Newspaper Clippings

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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“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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Vintage Shamokin Equipment Jingle

  • March 5, 2015

Shamokin Equipment is located at the corner of Sunbury and Shamokin streets and has served Shamokin for over 50 years. As the advertisement below states, they were a full service business equipment supplier in the early days. Most in Shamokin know the business for it's selection of home appliances and as a long time Frigidaire Dealer. Presented here is a jingle created for Shamokin Equipment dated 1951. We recently stumbled across this acetate disc at an antique store in Lewisburg, PA. This is a great example of the early early sound of local radio at WISL. This jingle would have been...

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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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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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WISL Radio Marks 50 Years – News Item Article January 16th 1998

  • June 20, 2014
WISL Radio Marks 50 Years – News Item Article January 16th 1998

January of 1998 marked the 50th anniversary of WISL radio. By this time the station was owned by Charles "Mick" Haggerty and was suffering the effects of a faltering local economy. Within a couple of years Morning Man and WISL cornerstone Tom Kutza would leave the station and move on as Northumberland County Tourism Director and the stations (AM and FM) would be sold and the AM taken dark. While tough times lay ahead, WISL was celebrating 50 years and looking ahead with high hopes. To mark the occasion, News Item Staff Writer Mark Gilger put together a nice write up of the station for their...

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1968 WISL Transmitter Fire

  • May 31, 2014
1968 WISL Transmitter Fire

Fire tore through the WISL Transmitter site located on Big Mountain on February 17th 1968 completely destroying all equipment and forcing the station of the air for a brief period of time. Below is an article published in the Shamokin News-Dispatch on February 19th 1968, the Monday following the fire. Thanks to Heather Sharp-Makal for uncovering this newspaper clipping. On the same day that this article was published WISL also ran a nice sized ad proclaiming that the station would be back on the air shortly and thanking the listeners for their support and patience. Amazingly within...

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WISL-TV… It was almost a reality!

  • May 31, 2014
WISL-TV… It was almost a reality!

In 1953 WISL was celebrating five years of radio broadcasting in Shamokin. To commemorate the occasion Radio Anthracite, parent company of WISL, took out a full page ad in the Shamokin News Dispatch. The advertisement touts an award they received from the Pennsylvania Week Radio and Television Committee, a special fifth anniversary cash contest sponsored by National Dime Bank and the first official announcement of Radio Anthracite's intentions of opening and operating a television station in Shamokin. The Federal Communications Commissions was assigning new UHF television stations across the country...

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