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

  • May 4, 2014
Carl Konner WISL Promotional Picture

Carl Konner WISL Promotional Picture

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).

Reed's Dairy Ribbon from Carl's Days at WISL

Reed’s Dairy Ribbon from Carl’s Days at WISL

Carl left WISL in 1958 and served in the U.S. Army for two years as a specialist in information and broadcasting. In addition to writing and gathering news for the post newspaper, he conducted hometown interviews with enlisted men and handled public relations responsibilities. A highlight of his years of service was being chosen for duty at the Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, CA, where he aided German and Japanese broadcasters as they disseminated game results to their homelands.

Carl Konner WCNR Promotional Picture

Carl Konner WCNR Promotional Picture

After the Army, Carl returned to Pennsylvania and was hired by WCNR Radio in Bloomsburg. Carl would stay at WCNR for over 20 years. His tasks included writing and reporting news, hosting record shows and conducting numerous on-air interviews–in studio and remotely–with celebrities and community and political leaders. He also attended Bloomsburg University while employed at the station, eventually earning his bachelor’s degree in geography and social sciences, and his master’s degree in geography.

Carl grading papers as a graduate student at Bloomsburg University

Carl grading papers as a graduate student at Bloomsburg University

In 1980, he accepted a position in the public relations office at Millersville University (MU), where he was employed for 24 years in a variety of news- and PR- related management positions, retiring as the institution’s director of communications. His responsibilities included: writing and editing the University’s bi-monthly newsletter; composing news releases/tip-sheets/announcements for regional media and working with them as they covered University activities; and advising faculty, administrators and staff on how to deal with media when confronted with sensitive issues relating to the institution and its students.

Carl Kanaskie Millersville University Photo

Carl Kanaskie Millersville University Photo

In retirement, Carl volunteers with several organizations. He is a trustee of the Millersville Area Historical Society, conducting its publicity and media relations efforts. He is a member of the Lancaster County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council. He is a member of the Sierra Club-Lancaster Group (and past executive committee member), handling its publicity, media and public relations. He serves on the Marketing Committee of Lancaster’s North Museum of Natural History & Science. And, he has been involved with the MU Mentoring Program over the past seven years.

Carl Today

Carl Today

We were very lucky to have had the chance to meet Carl at the 2013 Anthracite Heritage Festival in Shamokin. Carl and his wife stopped by the WISL display as Tom Kutza was broadcasting. To Carl’s surprise, more than 50 years after he had left WISL radio, Tom immediately recognized his voice and blurted out… “Your Carl Konner!” Carl was kind enough to provide us with the information and images presented in this post.

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