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:

 

 

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.

Links

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

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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.

Links

Station Bibliography

  • WGBB 1240 AM
11 01, 2020

Long Island Home Front: Marie Mack

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We’re featuring more segments from the Long Island Home Front, our oral history project focusing on the impact of World War 2 on Long Island. Today we hear from Marie Mack, Brooklyn Native and longtime Mount Sinai summer resident.

We spoke with Marie in the same spot where her family started visiting Mount Sinai in 1924. Married by the start of the war, she had to move back into her parents’ home with her young daughter, her husband shipped overseas in the Army Air Force. She gives us a valuable look at what it was like to be a working woman during the war years.

Unfortunately, Marie Mack passed away earlier last year at the age of 100. We are honored to have spoken with her and been able to preserve some of these memories.

Do you or someone you know have their own expereinces of Long Island during World War II? We’d love to hear from you as these stories are slipping away and we are committed to preserving them for future generations. You can get in touch with us online and we’ll follow up on how the interviewing works. We are working in partnership with the National Home Front Project at Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

Links

1 01, 2020

Introducing The Long Island Home Front

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For the past year, LIRTVHS has been working with the Sayville Historical Society and the Sayville Public Library on a joint oral history project called The Long Island Home Front. It’s an ongoing project to collect, preserve and share firsthand accounts of the impact of World War II on Long Islanders.

We’ll be sharing some of the stories here on the Radio Tower and are pleased to bring you today Jack Beebe. You might recognize him from episode 14 where he described his life in radio and TV broadcasting.

Today we relate an anecdote from Jack’s oral history interview in which he describes how the Dutchies of his native West Sayville contributed to the war effort.

Jack Beebe being interviewed about his World War II memories for the Long Island Home Front at the Sayville Public Library.

Do you or someone you know have their own expereinces of Long Island during World War II? We’d love to hear from you as these stories are slipping away and we are committed to preserving them for future generations. You can get in touch with us online and we’ll follow up on how the interviewing works. We are working in partnership with the National Home Front Project at Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.

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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)

 

7 10, 2019

Radio Tower 17: Bullet Bob Ottone

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Robert Ottone sits down with Chris Kretz and Connie Currie to discuss the life and times of his father, Bullet Bob Ottone. A DJ at WGLI and WGBB in the 1970s, Bullet Bob was known for his rapid-fire delivery. He was one of WGBB’s “Super Six”, hosting the Night Train from midnight to six am.

 

After an on-air career that introduced him to the Beatles, Barry White and Joe Frazier, Bob turned to education. He taught radio at Brentwood High School and also operated their station WXBA-FM. To top it all off, in his later years he was the PA announcer for the Long Island Ducks.

WGBB’s Super Six. Ad from the Freeport Leader, 8/31/72. (NY State Historic Newspapers database)

Many thanks to Robert for sharing these memories of his father, who passed away earlier this year. He gives us a glimpse into the life of a remarkable man who dedicated his life to bringing music and joy to Long Island.

Robert is also a true-crime podcaster and author so check out his Voices from Gilgo as well as his latest collection of short stories.

Links

Bullet Bob Ottone (Newsday 2/19/2019)

Robert Ottone Author Page (Amazon)

WXBA-FM, Brentwood HS

Press Club, Freeport dedicate marker for WGBB

Voices from Gilgo podcast

Station Bibliography:

WNBC
WGBB
WGLI
WXBA

23 09, 2019

Radio Tower 16: Jack Kratoville

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Growing up in Riverhead in the 1960s, Jack Kratoville always wanted to be on the mic. He got his wish, forging a career that started with unpaid newsreads on WRCN and continued to include stints at WLNG, WWHB, WMJC and more.

These days you’ll find him on 106.7 WLTW as well as out back of his Flanders home trying to improve the reception on his vast collection of old radios. On this episode, we joined Jack after hours at WRIV – an apt setting for a conversation on radio history. The squeaky chairs were added for atmosphere.

Jack Kratoville and Chris Kretz.

Links

6 05, 2019

Radio Tower 15: Dennis Daniel on WBAB and WDRE

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Let’s go back to the 1980s when album rock ruled the airwaves, Long Island was awash in nightclubs, and Dennis Daniel was unleashing his own brand of audio madness on WBAB.

Dennis Daniel.

Dennis was a Production Director whose fertile imagination and drive camouflaged spots touting dentists and car steroes inside a theater of the absurd. With a gift for impersonation and a bottomles well of pop culture memories to draw on, Dennis forged a successful career on Long Island that included winning multiple CLIO awards for WBAB and then a move to WDRE.

More Dennis Daniel.

Hear him describe his creative process, his views on the development of the radio industry, and the one career path he dreamt of taking.

Dennis Daniel, Chris Kretz, and Connie Currie.

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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