Radio Shows

WISL HALL OF FAME: Bernie Romanoski

  • October 7, 2016
WISL HALL OF FAME: Bernie Romanoski

The Anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania has produced some of the finest athletes our country has known. In high school football, our schools are frequent winners of regional and state championships and nobody knew those teams and their coaches better than Bernie Romanoski. No WISL Hall of Fame entry would be complete without a little background history. Bernie was born on August 25th 1922, was a 1941 graduate of Coal Township High School and was a lifelong resident of the Shamokin-Coal Township area. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and reached the rank of Sergeant. He served in both...

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Tom Kutza Interviews Clarke Ingram January 30th 1992 ***RARE VIDEO***

  • June 28, 2016

One of the things we love here at WISLRadioHistory.com is finding a long forgotten tape of WISL when it was live and local. Hearing the disc jockey banter, the voices of the callers, the subject matter and advertisers gives us an incredible look into not only how the radio station sounded, but also the community that it served. Today, however, we have a very special opportunity, the chance to actually watch WISL Radio in action! The date was January 30th 1992 and Tom Kutza has a special guest on his daily talk show. On this program Tom welcomes Clarke Ingram, veteran radio personality to the WISL...

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“Mr. District Attorney” starring David Brian

  • May 18, 2016
“Mr. District Attorney” starring David Brian

"Mr. District Attorney" was a very popular and long running radio drama. Starting in April 1939 as a 15-minute serial, the program would become a 30 minute program by June when it was named the summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show. "Mr. District Attorney" was created, written and directed by Ed Byron who based the program on New York Governor Thomas Dewey who was famous for his war against racketeering. Byron sought to bring a very realistic program to the air. The stories were a product of Byron's study of crime statistics, criminology texts and crime reports in the newspaper. Byron...

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The Story of “Letters To Santa”

  • December 22, 2014
The Story of “Letters To Santa”

  Growing up in the Shamokin and Mount Carmel area, it's likely that when you hear someone say "Letters To Santa" it brings a warm feeling to your heart. It may bring back memories of preparing your letter for Santa, probably with the help of your Mother or Father, and then either mailing it to WISL Radio (a.k.a. The North Pole) or going with Mom or Dad to drop it off at a local business, who would make sure it would get to Santa, then racing home from school, or maybe waking up extra early to hear Santa Clause read your letter live on WISL Radio. The program was "Letters To Santa"...

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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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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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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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“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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