The Radio Tower
The Radio Tower is the podcast of the Long Island Radio and Television Historical Society. We feature stories of the men and women that worked in the field as well as the myths and the machines that made Long Island an early cradle of radio history.
info_outline Episode 30: Andy Mendelsohn on WBAB and WRCN 02/22/2021
Episode 30: Andy Mendelsohn on WBAB and WRCN Andy Mendelsohn gravitated to radio from an early age. By the time he was in high school in East Northport, he found himself on the school's station and at an internship at WBAB. This brought him into the orbit of Bob Buchmann, Roger Luce and Rockin' Robin, among others. After a stint in college and radio in Connecticut and Westchester, he returned to Long Island in the nineties on WRCN to battle WBAB for ratings and local bragging rights.
info_outline Episode 29: Chris Verga and the Long Island Home Front 02/08/2021
Episode 29: Chris Verga and the Long Island Home Front Historian and author Chris Verga discusses his new book, World War II Long Island: The Homefront in Nassau and Suffolk.
info_outline Radio Tower 28: The History of Radios with John Vuolo Part III 01/24/2021
Radio Tower 28: The History of Radios with John Vuolo Part III Join us for part III of our conversation with board member John Vuolo. We continue our look at the advancement of radio technology up through the 1970s with some detours along the way.
info_outline Radio Tower 27: The History of Radios with John Vuolo. Part II 12/01/2020
Radio Tower 27: The History of Radios with John Vuolo. Part II We're running a miniseries of interviews with LIRTVHS board member John Vuolo about the history and development of radios.
info_outline Radio Tower 26: The History of Radios with John Vuolo, 1920s edition. 11/07/2020
Radio Tower 26: The History of Radios with John Vuolo, 1920s edition. LIRTVHS board member John Vuolo, a radio collector and restoration expert, discusses radios from the 1920s. How did they operate, how many survive, and how do you go about making them work again?
info_outline Episode 25: Bob Hobday and the Antique Wireless Museum 10/12/2020
Episode 25: Bob Hobday and the Antique Wireless Museum Today we speak with Bob Hobday about the operations of the Antique Wireless Museum in Bloomfield, New York.
info_outline Long Island Home Front: Look to the Skies 03/22/2020
Long Island Home Front: Look to the Skies 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.
info_outline Radio Tower #21: Larry Davidson 02/04/2020
Radio Tower #21: Larry Davidson 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.
info_outline Long Island Home Front: Marie Mack of Brooklyn and Mt Sinai 01/11/2020
Long Island Home Front: Marie Mack of Brooklyn and Mt Sinai 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.
info_outline Long Island Home Front: Jack Beebe and West Sayville 01/01/2020
Long Island Home Front: Jack Beebe and West Sayville 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.
info_outline Radio Tower 18: Dave Vieser of WGBB 11/04/2019
Radio Tower 18: Dave Vieser of WGBB 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.
info_outline Radio Tower 17: Robert Ottone and Bullet Bob Ottone 10/07/2019
Radio Tower 17: Robert Ottone and Bullet Bob Ottone 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.
info_outline Radio Tower 16: Jack Kratoville 09/23/2019
Radio Tower 16: Jack Kratoville 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.
info_outline Episode 15: Dennis Daniel on WBAB and WDRE 05/06/2019
Episode 15: Dennis Daniel on WBAB and WDRE 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.
info_outline Episode 13: Bill Edwards and Progamming WALK 03/02/2019
Episode 13: Bill Edwards and Progamming WALK From the hills of Scranton to the shores of Patchogue Bay, Bill Edwards pursued a career in radio driven by his love of music. As program director at WALK on Long Island, he helped build the sound of the station through the 1980s and 90s.
info_outline Radio Tower 12: David North Makes It Work 02/14/2019
Radio Tower 12: David North Makes It Work David North forged a career in journalism from the wilds of New Hampshire to the shores of Long Island, from television to radio to print and back again. On today's episode we discuss his long path as well as his time at Channel 67 in Islip and at WALK-FM, among others. We discuss the twin poles of radio that are Howard Stern and Paul Harvey, as well as David's memorable meetings with Jack Ellsworth on Long Island.
info_outline Radio Tower #10: I Remember Radio with John Vuolo 12/31/2018
Radio Tower #10: I Remember Radio with John Vuolo John Vuolo has been collecting and restoring radios since he was a teenager. On this episode he recouns how he got interested in old radios and some highlights of his collecting career.
info_outline Radio Tower 8: Community Day at Sayville Library 10/15/2018
Radio Tower 8: Community Day at Sayville Library We were invited to the Sayville Library for a community breakfast to help kick off The Great Give Back 2018. It was a great opportunity to share what LIRTVHS but also to get to know and appreciate all the other organizations doing so much for Sayville and the community.
info_outline Radio Tower 7: Danielle Campbell, News Channel 12 06/25/2018
Radio Tower 7: Danielle Campbell, News Channel 12 Daniell Campbell shares a look back at how she got started in the business - from behind the scenes at WGSM's FM station to WNBC during the Howard Stern era to 1010 WINS, Channel 55 and more.
info_outline Radio Tower 5: I Remember Radio with Connie Currie 03/12/2018
Radio Tower 5: I Remember Radio with Connie Currie Connie Currie grew up in Hicksville where her father, Roland Gibson, was the radio/TV repair man at Spiro’s Department Store. She earned her amateur radio Novice License KN2RBM in 1956 but not without some resistance.
info_outline Radio Tower 4: Talking Bing Crosby with Arne Fogel 02/19/2018
Radio Tower 4: Talking Bing Crosby with Arne Fogel Arne Fogel, host of The Bing Shift on Jazz88 FM as well as a student and devotee of all things Crosby, relates Bing's career in radio. We talk about how Bing helped define the medium, how he rose to be a multimedia star, his role in changing recording technology, and more.
info_outline Radio Tower 3: I Remember Radio with Richard Hawkins 02/01/2018
Radio Tower 3: I Remember Radio with Richard Hawkins LIRTVHS board member Richard Hawkins of Eastport on his time as a radioman in the Navy.
info_outline Radio Tower 1: Al Bernstein of Suffolk County Community College 11/10/2017
Radio Tower 1: Al Bernstein of Suffolk County Community College Al Bernstein has been teaching television and radio production at Suffolk County Community College since 1974.