1960’s

Annie and Willie’s Prayer

  • December 25, 2014

Tom Kutza has always loved the Christmas season, and being on the air at WISL he had the opportunity to share with his listeners the sentimental side of the holiday. Each year you would be guaranteed to hear songs such as Johnny Cash's "The Christmas Guest", Kate Smith's "Happy Birthday, Dear Christ Child" and many others. There were also spoken word pieces such as John Facenda's reading of "The Nativity" and "The Story of Small One" but the Christmas tradition that was most dear to Kutza, came from his own heart; his own reading of "Annie and Willie's Prayer." This poem was written by Sophia...

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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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“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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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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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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Tom Kutza interviews Stanley Coveleski – 1969

  • May 3, 2014
Tom Kutza interviews Stanley Coveleski – 1969

Stanley Coveleski was born Stanislaus Kowalewski on July 13th 1889 in Shamokin, PA. He was a 5 foot, 11 inch, right handed pitcher that made his major league debut in 1912 with the Philadelphia Athletics. Through 1928, Coveleski would play for the Cleveland Indians, The Washington Senators and The New York Yankees.He had a 60% win-loss record in 357 games with a 2.89 ERA. He led the league twice with 38 career shutouts, once in ERA and once in Strikeouts. During the 1920 World Series, he had an ERA of 0.67 and beat the Brooklyn Dodgers three times (3-1, 5-1 and 3-0), a record that stood for 26 years,...

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