REMEMBERING WNEW 1130 IN NEW YORK
A few weekends ago, I attended a reunion of wonderful people who worked at WNEW 1130 in New York during the decade of the 1960s. It was delightful to see former newsmen, Ed Brown, Alan Walden, Ray Rice, Bill Diehl and so many others. Unfortunately, most of the deejays have passed on, but Jim Lowe is still around. Sorry, he was unable to make the event. How I remember those days…studios and offices were at 565 Fifth Avenue. The entrance was around the corner on East 46th just across from our favorite watering hole, The Miramar. The on-air lineup began with the zany morning team of . Gene Klavan and Dee Finch. From ten to one each day, we celebrated the greatest professional of them all, William B. Williams. From 1-4, Pete Myers…Pete was smart, well educated and died way too early in his life. Ted Brown came next from 4-8 and he was an accomplished radio showman. There were others, of course, Jim Lowe, Dick Shepherd, Marty O’Hara to name a few. My days programming WNEW were some of my happiest and most rewarding. Visit their web site at WNEW1130.com.
Peggy Lee & WNEW
Mel Torme & WNEW
George Shearing, the celebrated British Jazz pianist
WNEW, New York
WHO COULD FORGET WIP 610, PHILADELPHIA
WIP 610 is now Philadelphia’s sports station and doing very well. However, its most important years, in my opinion, were during the decade of the 1960s, also my most formative years in radio. John W. Kluge, former Chairman of Metropolitan Broadcasting, soon to become Metromedia, completed the purchase of the station in 1959. Harvey L. Glascock became General Manager and hired me as a deejay and Music Director. It was a no brainer for me to accept because the company group included my favorite station, WNEW in NYC. I was promoted to Program Director in 1962 and helped develop the wonderful deejay staff of Joe McCauley, Chuck Dougherty, Jim Tate, Tom Brown, Marty O’Hara, Dick Reynolds and Music Director Alan Hotlen. We eventually added Ken Garland and Dick Clayton. After succeeding Dave Croninger as Vice President and General Manager in 1968, I added Philadelphia Eagles Football and deejays Tom Moran and Bill Webber. These were WIP’s most formative years operating from offices and studios at 19th and Walnut across from Rittenhouse Square. The concepts behind Dick Carr’s Big Bands Ballads & Blues were inspired by my association with WNEW and WIP.
With Loretta Lynn
Joe Theisman, Quarterback of the Washington Redskins, me and Merrill Osmond of the Osmond Brothers Quartet
WIP Philadelphia deejay lineup circa 1962