WPLR DJ Off the Air

Pam Landry was the voice of WPLR's mid-day line-up. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., she was a listener's constant companion.

That is until Friday, when she went to work but never made it on the air.

"They told me times were tough," Landry said. "We have to look for places to save money and your contract is not being renewed."

With that, the 19-year 99.1 FM veteran was like so many others in Connecticut: out of a job.

"I know what's going on out there," Landry said Tuesday night. "It's always a shock when it happens to you, but I was hopeful. I tried to wear as many hats as I could there."

The former deejay and music director understands it was a business decision, but wishes she had had the chance to say goodbye to her listeners.

"They were part of my family and I was part of their family, and I felt that I at least wanted to say thank you," Landry said.

"She was always willing to take requests. I would call her up every day and she was always right there playing it for me," said Larry Jennes, a big Landry fan and chef at Sloppy Jose's in Milford.

The restaurant even has Blueplate specials, named for Landry'slunch-hour program.

"That friendly familiar voice isn't there anymore," Jennes said. "It's a void in your life."

Landry said she would like to stay in the radio business, but is entertaining all options.

WPLR also laid off morning show sidekick Billy Winn.

NBCConnecticut.com tried to contact management at WPLR, but our calls were not returned.

Contact Us