Mick Haggerty

Happy St. Patrick’s Day; Tom Kutza Interviews Joseph John “The Polish Leprechaun” 1997

  • March 17, 2017
Happy St. Patrick’s Day; Tom Kutza Interviews Joseph John “The Polish Leprechaun” 1997

It was St. Patrick's Day 1997 and Tom Kutza's talk program on WISL hosted a very special guest for the holiday. His name was Joseph Shilpetski but on St. Patrick's Day he called himself Joseph John "The Polish Leprechaun" and he was live and very much in color in the WISL studios at Rock and Sunbury Streets in Shamokin. According to a 1991 article in the Allentown Morning Call, Shilpetski was born in Centralia, PA and left the area in 1952 when the last of the mines closed. He ended up moving to Lancaster County looking for work, but Centralia remained very much a part of him. In the article...

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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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