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Radio Tower #9: Radio and World War One

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Release Date: 11/13/2018

Long Island Home Front: Look to the Skies show art Long Island Home Front: Look to the Skies

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On this episode of the Radio Tower, we feature more excerpts from the Long Island Home Front oral history project.  The subject is aviation and a time of frantic activity on Long Island. With companies like Grumman and Republic Aviation and airfields like Mitchel and Roosevelt Field, there was plenty for a young boy to see in the skies overhead.

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Radio Tower #22: Cindy Clifford show art Radio Tower #22: Cindy Clifford

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Cindy Clifford never had a plan but she still found her way to an eventful career in Long Island radio, from WRCN in Riverhead to WWHB in Hampton Bays to a long stint on the WALK morning show with Mark Daniels. 

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Radio Tower #21: Larry Davidson show art Radio Tower #21: Larry Davidson

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Life has taken Larry Davidson from a bodega in Spanish Harlem to a vineyard in Aquebogue and many places in between. Through it all, his keen mind and relentless curiousity have helped him forge a career in broadcasting as an interviewer of authors, singer songwriters, politicians, and more. He's worked on WGBB and Cablevision as well as on a number of well-received series conducted at libraries and other cultural centers around the region.  His latest is a foray into podcasting with The Artful Periscope.

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Long Island Home Front: Marie Mack of Brooklyn and Mt Sinai show art Long Island Home Front: Marie Mack of Brooklyn and Mt Sinai

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We're featuring more segments from the Long Island Home Front, our oral history project focusing on the impact of World War 2 on Long Island. Today we hear from Marie Mack, Brooklyn Native and longtime Mount Sinai summer resident.

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Long Island Home Front: Jack Beebe and West Sayville  show art Long Island Home Front: Jack Beebe and West Sayville

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The Long Island Home Front is an oral history project being conducted by the LI Radio & TV Historical Society (LIRTVHS), Sayville Historical Society and Sayville Public Library. Our mission is to preserve and share memories of Long Island during World War II and we will be sharing portions of interviews via the Radio Tower podcast of LIRTVHS.

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Radio Tower 18: Dave Vieser of WGBB show art Radio Tower 18: Dave Vieser of WGBB

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Beginning his broadcasting career in his basement as a child in Baldwin, Dave Vieser went on to learn radio at WVHC at Hofstra before landing the dream job: playing music on WGBB in Freeport. He started on weekends, then night shifts, then afternoons and finally mornings. On this episode we sit down with Dave to talk about his career in radio and beyond, from spinning records to covering high school sports to working for Nassau County's Press Office.

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Radio Tower 17: Robert Ottone and Bullet Bob Ottone show art Radio Tower 17: Robert Ottone and Bullet Bob Ottone

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Robert Ottone discusses the life and times of his father, Bullet Bob Ottone. A DJ at WGLI and WGBB in the 1970s, Bullet Bob was known for his rapid-fire delivery. He was one of WGBB's "Super Six", hosting the Night Train from midnight to six am.  He also taught radio at Brentwood High School and ran their station WXBA-FM. To top it all off, in his later years he was the PA announcer for the Long Island Ducks.

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Radio Tower 16: Jack Kratoville show art Radio Tower 16: Jack Kratoville

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Growing up in Riverhead in the 1960s, Jack Kratoville always wanted to be on the mic. He got his wish, forging a career that started with unpaid news reads on WRCN and continued to include stints at WLNG, WWHB, WMJC and more.

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Episode 15: Dennis Daniel on WBAB and WDRE show art Episode 15: Dennis Daniel on WBAB and WDRE

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Dennis was a Production Director whose fertile imagination and drive camouflaged spots touting dentists and car steroes inside a theater of the absurd. With a gift for impersonation and a bottomles well of pop culture memories to draw on, Dennis forged a successful career on Long Island that included winning multiple CLIO awards while working at WBAB and then WDRE.

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Radio Tower14: Jack Beebe Behind the Scenes show art Radio Tower14: Jack Beebe Behind the Scenes

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Jack Beebe calls himself "Mr. Backstage" but in terms of radio and television history in New York City since the 1950s, he's had a front row seat.

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We were at the Sayville Public Library on Nov. 10th commemorating World War I and its effect on radio history. You'll hear from documentary film maker Joe Sikorski on his latest project chronicling the Telefunken site in Sayville. Built, owned and operated as a German radio station, Telefunken played a pivitol role in the United State's entry into the war.

We also talk with LIRTVHS board member John Vuolo on a unique piece of radio equipment we recently added to our collection. Radio was one of the cutting edge technologies being adapted by the military in World War One, even to the point of bolting receivers into biplanes.