Magazine Articles

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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“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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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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