13 07, 2021

WBAU Radio at Adelphi University

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There had to have been easier ways to establish a college radio station on Long Island back in the 1960s but you get the sense that John Schmdit relishes a challenge. He enrolled at Adelphi to earn another degree while working on the lunar landing module at Grumman. Discovering the small, student-run WALI opearting as a carrier current station heard only in the dorms, he was hooked. Over the ensuing years, whether as an Adlephi employee or a dedicated volunteer, he installed wires, raised antennae, negotiated time slots, and – with the help of others as dedicated as he – generally willed WBAU into existence.

On today’s episode, John describes the saga of WBAU – a story that involves, among others, Nassau Community College, Sewanhaka High School, and the Mariott Hotel in Uniondale.

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8 06, 2021

Radio Tower 34: Bernie Bernard on WCWP, WBAB and More

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Bernie Bernard got her start at CW Post on station WCWP. Drawn by progressive rock and the chance to interview members of the music industry, she went on to a career that included stints at WBAB and WNEW as disc jockey, music director, and sometime newscaster, followed by work at Voice of America and as a teacher and voiceover artist.

Bernie Bernard

WCWP alum Bernie Bernard in studio. Photo courtesy of Bernie Bernard.

On today’s episode, Bernie recalls her start in radio, interviewing stars like Meat Loaf and Elton John, and her memories of working with Carol Silva at WBAB as the first all-female morning radio team in the metro area.

Station bibliography:
WCWP (88.1 FM)
WBAB (102.3 FM)
WRCN (103.9 FM)
WNEW (102.7 FM)
WLIR (92.7 FM)

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12 05, 2021

Radio Tower 33: Tom Kuser and WSHU

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Tom Kuser is the Program Director and Morning Edition host at WSHU, an NPR station out of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut with a sizable Long Island audience.

On this episode, Tom discusses his career – from college and commercial stations to television to public radio. He also relates some of the history of WSHU, memorable stories he has covered, and just how early he has to get up in the morning.

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Station Bibliography:  WNHU (88.7 FM); WNHC (1340 AM); WAVZ (1300 AM); WMMM (1260 AM); WTNH (News 8 TV)

15 03, 2021

Radio Tower 31: Ed Lacinski and a Life in Audio

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Ed Lacinski was destined for a career in audio. As a child, he read the liner notes of albums to learn the names of the sound engineers. Then he began taping his school musical performances in Patchogue Medford which brought him to the attention of Jack Ellsworth at WALK and WLIM. He worked for years at Harman Kardon and along the way assisted in a session at Abbey Road Studios and changed out a woofer at an Earth, Wind & Fire concert at Jones Beach.

Sounds good to us. All that and more on this deep dive into audio history.

Station Bibliography: WALK (1370 AM,) WALK (97.5 FM), WLIM (1440 AM), WNYG (1580 AM)

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25 01, 2021

Radio Tower 28: History of Radios Part III

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We wrap up our conversation with LIRTVHS board member John Vuolo, talking about the development of radios from the 1960s and 1970s. What’s the oddest radio in his collection? What’s the one piece he’s still looking for? Join us and find out!

1 12, 2020

Radio Tower 27: The History of Radios Part II

By |2020-12-01T02:17:43+00:00December 1st, 2020|Radio|Comments Off on Radio Tower 27: The History of Radios Part II

We return to our conversation with LIRTVHS board member John Vuolo, talking about the development of radios from the 1930s through the 1950s. Along the way, we talk more about tubes, train shows, and interesting collectors he has known.

1 09, 2020

Radio Tower 24: Home Front Radio Memories

By |2020-09-01T02:00:00+00:00September 1st, 2020|Home Front, Radio|Comments Off on Radio Tower 24: Home Front Radio Memories

Radio was still king during the 1930s and 40s. It was a golden age for tuning in to shows like The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, and others. On today’s episode, we offer a quick look at radio memories from the narrators taking part in the Long Island Home Front.

Narrators: Fred Seitz, Jack Beebe, Rhoda McManus, Jo Eichner, Walter Winicki, Fred Scopinich, Jack Kratoville

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9 03, 2020

Radio Tower 22: Cindy Clifford

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Cindy Clifford never had a plan but she still found her way to a meaningful career in Long Island radio, from WRCN in Riverhead to WWHB in Hampton Bays to a long stint on the WALK morning show with Mark Daniels.

Today she tells us more about what drew her to working behind the mic, her thoughts on the state of radio today, and her current podcasting efforts.

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Station Bibliography

  • WRCN Riverhead 103.9 FM
  • WWHB Hampton Bays 107.1 FM
  • WALK East Patchogue 97.5 FM
  • WLNG Sag Harbor 92.1 FM
  • WBAB Babylon 102.3 FM
4 02, 2020

Radio Tower 21: Larry Davidson

By |2020-02-04T00:42:41+00:00February 4th, 2020|Radio, Television|Comments Off on Radio Tower 21: Larry Davidson

Life has taken Larry Davidson from a bodega in Spanish Harlem to a vineyard in Aquebogue and many places in between. Through it all, his keen mind and relentless curiosity have helped him forge a career in broadcasting as an interviewer of authors, singer songwriters, politicians, and more. He’s worked on WGBB and Cablevision as well as on a number of well-received series conducted at libraries and other cultural centers around the region.  His latest is a foray into podcasting with The Artful Periscope.

Larry Davidson

Larry Davidson

Join us on a trip through Larry’s life. We’ll meet Long Island broadcasters past and present, prominent authors such as Nelson DeMille and Pete Hamill, and musicians like Woody, Arlo, and Sarah Lee Guthrie. Along the way we talk about everything from podcasting to early soap operas to the mind of the long distance runner.

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Station Bibliography

  • WGBB 1240 AM
4 11, 2019

Radio Tower 18: Dave Vieser and WGBB

By |2020-03-09T02:11:32+00:00November 4th, 2019|Radio|Comments Off on Radio Tower 18: Dave Vieser and WGBB

Beginning his broadcasting career in his basement as a child in Baldwin, Dave Vieser went on to learn radio at WVHC at Hofstra before landing the dream job: playing music on WGBB in Freeport. He started on weekends, then night shifts, then afternoons and finally mornings. On this episode we sit down with Dave to talk about his career in radio and beyond, from spinning records to covering high school sports to working for Nassau County’s Press Office.

Dave Vieser, former WGBB DJ, at the Freeport Memorial Library.

Dave Vieser (l) and David North of the Press Club of Long Island at the Freeport Memorial Library.

We are joined by returning guest David North of the Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) who has spent a good deal of time researching the history of WGBB. PCLI, with help from the village and the Freeport Historical Society, recently unveiled a marker to designate the site of WGBB’s studios, the site of the first commercial news broadcast on the Island.

This episode was recorded at the Freeport Public Library. Many thanks to librarian Regina Feeney and director Ken Bellafiore for the use of the space!

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Station Bibliography

  • WGBB 1240 AM
  • WNEW 1130 AM
  • WHLI 1100 AM
  • WVHC 88.7 FM (later WHRU)

 

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