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1229 State Street • Erie, PA • 16501 • 814-455-4545 • www.facebook.com/happi927
   
 

Turn on. Tune in. Drop by. Erie’s newest and hottest radio station, happi® 92.7HD (WEHP FM) was born at 5:11 pm on January 11, 2013 at 1229 State Street. And what a bundle-of-joy she is. Her first hour of tunes featured Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, and Owl City/Carly Rae Jepsen.

Powered by one of only 35 Axia broadcast boards used around the country, happi’s home is state-of-the-art from top to bottom. The facility is an open floor concept, allowing for creativity and ideas to flow freely. The incredible space would make the guys at Google jealous. Even the color is a “happi” green—which just so happens to be Pantone’s official color for 2013.

If you’ve lived in Erie anytime in the last 25 years, you know that Rick Rambaldo has the Midas touch when it comes to media gold. Consider this: he created STAR 104, one of Erie’s great Top-40 stations, and Rocket 101, Erie’s legendary rock station, in addition to four others.

Rambaldo says, “Starting out in ’89 as a neophyte, I needed to be involved in every aspect of my new radio venture. But today, after nearly 25 years in Erie media, I have been able to surround myself with the most talented and competent professionals at happi® 92.7. It’s satisfying to have a “happi team” in place that does it all!”

Since 1989, when he jumped into ownership, Rick Rambaldo has changed the way we wake up each morning. Rambaldo is personally responsible for Erie’s variety of radio choices. Options would be pretty dismal without the vision and dedication of Rambaldo. And he is very enthusiastic when it comes to his newest creation - happi® 92.7.

“Erie is so fortunate to have a history of world-class radio quality, starting with Myron Jones, the Father of Erie Radio,” recalls Rambaldo. Jones, who helped Rambaldo engineer happi, has a reputation for being a creative genius in radio.

“I am honored to have been mentored by Jones, and to be able to continue his tradition of excellence over the years, drawing illustrious on-air talent to the stations I have influenced. That same dynamic quality is reflected in my newest venture, happi® 92.7FM.”

Rambaldo is certainly not alone when it comes to the happi® 92.7 brand. His business partner is none other than Dave Hallman, Jr. — a name synonymous with well-respected Erie car dealerships. Hallman, who is also Rambaldo’s long-time friend, refers to himself as the silent partner; but he has been a big a part of the creation of Erie’s new radio station, happi® 92.7FM.

Hallman is enjoying the opportunity to be part of something different. “There are very few businesses outside of the automotive industry that I would invest in — and even fewer people that I would partner with,” says Hallman. “Starting a new FM station with Rick was too good to pass up. From day one, I have been impressed by his creativity and work ethic. happi® 92.7FM is maturing into a powerful presence in Erie radio.”

Both partners emphasize that the very core of happi is the local Erie community. LOCAL. LOCAL. LOCAL. This was paramount to both Rambaldo and Hallman when it came to naming their new venture, known as The ERIE Radio Company.

happi® offers a great option for all the listeners throughout Erie. The happi team has taken a youthful, social and fun approach to the station. The average age of the air staff at happi is twenty-eight; a demographic that has never known a world without texting and the World Wide Web. Most of them have grown up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube.

The happi morning show consists of Erie’s own lovable odd couple: the sassy, sarcastic, and sweet Shari McBride and the brainy, beloved, but boastful Beeber. Shari and Beeber go together like peanut butter and jelly; making for a comical, interesting and unforgettable morning ride.

happi’s midday host, Johnny Marx, is a home-grown radio personality. He’s a Gannon University graduate and well-known voice — heard exclusively in Erie for over fifteen years.

The afternoon drive show is hosted by the lively and energetic Ritz, who brings a fresh, new vibe to the happi airwaves with his passion for the industry and ability to relate with happi’s core audience.

With all day commercial-free Mondays, this team will keep you happi hour after hour – with a station that’s “fun and now.”

And if everything goes Rambaldo’s way, it won’t be long before you can tune in to happi as you travel around the country. His intentions are to market the happi® brand nationally.

Rambaldo and Hallman invite you to turn on the radio, tune in to 927HD, and drop by The ERIE Radio Company’s all new headquarters at 13th and State — to find out why Erie is resetting its presets to happi® 92.7. You’ll be happi you did.

 
 
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