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4 11, 2019

Radio Tower 18: Dave Vieser and WGBB

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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!

Links

Station Bibliography

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

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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

15 10, 2018

Radio Tower 8: Community Day Podcast

By |2018-11-13T01:57:20+00:00October 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Radio Tower 8: Community Day Podcast

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

By |2018-06-03T13:45:14+00:00June 3rd, 2018|Radio, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Radio Tower 6: The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club

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.