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“Dialing the DJ’s with TJ” Teen Life with Kutza and Flynn

  • November 19, 2014
“Dialing the DJ’s with TJ” Teen Life with Kutza and Flynn

In August of 1964, WISL radio and Shamokin were catching their piece of the national spotlight, (well at least on some level), in the pages of a well known teen magazine. That summer Teen Life Magazine brought their traveling record hop parade to town, just in time for Shamokin's 150th anniversary celebration. Teen Life Magazine had their own DJ, "cleverly" named T.J. who traveled from town to town across the United States hosting record hops, many times bringing a music star or two with him. This time, it was Shamokin's turn. Along with SMASH Records A&R man Doug Moody, T.J. met T.K,...

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RCA Tube Testimonial from WISL Engineer Ray Willard

  • November 13, 2014
RCA Tube Testimonial from WISL Engineer Ray Willard

Here an interesting find; A trade magazine advertisement for RCA-866-A tubes printed in a 1956 edition of "Broadcasting Magazine". Through the 1960's the vacuum tube was a vital part of most audio transmitting and receiving equipment. The rectifier tubes advertised here were used in the transmitter of WISL and according to WISL's Chief Engineer Ray Willard were very dependable. In this advertisement, RCA touts their tube's dependability with this testimonial quote from Willard... "I thought you might be interested in the report of two RCA -866A mercury -vapor rectifiers we have been operating...

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WISL HALL OF FAME: Tom Kalinowski a.k.a. Tom Kollins

  • November 7, 2014
WISL HALL OF FAME: Tom Kalinowski a.k.a. Tom Kollins

A couple months ago we were introduced to Tom Kollins and had the pleasure of spending some time on the phone reminiscing about his days at WISL. Tom provided a wealth of knowledge, some fascinating recordings and just plain good conversation. We are honored to present to you the Tom Kalinowski story. Thomas Kalinowski's involvement with WISL radio goes back farther than anyone we have been able to interview for the WISL Hall of Fame. He was only 12 years old in 1948 when he auditioned with the Kelly Bogetti Orchestra for a live music spot at the station. Tom says that Kelly Bogetti billed...

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