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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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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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Fuhrmann & Schmidt Radio Commercials from 1956

  • May 3, 2014
Fuhrmann & Schmidt Radio Commercials from 1956

The Furhmann & Schmidt Brewing Company was formed in 1906, operating from a facility located at Commerce and Washington Streets in Shamokin. Known as simply F&S, They produced a variety of brews that could be found in tap rooms all over the city. Although the brewery closed in 1975, the memory is still very much alive. If you would like to learn more about the rich history of Furhmann & Schmidt, Larry Deklinski, Staff Writer for the News Item, published an amazing history of F&S. CLICK HERE to for the News Item Article. Business was booming by the 1950's and F&S began...

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