After reading Wolfgang Hanson’s letter (below) Andy Fisher sent this e-mail comment. “I believe one of the engineers once told me we got a DX card from Iran. We were regularly received in Britain, and two BBC officials stopped by the station one night to say that they listened to WNEW’s 1AM newscast at Broadcast House in London every morning at 6. Lots of people in Nova Scotia listened to us on a regular basis, and in distant parts of New England, we came in at night like a local station!”
Södertälje, Sweden is about 19 miles from Stocholm. Bjorn Borg was born there. The Big “W” had a pen pal there. Thanks to Bill Diehl for this special delivery. Clicking on 14-year old Wolfgang Hanson’s letter should enlarge the image.
WIP Philadelphia has a celebrated history of its own, but to many former WNEW staffers, WIP, during years it was owned by Metromedia, was the other side of a revolving door, through which people came and went to promotions or exile. Two of the many people who worked both sides of that door, Andy Fisher and Dick Carr, attended WIP’s 90th birthday party yesterday (March 21) and took notes. Andy’s note, posted on the NY Radio Message Board, is also reproduced below
Andy Fisher — A radio station that has at times served as a farm team for New York talent celebrated its 90th birthday today, at a luncheon sponsored by the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia at the Bala Country Club in Philly. Speakers at the WIP anniversary event included programmers Dick Carr and Dean Tyler and air personality Bill St. James. Jerry Del Colliano, founder and former publisher of the industry newsletter Inside Radio, and a former news anchor and programmer at Philadelphia stations, was master of ceremonies.
Speakers recalled WIP’s founding by — and at — the Gimbel department store in center city Philadelphia, the purchase of the station by Metromedia in the late 1950s and its heyday as a standards station, its acquisition of the rights to Eagles football play-by-play, and its current success in sports talk radio.
After a lifetime at 610 on the AM dial, WIP recently began duplicating its broadcasts on FM and billing itself as 94 WIP.
Dick Carr posted his WIP notes on his Big Bands, Ballads and Blues blog: www.bigbandsballadsandblues.com
In What’sNEW#1, posted February 2nd, mention was made of one of WNEW’s red mobile units, taking News Director Lee Hanna, Tech. Supervisor Shel Hoffman and engineer Howie Epstein to Washington D.C., Aug. 26, 1963 to cover the March On Washington. A photo of one of those Chrysler red hots, was discovered just a few days ago by chance on the internet. The photo, taken by Bill Cotter in April, 1965, shows the wagon in front of the Irish Pavillion, during the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. Cotter posted the photo, and others, in 2010 on “World’s Fair Community.org.
When trade-in time came, WNEW stayed with the Chrysler New Yorker, but in quieter white.
April 1964. Marlene Sanders, after two years at WNEW, will leave for ABC (1964-1978) and later CBS (1978-1987) But before departing 1130, she served as Assistant News Director, produced the award-winning News Closeup series and was recognized for distinquished reporting. See What’sNEW#2, below.
All these entertaining personalities . . .all the best popular music . . .all the up-to-the-minute news . . .in fact everything that makes WNEW New York’s favorite radio station–now on FM too–at 102.7 mc. Now it’s WNEW AM &: FM bringing you the wonderful sound of “Music Round The Clock” . . .the complete coverage of “News Around The Clocks” . . .weather . . .time . . .traffic reports–enjoyable listening, worthwhile listening, 24 hours every day. Hear the Best your radio has to offer — am & pm, AM & FM — THE WNEW SOUND.
On your radio dial at 1130 & 102.7
|Klavan & Finch
6-10 am Mon thru Sat
|William B. WIlliams
Make Believe Ballroom
10 am & 6pm Mon thru Sat
Starr, Sinatra & Strings
11:35 am Mon thru Fri – 10am Sun
The Music Hall 2-4 pm daily
12 – 2 pm daily
4 – 6pm daily
8 – 10PM nightly
|Al “Jazzbo” Collins
10 – Midnight nightly
12 Midnight – 6am nightly
8am & 6pm Sun
(The photo and text above are reproduced from a 1958 newspaper ad. The ID overlays were added by this site’s editor.) Display Ad 60 — No Title New York Times (1857-Current file) Sept 3, 1958; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times pg.68
There was a time when most radio stations, no matter how big, were local and part of neighborhood life. WNEW-AM, where the forms of modern radio were invented and made personal, existed within a community of broadcasters and listeners who shared in life’s events and now, share memories. This blog, exists to collect as many as possible of the bits and pieces of that history. What do you remember? What part of the story can you tell?