Yearly Archives: 2019

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6 05, 2019

Radio Tower 15: Dennis Daniel on WBAB and WDRE

By |2019-05-06T02:46:58+00:00May 6th, 2019|Radio|Comments Off on Radio Tower 15: Dennis Daniel on WBAB and WDRE

Let’s go back to the 1980s when album rock ruled the airwaves, Long Island was awash in nightclubs, and Dennis Daniel was unleashing his own brand of audio madness on WBAB.

Dennis Daniel.

Dennis was a Production Director whose fertile imagination and drive camouflaged spots touting dentists and car steroes inside a theater of the absurd. With a gift for impersonation and a bottomles well of pop culture memories to draw on, Dennis forged a successful career on Long Island that included winning multiple CLIO awards for WBAB and then a move to WDRE.

More Dennis Daniel.

Hear him describe his creative process, his views on the development of the radio industry, and the one career path he dreamt of taking.

Dennis Daniel, Chris Kretz, and Connie Currie.

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2 04, 2019

Radio Tower 14: Behind the Scenes with Jack Beebe

By |2019-04-04T13:47:25+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Radio Tower 14: Behind the Scenes with Jack Beebe

Jack Beebe calls himself “Mr. Backstage” but in terms of radio and television history in New York since the 1950s, he’s had a front row seat.

He started as a teen disk jockey on WALK in East Patchouge, worked alongside Barbara Walters and the future Allison “The Nightbird” Steele at WPIX-TV, kept watch over Murray the K at WINS…and that’s not even mentioning his time broadcasting in Korea or the blood sweating hippopotamus.

Jack Beebe.

Links

Station Bibliography
NYC:
TV: WOR, WPIX;
Radio: WOR, WINS
Long Island: WALK

2 03, 2019

Radio Tower 13: Bill Edwards and Programming WALK

By |2019-03-02T14:59:36+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Radio|2 Comments

From the hills of Scranton to the shores of Patchogue Bay, Bill Edwards pursued a career in radio driven by his love of music. As program director at WALK on Long Island, he helped build the sound of the station through the 1980s and 90s.

On today’s episode he takes us through the evolving history of music programming, from gut-level decisions to precise polling data to non-stop Christmas music (for which he may or may not be responsible). We also discuss his internship days at WABC, life during Hurricane Gloria, and the state of radio history at local stations.

 

Bill Edwards.

Links

Station Bibliography
Scranton: WEJL
Ithaka: WTKO
NYC: WABC
Long Island: WGSM, WGBB, WBLI, WALK, WLIM

14 02, 2019

Radio Tower 12: David North Makes It Work

By |2019-02-14T01:50:01+00:00February 14th, 2019|Radio|Comments Off on Radio Tower 12: David North Makes It Work

If one door wouldn’t open, David North found another way in. He forged a career from the wilds of New Hampshire to the shores of Long Island, from television to radio to print and back again, with some corporate work thrown in for good measure. On today’s episode we discuss this long path as well as his time at Channel 67 in Islip and at WALK-FM, among others. We discuss the twin poles of radio that are Howard Stern and Paul Harvey, as well as David’s memorable meetings with Jack Ellsworth on Long Island and what is missing from journalism today.

29 01, 2019

Radio Tower 11: The Life of Salvatore LoCascio

By |2019-01-29T02:55:25+00:00January 29th, 2019|Radio|Comments Off on Radio Tower 11: The Life of Salvatore LoCascio

We recently received a donation of a TV repairman’s toolbox and a 1949 Zenith television. Although interesting in their own right, the true fascination comes from the people behind the donation. This was Sal LoCascio’s toolbox. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps in World War II, an artist, and a man who could fix anything. His family, particularly Angela Inguaggiato, wanted to make sure these items went to a good home. They had similarly donated Sal’s model B-25, with its six-foot wingspan, to the Air Power Museum in Farmingdale.

Intrigued, we wanted to learn more about Sal, his family, and his life. On today’s episode, Sal’s wife Mildred and Angela relay a story that ranges from Brooklyn to the Brenner Pass, from the cockpit of the Naughty Nancy to the streets of Queens. The family, by the way, is still looking for a home for the uniforms of Mildred’s brothers, one a Navy, the other an Army veteran of World War II. If any institution is interested, please drop us an email and we’ll put you in touch.

Sal and Mildred on their wedding day. Photo courtesy of Angela Inguaggiato.

Tinted photo of Salvatore and Mildred Locascio. Photo courtesy of inguaggiato.