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)

12 04, 2021

Radio Tower 32: Golden Crest Records in Huntington Station

By |2021-04-12T02:42:49+00:00April 12th, 2021|Music|Comments Off on Radio Tower 32: Golden Crest Records in Huntington Station

Clark Galehouse

Clark Galehouse, founder of Golden Crest Records. Image courtesy of John Broven.

Clark Galehouse started out as a swing band sax player from Illinois and wound up running Long Island’s most prolific independent record label out of of Huntington Station. We take a detour from radio history this episode to talk with John Broven about the life and legacy of Galehouse and his label, Golden Crest Records.

Ad for Shelley Products company.

Ad for Shelley Products company in Huntington Station. Image courtesy of John Broven.

Broven started out a lover of American rhythm & blues from East Sussex, England and wound up a consultant for Ace Records and, eventually, the husband of Clark Galehouse’s daughter, Shelley. Together the couple rescued the label from obscurity, reissuing the stunning array of music that Galehouse recorded, from early rock and roll to jazz to local and regional school orchestras. The Golden Crest catalog is now housed in the Library of Congress.

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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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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 02, 2021

Radio Tower 29: Chris Verga and the Long Island Home Front

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World II Long Island cover image

World War II Long Island: The Homefront in Nassau and Sufolk by Chris Verga.

Long Island historian Chris Verga’s latest book looks at Nassau and Suffolk counties during some of the most pivotal years of the 20th century: World War II. On today’s episode, we talk to Chris about life during that time and the role Long Island played in the war effort. You’ll hear about Grumman, Republic, and the vital work of the region’s aviation industry. We also discuss the activities of the German American Bund on the island and the experiences of German prisoners of war in the community.

LIRTVHS has made its own study of this era with the Long Island Home Front oral history project, collecting the stories and experiences of everyday life during wartime.

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25 01, 2021

Radio Tower 28: History of Radios Part III

By |2021-01-25T13:15:14+00:00January 25th, 2021|Radio|Comments Off on Radio Tower 28: History of Radios Part III

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.

8 11, 2020

Radio Tower 26: History of Radios, 1920s edition

By |2020-11-08T01:29:12+00:00November 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Radio Tower 26: History of Radios, 1920s edition

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?

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