2017.