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 11, 2020

Radio Tower 26: History of Radios, 1920s edition

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We’re running a miniseries of interviews with LIRTVHS board member John Vuolo about the history and development of radios.

Grebe Synchrophase

Inside the Grebe Synchrophase.

John is a radio collector and restoration expert, in charge of helping build and maintain the Society’s collections.

Today we tackle the 1920s and the earliest commercially-available sets. How did they operate, how many survive, and how do you go about making them work again?

Links

12 10, 2020

Radio Tower 25: Bob Hobday and the Antique Wireless Museum

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Today we travel to Bloomfield, NY to speak (virtually) with Bob Hobday about the operations of the Antique Wireless Museum and the Antique Wireless Association.

Links

22 03, 2020

Long Island Home Front: Look to the Skies

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On this episode of the Radio Tower, we feature more excerpts from the Long Island Home Front oral history project.  The subject is aviation and a time of frantic activity on Long Island. With companies like Grumman and Republic Aviation and airfields like Mitchel and Roosevelt Field, there was plenty for a young boy to see in the skies overhead.

War Planes of the World

Cover to the War Planes of the World Stamp Album

 

The Avenger Torpedo Bomber

Description of the Avenger from War Planes of the World stamp album.

 

Narrators:

 

 

2 04, 2019

Radio Tower 14: Behind the Scenes with Jack Beebe

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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

15 10, 2018

Radio Tower 8: Community Day Podcast

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We were invited to the Sayville Library for a community breakfast to help kick off The Great Give Back 2018. It was a great opportunity to share what LIRTVHS does but also to get to know and appreciate all the other organizations doing so much for Sayville and the community.

Our table at the Great Give Back, Sayville Public Library.

So we did some on-the-spot recording with some of our co-attendees, asking them to explain their mission and how it impacts the community. See below for ways to get in touch with them. And we also couldn’t resist getting some of their memories of radio on Long Island and beyond.

Thanks to Sayville Library director Jen Fowler for puting this great community event together and for everyone who talked with us!

 

3 06, 2018

Radio Tower 6: The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club

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Join us for a conversation with K2IZ – otherwise known as John Smale, ham radio operator and one of the founders of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club.

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