WISL Hall of Fame

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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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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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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WISL HALL OF FAME: Bob Rudy

  • May 6, 2014
WISL HALL OF FAME: Bob Rudy

Many big names in radio had their start at some small market radio station. They learned the ropes by working the late shifts, engineering sporting events and remote broadcasts and running public service and religious programming on Sunday mornings. These certainly weren't glamorous by any means, but for the budding young talent, any chance to get behind the mic was worth it, even if you were only reading the weather. South Central Pennsylvania radio listeners will recognize the name Bob Rudy from his 9 years at Oldies 96.1 WSOX as half of the "Mad Dog and Rudy Morning Show." However,...

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WISL HALL OF FAME: Carl Kanaskie a.k.a. Carl Konner

  • May 4, 2014
WISL HALL OF FAME: Carl Kanaskie a.k.a. Carl Konner

Carl J. Kanaskie (air name Carl Konner) worked at WISL from June of 1956 to August of 1958. During that time he gathered and read news, did a number of remote broadcasts, including sporting events, and hosted a variety of music programs, most notably the afternoon show "Konner’s Korner" and, every other week, the Saturday evening call-in program "Juke Box Saturday Night." He also conducted interviews with celebrities of the day, among them crooner Eddie Fisher (by phone) and Rock and Roll legend, Little Richard (in person). Carl left WISL in 1958 and served in the U.S. Army for two years...

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WISL HALL OF FAME: Howard Hertzog a.k.a Scott Davis

  • May 1, 2014
WISL HALL OF FAME: Howard Hertzog a.k.a Scott Davis

Howard Hertzog was a very busy guy in the Shamokin Area. During his short life, he managed to pack in as much activity and good will as he could. Howard was an active member of the Jaycees and served on the committee that raised the money needed to purchase a heart monitor for Shamokin State General Hospital. Howard was also the co-chariman for the 1969 Shamokin Area Heart Drive. Remember LAREDO (the Lower Anthracite Regional Economic Development Organization)? He was also chairman for the 1969 Miss Laredo Contest. LAREDO was the organization that helped start the Glen Burn Mine Tour, Howard...

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