Chris Kretz has been an academic librarian on Long Island for over 18 years, first with Dowling College and now with Stony Brook University. He is also a podcast producer, starting with the Dowling College Library Omnibus in 2005, one of the earliest academic library podcasts. He is the co-host, along with Connie Currie, of The Radio Tower, the official pocast of the LIRTVHS. Chris is a former board member of the Long Island Library Resources Council and of the Oakdale Historical Society. He is co-author of the book Oakdale from Arcadia Press and his research interests include library history and 19th century Long Island sportsmen.
Connie CurrieVice President
Connie Currie grew up in Hicksville where her father, Roland Gibson, was the radio/TV repair man at Spiro’s Department Store on Broadway in the same town. In 1956 she earned her amateur radio Novice License KN2RBM. When it expired she replaced it with a marriage license.
In 1996, Connie met up with radio again when she launched a campaign to save the historic Telefunken radio station site in West Sayville. When this met with failure, Connie and Ralph Williams petitioned the New York State Chartering Department for a Historical Society Charter that after many years and several name changes, became the Long Island Radio & Television Historical Society. Connie is Past President and Research Historian for the Sayville Historical Society, past contributing editor of the Long Island Forum, docent at Meadowcroft- the John Ellis Roosevelt House in Sayville as well as occasional research assistant for the Suffolk County Parks, historic services division.
John has I been working in the telecommunications industry going on 40 years. He has an Associate Degree in Electrical Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. John has been collecting and restoring tube radios, tube televisions, turntables, reel to reel decks, etc. since he was 16 years old. He had his own radio and TV repair business for some years but now spends free time casually collecting and restoring radios John has written a few articles for Antique Radio Classified and for LIRTVHS.
Originally from the Bronx, Ed now is residing in Bohemia, NY. He is a graduate of Stuyvesant HS and CUNY Kingsborough College. Ed worked as an electrical engineer for the NYC Transit Authority. He was also the engineer in charge of communications for the NYC Dept. of Traffic. Ed’s last position was Vice President of management for Dorset Industries, LLC. and is now retired. His amateur radio call is K2GJE.
Richard HawkinsRecording Secretary
Richard grew up in Eastport and has lived in Bohemia since 1993 with his wife Debra, amidst his various collections (coins, stamps, sports memorabilia, etc.) He served four years in the U.S. Navy as a radio operator and is retired from the Smithtown Library, where he worked 29 years, the last nine as curator of its Long Island History collection. He is a co-author of Head- of -the -Harbor: a Journey Through Time. He has also been published in Long Island Forum and Monkey Business: the Festive Voice of Hartlepool United Fans.