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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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A Big Mac Contest on WISL

  • October 1, 2014
A Big Mac Contest on WISL

This is how McDonald's was getting the Big Mac sandwich into the minds of millions of customers in the Mid 1970's. The original concept, "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions - on a sesame seed bun" began as a simple single word heading designed for college newspapers, but quickly grew into a song, a television advertisement and a promotion that had radio listeners trying to say the ingredients as fast as they could for a chance to win prizes. While many still remember the slogan today, the original campaign was ended in 1976, after a mere year and a half run. The...

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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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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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WISL Advertising Rate Card #6524

  • June 13, 2014
WISL Advertising Rate Card #6524

What was the cost of advertising on WISL radio in the late 1980's into the early 90's? This rate was used to determine the different charges for advertising in each day-part and feature.

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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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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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