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WISL HALL OF FAME: Bob Rudy

  • May 6, 2014
Bob Rudy Behind The Mic

Bob Rudy Behind The Mic

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.

Oldies 96.1 Logo

Oldies 96.1 Logo

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, on Christmas Day in 1980, he was starting his radio career at WISL. Bob Rudy remembers…

“Christmas Day (Dec. 25th) 1980. I drove from Etters (Yocumtown) to Shamokin every Sunday evening to do 6:00 PM till Midnight. Live rip-and-read news, sports and weather at the top and bottom of each hour from that teletype machine down the hall, which I believe, was probably one of the first….probably delivered by Marconi. Music 6-8:00, ran a 12” reel-to-reel tape with “Make believe Ballroom” from 8-10:00, then back to music (45 rpm records) from 10:00-Midnight.

I remember being hired by Bernie Flynn.

I couldn’t get my first break (without experience) in the Harrisburg area, but Carol O’Leary’s husband Jim was a part owner of WISL and suggested I call Bernie. Carol was the General Manager of WTPA-FM 104.

After a few months of doing Sunday evenings at WISL, I got my foot in the door with Ben Barber at WIOO-AM 100 in Carlisle. At this point I started doing sign-on at WIOO (about March 1981) until 12:00 Noon, driving home for about 2-3 hours, then heading up to Shamokin to do 6-Midnight. That summer, I filled in a few times (Saturday nights) at Magic 93 in Mechanicsburg (after the QV93 days). At this point I was doing Saturday night in Mechanicsburg, Sunday morning in Carlisle, and Sunday evening in Shamokin…while working a full-time job (outside of radio) during the week.

Eventually, I gave up all three jobs to go part-time at WTPA-FM 104.”

Bob would work for over sixteen radio stations over the next three decades, and become one of the most recognized voices in Central Pennsylvania radio.

"Pet Guardians Radio"

“Pet Guardians Radio”

Today, Bob teaches part-time at Elizabethtown College in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He teaches “communications” courses on topics that include, International communications, Multicultural Communications, Persuasion and Interpersonal Communication. Bob has also broken into the world of internet broadcasting with his “Pet Guardians Radio” at www.petguardians.org. They offer an eclectic selection of music and help get the word out about a great non profit organization that helps find homes for amazing animals. Check out their site and learn more about the great work they are doing.

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