Lauren Stone, the owner of Long Island Radio Broadcasting in Water Mill announced the resignation of beloved WBAZ-FM radio personality, Walker Vreeland. Mr. Vreeland is leaving 102.5 WBAZ and relocating to New York City where he will produce his autobiographical monologue “From Ship to Shape,” continue his voice over work and his podcast, “Interview with the Artist.”
Mr. Vreeland has been with Long Island Radio Broadcasting for over 10 years, and decided months ago to make the move for professional and personal reasons.
“I am so grateful to have spent the last nine years on WBAZ and the last ten years working for Long Island Radio Broadcasting,” Vreeland said. “I am indebted to Lauren Stone, Stephanie Bitis and Harry Wareing for this invaluable opportunity. But most important, I want to thank the listeners for sticking with me all these years.”
This decision comes after Mr. Vreeland’s recent illness and surgery. “You can run from your essential nature but you can’t hide,” Vreeland said. “Eventually push comes to shove, and for me the ‘shove’ came in the form of illness: something that forces you to get real with yourself, real quick; to stop delaying the change you know you need to make, and resisting who you truly are and what brings you the most joy.”
Ms. Stone has worked with Mr. Vreeland since he began in 2006. “It breaks my heart to say goodbye to Walker on a daily basis, but I am so proud of my colleague and friend and excited for his future. Walker has so many talents in addition to radio; he is a gifted singer, a songwriter, playwright, and actor. I admire his decision to follow his heart and his dreams. Walker is capable of great things…everyone at LIRB will miss Walker dearly. We will be watching for great things ahead.” Ms. Stone said.