A new beginning.....
All Jersey Radio Broadcasting Studio & Multi-Media Center opens at Kearny Point.
By: Joshua Blumberg
Building 78 Photos from Kearny Point
All Jersey Radio has a new home at Kearny Point, The former shipyard that is being redesigned as a new campus for creative businesses. Also known as "AJR," the company started almost 10 years ago as a social network for DJ's and recording artists. They initially operated with just a website that hosted pre-recorded audio and Twitter page. It was embracing the music of local talent that lead to hosting nightlife events. In the mid 2000's. The brand created several "New Jersey" style gatherings that gained popularity amongst their supporters. The "radio" without an actual station however, would soon cease operations in 2011. The people of All Jersey Radio disbanded citing a failure to restructure their business model.
All Jersey Radio announced it's return in May of 2016, by organizing a birthday celebration for the NJ born and raised Actress Naturi Naughton. Well known as "Tasha," on the Starz original series "Power" produced by 50 Cent. Naughton, (a long time friend of AJR) along with several hundred people came out to the event. BET Networks was also present and included the footage from the party as part of the television show Being Naturi Naughton.
In 2017, The leadership of AJR decided it was time to invest further into the dream of supporting New Jersey's rising stars, which landed them at Kearny Point. Themed after jersey born musical icons Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi and Whitney Houston, The broadcasting studio decor pays tribute to many influential recording artists and actors from the Garden State. AJR provides a web based streaming service that includes a mobile application for both Apple and Android users. The All Jersey Radio curators, present open format music, podcasts and videos from NJ and surrounding areas.
All Jersey Radio also offers a variety of services including broadcasting memberships, audio/visual production, event sponsorship, digital advertising and educational programs for the youth.
Hugo Neu welcomed All Jersey Radio into the community about a year ago, but they didn't host a grand opening in December of 2017. "I realized every area we needed to structure had to be designed one step at a time. I knew it would have to be handcrafted with percision and love." said Mercel Stephen, Chief Design & Operations Officer at AJR.
Building 78 is approximately 207,000 square feet and sits on about 130 acres near the Hackensack river just 5 miles from the Holland Tunnel. It is the first of the Hugo Neu redevelopment project, in an area that was once home to over 30,000 working men and women who built ships for World War I and II.
“I am very happy to be a part of the Kearny Point family, it’s a place full of growth and like minded entrepreneurs. I'm also excited our energy brings new life to the building.” said Michael Hobbs, Chief Executive Officer at All Jersey Radio. Hugo Neu believes the Kearny Point project will reactivate more than 3 million square feet of industrial space for more than 5,000 jobs.