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1968 WISL Transmitter Fire

  • May 31, 2014
1968 WISL Transmitter Fire

Fire tore through the WISL Transmitter site located on Big Mountain on February 17th 1968 completely destroying all equipment and forcing the station of the air for a brief period of time. Below is an article published in the Shamokin News-Dispatch on February 19th 1968, the Monday following the fire. Thanks to Heather Sharp-Makal for uncovering this newspaper clipping. On the same day that this article was published WISL also ran a nice sized ad proclaiming that the station would be back on the air shortly and thanking the listeners for their support and patience. Amazingly within...

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WISL-TV… It was almost a reality!

  • May 31, 2014
WISL-TV… It was almost a reality!

In 1953 WISL was celebrating five years of radio broadcasting in Shamokin. To commemorate the occasion Radio Anthracite, parent company of WISL, took out a full page ad in the Shamokin News Dispatch. The advertisement touts an award they received from the Pennsylvania Week Radio and Television Committee, a special fifth anniversary cash contest sponsored by National Dime Bank and the first official announcement of Radio Anthracite's intentions of opening and operating a television station in Shamokin. The Federal Communications Commissions was assigning new UHF television stations across the country...

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Yoch’s Dutch Maid Bread Radio Commercials

  • May 8, 2014
Yoch’s Dutch Maid Bread Radio Commercials

If you lived in Shamokin prior to 1977 you will certainly remember Yoch's Bakery. You may even remember the smell of fresh baked bread walking to and from school or work, but do you remember Yoch's on the radio? WISL aired many commercial over the years for "Yoch's Dutch Maid Bread" and we are fortunate enough to have a couple of these classic commercials to share. AUDIO EXHIBITS Yoch's New Dutch Maid White Enriched Bread (1957)   I "Yike" New Dutch Maid "Bwead!" (1964)   Yoch Bakers Bake Early (1964)   Yoch's Dutch Maid Sandwich Bread (1964)   Enriched...

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WISL HALL OF FAME: “The Morning Mayor” Tom Kutza

  • May 7, 2014
WISL HALL OF FAME: “The Morning Mayor” Tom Kutza

There are few names more recognizable in the Shamokin and Mount Carmel areas than Tom Kutza, and even fewer that conjure up such positive and happy memories. Of all the voices heard over the WISL airwaves, Tom's was there the longest, spending roughly 34 years behind the microphone. To many, it's unimaginable to think that Tom worked anywhere else other than WISL, but believe it or not, there was a time that Tom was just a kid trying to break into the business. In radio, you needed to take whatever job or jobs you could get, and Tom's break into the business occurred at two different radio...

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WISL HALL OF FAME: Bob Rudy

  • May 6, 2014
WISL HALL OF FAME: Bob Rudy

Many big names in radio had their start at some small market radio station. They learned the ropes by working the late shifts, engineering sporting events and remote broadcasts and running public service and religious programming on Sunday mornings. These certainly weren't glamorous by any means, but for the budding young talent, any chance to get behind the mic was worth it, even if you were only reading the weather. South Central Pennsylvania radio listeners will recognize the name Bob Rudy from his 9 years at Oldies 96.1 WSOX as half of the "Mad Dog and Rudy Morning Show." However,...

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WISL HALL OF FAME: Carl Kanaskie a.k.a. Carl Konner

  • May 4, 2014
WISL HALL OF FAME: Carl Kanaskie a.k.a. Carl Konner

Carl J. Kanaskie (air name Carl Konner) worked at WISL from June of 1956 to August of 1958. During that time he gathered and read news, did a number of remote broadcasts, including sporting events, and hosted a variety of music programs, most notably the afternoon show "Konner’s Korner" and, every other week, the Saturday evening call-in program "Juke Box Saturday Night." He also conducted interviews with celebrities of the day, among them crooner Eddie Fisher (by phone) and Rock and Roll legend, Little Richard (in person). Carl left WISL in 1958 and served in the U.S. Army for two years...

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“I Was A Communist For The FBI” starring Dana Andrews

  • May 3, 2014
“I Was A Communist For The FBI” starring Dana Andrews

Radio was a much different medium in 1948 when WISL first signed on the air. Back then, radio was programmed much like television is programmed today with a schedule of different programming types throughout the day. Most radio stations had network affiliations and would run prime time and news programing offered by them. WISL was a Mutual Network affiliate and aired a number of their programs. We will dig into this topic at a later date. For this post we will revisit a short lived program that centered on one of the biggest political topics of the day, Communism. The year was 1952, the "Red...

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Tom Kutza interviews Stanley Coveleski – 1969

  • May 3, 2014
Tom Kutza interviews Stanley Coveleski – 1969

Stanley Coveleski was born Stanislaus Kowalewski on July 13th 1889 in Shamokin, PA. He was a 5 foot, 11 inch, right handed pitcher that made his major league debut in 1912 with the Philadelphia Athletics. Through 1928, Coveleski would play for the Cleveland Indians, The Washington Senators and The New York Yankees.He had a 60% win-loss record in 357 games with a 2.89 ERA. He led the league twice with 38 career shutouts, once in ERA and once in Strikeouts. During the 1920 World Series, he had an ERA of 0.67 and beat the Brooklyn Dodgers three times (3-1, 5-1 and 3-0), a record that stood for 26 years,...

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Fuhrmann & Schmidt Radio Commercials from 1956

  • May 3, 2014
Fuhrmann & Schmidt Radio Commercials from 1956

The Furhmann & Schmidt Brewing Company was formed in 1906, operating from a facility located at Commerce and Washington Streets in Shamokin. Known as simply F&S, They produced a variety of brews that could be found in tap rooms all over the city. Although the brewery closed in 1975, the memory is still very much alive. If you would like to learn more about the rich history of Furhmann & Schmidt, Larry Deklinski, Staff Writer for the News Item, published an amazing history of F&S. CLICK HERE to for the News Item Article. Business was booming by the 1950's and F&S began...

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Classic WISL jingles 1950’s vintage

  • May 2, 2014
Classic WISL jingles 1950’s vintage

If you've listened to the live stream at WISL1480.com, you are probably familiar with the classic jingles presented in the oldies format. It's hard to believe, but these jingles never aired on the original WISL. These jingles are actually edits, and were created using different vintage jingle packages from WFIL in Philadelphia and WISM in Madison, Wisconsin, giving us the necessary parts for a natural sounding WIS-L sing. Jingles were a major part of radio programming from the 50's through the 70's. These "little songs" created a custom brand for the station and helped keep continuity between...

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