Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Megan Pastoria is an Experience Delivery Manager for OnStar, which is once again joining NORAD to help track Santa’s Christmas Eve journey.

Beginning on the morning of December 18th and until Christmas Eve, kids and kids at heart can talk to Santa! To make the Christmas story even sweeter, each time someone pushes the blue OnStar button to find out where Santa is, a one-dollar contribution will be made to the American Red Cross (up to 25 thousand dollars).

For 15 years, OnStar has collaborated with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to provide real-time updates during Santa’s annual flight using NORAD’s official Santa location data. To date, OnStar located Santa more than 100,000 times, bringing joy to many customers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Interview Excerpts

JIM MONAGHAN – Beginning on December 18, and continuing through Christmas Eve, OnStar is working with NORAD to provide updates on Santa’s annual track. How big an operation is this for you, Megan?
MEGAN PASTORIA – This is huge and such an exciting time of year. Our OnStar members can press the blue button in their Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC or Buick vehicle, get to an advisor, and ask for Santa’s whereabouts. And then new this year, if you are a Guardian app user, you can also track Santa’s whereabouts and call Santa directly.

JM – This whole thing with NORAD happened by accident, as I’m sure you know, back in the mid-50s, there was a department store that took a newspaper ad out, call a number, see where Santa is. Well, the number got printed wrong in the newspaper and it ended up with the continental air defense in Colorado. And some poor guy answers the phone and can I talk to Santa? And he didn’t know what was going on, but an officer there picked up on what was happening. And then for the rest of the night, they played along with it. And it just became this tradition and has evolved into what we have today. It’s a wonderful story and it speaks to the magic of the season, Megan.
MP – It does. And we also have partnered with the Red Cross where every call that we get, we donate one dollar to the Red Cross, up to $25,000.

JM – If you don’t have OnStar in your vehicle or you’re away from your vehicle I should say, there’s a phone number that you’ll be able to call.
MP – Correct. So it’s through the blue button or if you have the Guardian app. So it’s an app that we’ve also got for active members with a subscription. There will be, if you have the latest version, you’ll see the Santa hat on there starting December 18. And you can press the button and you can track where Santa is. You can also talk directly to Santa to find out if you’re on the naughty or nice list. You can ask Santa for your wish list. And you can also hear a Christmas story from Santa.

If you happen to be away from your vehicle, you can call OnStar at 8884ONSTAR. That’s 888-466-7827 and of course, you can always go to the NORAD Santa site, which is


  • Salvation Army National Commander Kenneth Hodder

    Commissioner Kenneth Hodder is the National Commander of The Salvation Army.

    He joined Jim Monaghan on Jersey Magazine to talk about the role of The Salvation Army in this season of giving on both the local and national/international levels.

    Learn more about The Salvation Army here –

  • Author Susan Warner On Dealing With Grief During the Holiday Season

    Susan Warner lost her son to suicide six years ago. Six months after that her husband, a top Macy’s executive, died of a rapidly growing cancer, eight weeks from diagnosis to death.

    If anyone knows better how to grieve and then make yourself whole again, it’s Susan, having lost her son and husband within months of each other.

    Her new book, Never Say Never Say Always, is a guide to dealing with loss and moving forward.

    Many of us experience a sense of sadness and loss around the holidays. Susan’s book is a helpful companion to dealing with seasonal depression.


    For more information on Susan Warner, go to her website –

  • Rock N Ruff


    Merry Pitmas!

    It’s TC and every holiday season I team up with my friend Sunny Nowell from the Randolph Regional Animal Shelter for a WDHA Rock N’ Ruff segment to showcase our larger bully breeds, and this “Merry Pitmas” we have an absolute gem to sit under your Christmas tree.

    Charlie is a sweet, gentle, loving boy who has been described by Sunny as an “angel” in his kennel, who sits quietly, happy for a warm bed and hearty meal.

    Charlie came to the shelter after being abandoned in Paterson, tied to a fence with many scrapes, and cuts and it looked like he hadn’t had a meal in a long time. Charlie’s past doesn’t affect his ability to love everyone he meets, his desire to make friends, and his tail simply never stops wagging- In fact, he was knocking things over with it!

    Charlie is about two years old, people and dog-friendly, and is very smart, already knowing basic commands. He loves plush toys and treats and has a lot of energy upon first meeting, but loves to lean into you and get pets and cuddles.

    If you think Charlie may be a good fit for you, reach out to the shelter via their website Randolph Regional Animal Shelter link, or call them at 973-543-9333 or stop by and visit them at 97 Ironia Road in Mendham.  Below is more info on their adoption process.

    Adoption fees
    Dogs and cats – $50 – all spayed, neutered, vaccinated
    Looking for 2?  Adopt one get one free!
    Kittens are $150 each and $250 for two (includes spay/neuter).
    * Approved application required for all adoptions.

    Check out Charlie’s photo gallery shot by our “Puparazzi” Joe Frazz Photography

    On behalf of WDHA’s Rock N’ Ruff, we thank you for your support of animal adoptions,  our WDHA Ultimate Rock Dogs Charity Calendars WDHA Ultimate Rock Dogs Charity Calendar Link and our “Opt To Adopt” mission!

    Happy Holidays!

  • Coach Sheets' Ride In

    Jeremy Sheetinger is the head baseball coach at Georgia Gwinnett College where he led the Grizz Gang to the 2021 NAIA National Championship.

    These quick hits may, on the surface, be geared toward his fellow baseball coaches, but his motivational message can easily be applied to the classroom, workplace, and your personal relationships.

    This week, Coach Sheets talks about how other peoples’ opinions of you are none of your business. Let that one sink in for a moment.

  • Local Look

    Looking for something fun to do in the area? Chris Swendeman has you covered with this week’s Local Look.

    There are always so many fun events happening in our local communities.  Check out what’s in store for this week in New Jersey.

    • Drop into downtown Ridgewood today and do some holiday shopping at the first-ever Holiday Market. Shopping support small businesses and vendors. They’ll be selling jewelry, clothes and much more. Santa will also be dropping by for photo ops. The event takes place today as well as next weekend through Christmas Eve.
    • Enjoy the outdoor winter activities at the Roosevelt Park family skating rink in Edison. Weekends have three open sessions and admission is only $6 for adults and they offer skate sharpening for $8. They’ll have Christmas Eve skating sessions as well.
    • And New Brunswick continues an annual holiday tradition with the Center City horse and carriage rides. Visit to find out how you could schedule your family for a ride this holiday season.


    And that’s your Local Look for this week on The Jersey Magazine.  If you’d like your event to be featured on The Local Look, you can email us at [email protected].  See you next week on 105.5 WDHA.

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