Monday, March 7, 2016

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #336

ROB NEYHARD'S MEMORY OF THE MAYOR OF WARMLAND

Rob Neyhard (Facebook) 


Mayor McNulty at the microphone. (LuLac archives)
Former WARM Radio Program Director Rob Neyhard had this memory of the late Mayor Jim McNulty when he was his "Mayor of WARMland program. Here is this great story: 
David..we in the media, all have great stories to tell about Jim Mcnulty. Those of us that worked with him at WARM when he was the Mayor of WARMLAND will never forget his everyday arrival at the Mighty 590..Minutes before his show would start you could see Jim come flying to the top of the parking lot, car bouncing through the lot until he found an open space. he would jump out of the car, sometimes not even closing the door, run into the building past receptionist Mary Ellen, get into the studio and open the mic as his theme music would be ending..He would start talking, but because of his style you would never know if he was out of breath or not...
Many would be looking out of the windows and doorways seeing if he would make it on time..He always did and no one else ever knew about the minutes before the sho. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #337

THE MAYOR OF WARMLAND DIES
Jim McNulty with the 590 Forever blog editor.
The Mayor of WARMland at Lackawanna County Stadium.

He was the Mayor of Scranton for only one term but after his elected days ended, James Barrett McNulty became The Mayor of WARMland. At noon every day, Monday through Friday on The mighty 590 Jim McNulty talked politics, current events and even potholes. There were times when callers would prevail upon the former Mayor to talk to someone at City Hall to solve a problem.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #338

WARM'S KING ARTHUR KNIGHT PASSES
One of the original members of the WARM Original Sensation Seven passed away. This came from the WPRO Providence Radio website.
Knight started at WARM at the age of 21 and was regarded as one of the pioneers of the Mighty 590. Here is his obit from that radio website.
Former WPRO personality Arthur Ralph Osterhout, known on the air as “King Arthur Knight,” died on February 26. He was 79. Knight was the afternoon host on WPRO from 1983-1989. Born in Scranton on Aug. 11, 1936, son of the late Arthur Sr. and Mary Davis Osterhout, Art was a graduate of West School High School, class of 1954, before attending the University of Scranton. 
In 1958, at age 21, Art, otherwise known by his broadcasting name, “King Arthur Knight,” began his career as a radio DJ with WARM in Scranton. In 1962, he accepted the job as program director for WICE in Providence, R.I. Art eventually accepted a position as the night talk show host for WMEX in Boston, a top 10 national radio station. He returned to WICE in 1978, before taking a position at WPRO in 1982. In 2012, he was honored by being inducted into the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame. He is survived by his three children, Arthur Osterhout III, Raleigh, N.C.; Deborah Yavorek, Selinsgrove; and Patricia Osterhout and husband, Robert Puharic, Pennsburg; three granddaughters, Kathryn Esquer and husband, Francisco; Abby and Jillian Yavorek; and his beloved cousins from the Davis and McDonnell families. 
Art leaves behind his loving friend and companion of more than 30 years Carole Gray of Providence, R.I. Funeral services were held Friday at 10 a.m. in the Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton, PA, by the Rev. Earl O. Cassel. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Dalton, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., PA 18411.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #339

WHERE THE MAGIC CAME FROM 

A great friend of mine,  Father Thomas Carten used to say the only thing that mattered in radio was what came out of that speaker. Carten was revolutionary in his right founding the RADIO HOME VISITOR, a reading service for the Visually Handicapped on WRKC FM Radio. After 41 years the program is still on the air.
WARM Radio, the mighty 590 brought you the hits, the news and contests. But it all stemmed from a radio board that is still working. Engineer Ron Schacht sent us three photos of the storied WARM brodcast board that legends sat behind and millions heard since it was installed in 1959.
Here it is: the RCA BC 3C 
Photos are by Ron Schacht
Ron still has the board and even set it up with a couple of turntables. He says it’s working just fine. He says that 2 years ago, one of the radio stations that he was working for at the time was celebrating their 80th birthday. He set up a studio in an empty storefront at a Mall and  used the WARM board, turntables, mikes, cart machines, etc. He set up a Marti shot back to the main studio. For the entire week, from 5am to 9pm, they ran from the mall studio playing carts, 45's and lp's using the WARM board. They were the top 40 station of the 50's through the 70's and they brought a lot of the old jocks back, one still works there full time. It was a lot of fun seeing records go round and round again and having the old tube gear on the air playing the music that that board played 50 years ago. 
Too bad the current WARM was not afforded that recognition on its 75th anniversary.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #340

UNION BROADCASTING BECOMES THE SCRANTON RADIO CORPORATION 

The evolution of WARM continues in 1949 when the Scranton Radio Corporation starts to take command from the Union Broadcasting Company. Here's that article from April 12th, 1949.



590 MIGHTY MEMORY #341

THE FCC SPEAKS AND GIVES ITS APPROVAL 

The next day the newspapers released the approval by the FCC. 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #342

HOW THE MIGHTY 590 GOT THE 590

The year was 1949 and WARM Radio wanted to apply for a change on the radio dial from the 1400s down to 590 AM. If you look at the story published on March 28th, you'll see that WBAX in Wilkes Barre applied for the very same change but WARM eventually prevailed.