New online station NEWT Radio will feature former WNTI DJs


Melanie Thiel will be the station manager and morning show host at the online radio station, NEWT Radio.

A group of former disc jockeys at WNTI (91.9 FM) Hackettstown has found a new home on an online radio station, NEWT Radio, that will begin streaming at 7 a.m. Dec. 27. (12/26 UPDATE: The launch date has been moved back to the first week of 2017). The station is owned by the Newton Theatre in Newton, and can be found at It will also be available on the free app, TuneIn.

In a press release, the music the station will be presenting was described as “a mix of new, up and coming artists, indie, smaller label and classic core artists, featuring those coming to The Newton Theatre. The station will also feature in-studio performances, interviews and local musicians.”

Former WNTI station manager and on-air personality Melanie Thiel, also known as the Dawn Bird, will serve as station manager as well as the host of station’s morning show, which will stream weekdays from 7 to 11 a.m.

Some of the other DJs will be Mike Watterston, Gary Alt, Trevor B. Power, Amy the Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor, Katie O and Kenny Collins. There will also be some new DJs who were never on WNTI.

“Having all these former WNTI DJs is fantastic” for a new station, said Thiel, “because they have their built-in listeners. It’s a good base to start with.”

The station will broadcast from 135 Spring St. in Newton (the Newton Theatre is at 234 Spring St.). “The front is nothing but window — ceiling-to-floor window — so everybody will see everything. It’s great,” said Thiel.

The station’s request line will be (973) 940-NEWT.

In October 2015, it was announced that WNTI-FM’s owner, Centenary College, was selling its broadcast license to Pennsylvania public radio station WXPN. The station’s call letters are now WXPJ, and it runs WXPN programming.

Many of the old WNTI disc jockeys initially moved their shows to the online-only, but subsequently left.



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Michael Mitsch December 21, 2016 - 4:58 pm

This puts 2016 TOTALLY in the black. YAY!!
So much great music, new and old, has a voice again.
This confirms once and for all the old saw about one door closing and another opening. I can see this station even improving what was a fantastic radio station.
Thank you to Jonathan at The Newt for your vision.

Tony Klejna January 6, 2017 - 7:57 am

Yay Mel!!
Is the station set up
On tune in yet??
As of right now I can’t find it..????

Reply January 6, 2017 - 8:03 am

Last I heard it was supposed to launch today (1/6).

Tony Klejna January 6, 2017 - 7:22 pm


Tony Klejna January 6, 2017 - 7:22 pm

Thanks !!


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