1950’s

“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 Advertisement – Broadcasting Magazine 1951-52

  • December 5, 2014
WISL Advertisement – Broadcasting Magazine 1951-52

When WISL radio signed on in 1948 there was quite a bit of money up for grabs in the Shamokin area. Independence Street was full of businesses, local jobs gave residents money to spend and WISL had the medium that could bring the consumer to the stores. WISL did not just target the local advertising market, they also looked to the national advertisers for revenue opportunities. However, being a fledgling station, WISL had to advertise itself to the advertisers, otherwise known as the agency advertising buyers. Our featured exhibit is one of the print ads featured in Broadcasting Magazine during...

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RCA Tube Testimonial from WISL Engineer Ray Willard

  • November 13, 2014
RCA Tube Testimonial from WISL Engineer Ray Willard

Here an interesting find; A trade magazine advertisement for RCA-866-A tubes printed in a 1956 edition of "Broadcasting Magazine". Through the 1960's the vacuum tube was a vital part of most audio transmitting and receiving equipment. The rectifier tubes advertised here were used in the transmitter of WISL and according to WISL's Chief Engineer Ray Willard were very dependable. In this advertisement, RCA touts their tube's dependability with this testimonial quote from Willard... "I thought you might be interested in the report of two RCA -866A mercury -vapor rectifiers we have been operating...

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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-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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Yoch’s Dutch Maid Bread Radio Commercials

  • May 8, 2014
Yoch’s Dutch Maid Bread Radio Commercials

If you lived in Shamokin prior to 1977 you will certainly remember Yoch's Bakery. You may even remember the smell of fresh baked bread walking to and from school or work, but do you remember Yoch's on the radio? WISL aired many commercial over the years for "Yoch's Dutch Maid Bread" and we are fortunate enough to have a couple of these classic commercials to share. AUDIO EXHIBITS Yoch's New Dutch Maid White Enriched Bread (1957)   I "Yike" New Dutch Maid "Bwead!" (1964)   Yoch Bakers Bake Early (1964)   Yoch's Dutch Maid Sandwich Bread (1964)   Enriched...

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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: 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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