For over 17 years, WRIP has been the voice of the Catskills. Recently named “Small Business of the Year” by the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, WRIP was founded in August 1999 by Chairman Dennis Jackson, and by Guy Patrick Garraghan, a native son of Windham, New York.
WRIP grew and flourished under Garraghan’s guidance for eleven years. Upon his untimely passing in November 2010, WRIP continued under the leadership of Jay Fink, President and General Manager, who has been our on-air voice for over fourteen years. We continue to expand our reach to outlying areas of our broadcasting region.
Our listeners enjoy a blend of today’s hits with yesterday’s favorites along with specially produced interviews and shows that are not found on other nationally-owned stations.
Guy Patrick Garraghan founded WRIP in 1999 along with Chairman Dennis Jackson. Guy was a lifelong resident of the Catskill Region and was a morning radio fixture in the Northern Catskills for more than 30 years, 17 of them as the wake up voice on WCKL in Catskill, NY. A lover of the Catskills, Guy was known around the area as one of the best personalities in the region. His untimely passing in November 2010 left a void in the Mountaintop community. Guy will always be fondly remembered by those who knew him – and missed by the thousands who awoke to his voice every morning.
Originally from Long Island, Jay Fink is WRIP's President and General Manager. Jay has been a part of the RIP family since its debut in 1999. Prior to working with the station, Jay worked or consulted at radio stations in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Jay is proud to be a full-time Mountaintop resident and is active with many organizations in the community, including the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, Windham Rotary Club and the Windham Area Recreation Foundation (WARF). Jay spent over a dozen years in the music business before returning to broadcasting.
Joe fell into the radio business a while back in Philadelphia where he worked at WIFI 92.5. Following his Philadelphia career, Joe headed to stations in various cities, including Albany, Atlantic City, San Jose, CA, Burlington, VT, Augusta, ME, and many more before settling down with RIP 97.9. Joe’s favorite pastimes and hobbies include astronomy and railroads, but his dedication will always be to radio. Joe is the proud 2016 recipient of the T.Patrick Meehan Community Service Award from the Community of Windham Foundation
John’s warm and friendly voice keeps everyone company from 9am to 2pm every weekday! Originally from Stamford, CT, John joined RIP with passion, commitment and dedication. John plays more of today’s hits and yesterday’s favorites along with AP News updates during is ‘Midday in the Mountains’ segment.
Master Prognosticator in the WRIP 97.9 Mountain Weather Center, the only radio voice bringing you pinpoint weather forecasting for our unique Catskills climate.
Kelly Green (Sundays 7PM to Midnight)
Join Kelly Green every week here on WRIP, host of our popular Sunday Night Nice 'n Easy program, featuring the best of American Pop Standards.