WESTFIELD, NJ -- Veteran radio traffic reporter and longtime Westfield resident Joe Nolan returned to Holy Trinity School to cut the ribbon at the new gym on Wednesday, March 20, and shared stories of his experience with current students.
Nolan, a member of the high school class of 1976, the last class to graduate when Holy Trinity still ran a high school program, toured his alma mater and even met his former math teacher, Miss Byrne, who is still teaching there.
"I love this place. I always will. It's a special place, and you are lucky to be here," Nolan told the students during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "I met my wife here, right in the back by the scoreboard."
After his high school graduation, Nolan attended Seton Hall with his sights set on becoming a lawyer. A visit to the campus radio station changed everything. He went on to spend the next four decades on the air as a traffic reporter on several top radio stations in the New York market and on TV.
Nolan got his big break as a traffic reporter in 1979 with a new company called Shadow Traffic. He is best known for his reports on WABC/Ch.7 and his longtime association with radio personality Scott Shannon, first at WPLJ and later at WCBS FM 101.1. Additionally, he serves as the in-stadium announcer for Rutgers and the New York Jets. Two years ago, he was honored as Union County’s 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade grand marshal.
Later, Nolan spoke at the Westfield Library about career, including his current work with iHeartRadio, 77WABC, and KTU with Cubby Bryant and Carolina Bermudez. He is best known for working alongside Scott Shannon from 1992 to 2017, first at 95.5 WPLJ and later at WCBS-FM 101.1.