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Radio Station WISL: Broadcast News September 1949

  • July 30, 2014
Radio Station WISL: Broadcast News September 1949

When WISL Radio signed on the air for the first time in January of 1948 it was truly a "state of the art facility." The second floor of the Lark Building, a former bank, on Sunbury Street, was completely remodeled into a modern radio studio complete with a main control studio, news booth and a performance studio, in addition to administrative office. The walls were covered with acoustical tiles and the floor was finished with cork. This clean, new space was certainly a sight to behold. Throughout the 1940's and 1950's RCA published a magazine entitled "Broadcast News," highlighting the accomplishments...

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If You’re Going to Shamokin – a sonnet by Pete Wambach

  • July 4, 2014
If You’re Going to Shamokin – a sonnet by Pete Wambach

For Shamokin's 125th Anniversary celebration, Pete Wambach was brought to town by WISL's Tom Kutza to do what he did best, talk. For this special occasion, Pete chose to write a sonnet encompassing everything it meant live, breathe, eat and die in Shamokin. The sonnet was delivered by Pete at the 125th Anniversary Banquet on Friday August 25th 1989 and printed in the News-Item that weekend. 25 years later, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our city, it's appropriate to bring back Pete's wonderful words. A special thanks to Rose Broscius for locating and scanning these old newspaper...

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It’s a Beautiful Day in “The Region” with Pete Wambach

  • July 2, 2014
It’s a Beautiful Day in “The Region” with Pete Wambach

If you grew up in Pennsylvania in the 1970's and 80's, and found yourself anywhere near a radio, it's a good bet that you have heard this man's voice. From 1969 through 1985 the words "It's a Beautiful Day In Pennsylvania" were delivered through the gravelly vocal chords of one Pete Wambach. During it's run, the radio feature program officially titled "This is Pennsylvania," was broadcast on more than 100 Pennsylvania radio stations. The idea was simple, each day Pete presented a little known fact about the state's history, some local trivia from a long forgotten corner of the state or a highlight...

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