Breakfast Party To Return Saturday In Doubletree By Hilton

In the Pear City Hops Dining Room, from left, are Dennis Webster, host; Mary Henning, producer; Alivia Roehrig, announcer; Matt Ingrao, DoubleTree executive chef; and Louise Anderson; DoubleTree food and beverage supervisor. Not pictured are Norm Gray, organist; and Sofia Isabella, announcer.

The Saturday Breakfast Party will begin weekly broadcasts from the DoubleTree by Hilton’s Pearl City Hops dining room on Saturday, June 15.

“We are thrilled to bring our iconic Saturday morning show to the beautiful Doubletree,” said Andrew Hill, director of broadcast operations at Media One Radio Group. “It truly is an ideal pairing of a community based radio show with a hotel that is at the center of our community. Our audience is going to love the new, comfortable atmosphere and enjoy delicious breakfast options when coming in person to enjoy our show.”

The announcement comes nearly two months following the sudden closing of Friendly’s Restaurant in Brooklyn Square, where the program had been hosted weekly for nearly the past 20 years.

“The history behind this show is truly amazing and I wanted the DoubleTree to have a part in keeping the history alive,” said Brandon Wade, general manager of the DoubleTree.

The DoubleTree by Hilton is a redevelopment of a longstanding property at 150 W. Fourth St., Jamestown. The Hamister Group of Buffalo invested $19 million into accommodations, dining and banquet facilities.

The Saturday Breakfast Party is one of the longest running audience participation radio shows in the United States, broadcasting from a number of local locations since 1946.

“Families have come to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and other special occasions on this show for the past 73 years,” said Dennis Webster, veteran WJTN personality and Saturday Breakfast Party master of ceremonies. “For me to have had the opportunity to share some of these moments with our listeners has been a real honor.”

Webster is joined weekly by staff announcers Alivia Roehrig and Sofia Isabella; organist Norm Gray; and Mary Henning — who has helped produce the community program for 50 years. The program hosts community groups and organizations regularly that wish to promote upcoming events and fundraisers to the radio audience.

“This is where our listeners come to celebrate life events and where community events are celebrated with our listeners,” Hill said.

The Saturday Breakfast Party can be heard live on 1240 AM, 101.3 FM and www.WJTN.com each Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. The program’s encore edition airs from 9 to 10 p.m. Saturdays.