22 02, 2021

Radio Tower 30: Andy Mendelsohn on WBAB and WRCN

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Andy Mendelsohn gravitated to radio from an early age. By the time he was in high school in East Northport, he found himself on the school’s station and at an internship at WBAB. This brought him into the orbit of Bob Buchmann, Roger Luce and Rockin’ Robin, among others. After a stint in college and radio in Connecticut and Westchester, he returned to Long Island in the nineties on WRCN to battle WBAB for ratings and local bragging rights.

One of his greatest memories is imaging WRCN and his work in the production studio, abetted and encouraged by Dennis Daniel of WBAB and WDRE. The increasing corporatization of the airwaves led him to leave radio for music management, championing the Long Island-based Nine Days and others.

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Station bibliography: WRCN (103.9 FM), WBAB (102.3 FM), WFOX (95.9 FM), WGSM (740 AM)

8 02, 2021

Radio Tower 29: Chris Verga and the Long Island Home Front

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World War II Long Island: The Homefront in Nassau and Sufolk by Chris Verga.

Long Island historian Chris Verga’s latest book looks at Nassau and Suffolk counties during some of the most pivotal years of the 20th century: World War II. On today’s episode, we talk to Chris about life during that time and the role Long Island played in the war effort. You’ll hear about Grumman, Republic, and the vital work of the region’s aviation industry. We also discuss the activities of the German American Bund on the island and the experiences of German prisoners of war in the community.

LIRTVHS has made its own study of this era with the Long Island Home Front oral history project, collecting the stories and experiences of everyday life during wartime.

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