Saturday, February 6, 2016

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #346



WARM HAD LABOR DISPUTES 

Years ago you'd hear about Radio and TV strikes. The very fact that there was such a thing is amazing in this era of no unions pretty much anywhere in America. WARM Radio was not immune to disagreements when the station was trying to make its mark in the 1940s. This is an article from June 4th, 1947 regarding a union dispute. Here is the article, and a retype of it follows. 


RADIO STATION, UNION AT ODDS

PROPOSED CONCILIATION IN WARM DISPUTE 

The U.S. Conciliation Service will be asked to step into the dispute involving radio stations WARM and the American Communications Association, CIO, in a last effort to avert a threatened strike, it was learned yesterday.
W.A. Lamey, Vice President Northeastern Branch ACE, disclosed in Philadelphia that with national union officials sanction, he would as the Conciliation Service “to move in’.
If the radio station does not agree to this, Mr. Lamey said a 24 hour notice of termination of the existing contract would be given and a walkout of four radio technicians will take place.
Three separate sessions have been held since April 30th in an effort to reach agreement with the union’s request for increase in wages. Mr. Lamey said “station officials flatly refused any demands.
Martin Memelo, President of WARM, is credited with the statements that the four technicians covered by the contract receive 60 dollars per week. The union is demanding $78.00.
“This demand”,  Memelo said “is excessive and almost twice as much as unorganized stations in the region are required to pay”.
The union is asking the company to grant the same wage scales which are in effect at stations WBRE and WBAX in Wilkes Barre, Mr. Lamed said.
The union official said it had been  a practice in the past for WARM to agree to wage scales negotiated at the Wilkes Barre stations. Mr. Memolo denied his station had the same contract terms as the Wilkes Barre stations.
We are competition with other stations that are not organized and we have to look after our own interests. Basically are differences are based on the unions wage demands Mr. Memolo added.
Letters dispatched by the ACA reaching local unions yesterday stated that “there is a possibility we have to resort to strike action to receive our demands”.
Support of these units was asked.
Officials of the ACA also revealed they are conducting an organization drive among engineers and announcers at radio station WGBI Scranton.  

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #347

590 FOREVER CONTRIBUTOR PENS BOOKS ON FIRE HISTORY 

Your blog editor and Joe Klapatch at the Carbondale Library. 

Last weekend we made the trek to the Carbondale Public Library to meet and greet Joe Klapatch. Joe who is a radio veteran of WARM, WARD, WBQW and many other frequencies has penned two books on the histories of the Carbondale and Scranton Fire Departments. The "History of the Carbondale PA Fire Department 1843-2015" and “The Scranton Fire Company History” can be purchased at the Carbondale Public Library, Lackawanna Historical Society in Scranton and the Library Express in the Steamtown Mall. The book is $22.00 and is very good. The book on Scranton is $35.00 and it is an impressive tome. 
Joe is an old radio veteran and has contributed many articles to this blog outlining the early history of WARM. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #348

WARM ON THE FM DIAL? 

WARM finally went on the FM dial in the late 80s early 90s with the acquisition of 97.1 on the dial. For a brief time WARM simulcasted itself on what would be Hot 97. But back in the 1940s there was this news article about WARM applying for an FM license. The date of this article was March 4th, 1948. 
Thanks to Joe Klapatch who sent us these news articles for Mighty Memories # 352 to #348.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #349

“BREAKFAST IN HOLLYWOOD” ON WARM 


During the 1940s WARM Radio ran a program at 11:00AM called “Breakfast In Hollywood”. The show was hosted by Tom Breneman. There was also a little piece of a promotion notice in the ad for a contest WARM was running on the radio at the time asking listeners to watch out for the WARM Scranton Good Neighbor. 
Breakfast in Hollywood was a popular morning radio show created and hosted by Tom Breneman who broadcast from 1941 to 1948 on three different radio networks: NBC, ABC and Mutual. These unscripted shows were spontaneous and involved much audience participation. Breneman's many guests included such stars as Jimmy Durante, Andy Devine and Orson Welles. 
Then radio personality Breneman was in Hollywood having lunch in 1940 with friends at Sardi's Restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard when he realized the location's potential for a radio program. He quickly found an audience when he began broadcasting his Breakfast on the Boulevard January 13, 1941, on KFWB Los Angeles. Breakfast at Sardi's aired on the Blue Network from August 3, 1942, until February 26, 1943, when the title was changed to avoid confusion with Sardi's in New York.
Breneman's program went through numerous title changes but was best known as Breakfast in Hollywood (1948–49). He had numerous sponsors, including Kellogg's cereals, Ivory Flakes, Planters Peanuts, Aunt Jemima Flour, Minute Man Soups and Alpine Coffee. By the mid-1940s, Breneman had ten million listeners. The popularity of the radio program was such that he created his own magazine, and in 1945 he opened his own establishment, Tom Breneman's Restaurant, located on Vine Street off Sunset Boulevard. Organist Korla Pandit was only one of the musical talents who performed at the restaurant. 

 Above is Breneman's own eatery that he broadcast from in the late 40s.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #350

WARM AND LIVE THEATRE 


During the 1940s  WARM offered up live radio plays. Here’s an ad for the return of The Theatre Guild to AM 1400.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #351

WARM AND THE MISS AMERICA
CONTEST


Ever since WARM Radio started they were always broadcasting events of national importance. But WARM always seemed to put in a local or statewide angle to bring listeners in.  One of the biggest events in the late 1940 was the Miss America pageant. WARM broadcast the contest but heavily promoted the role of a Pennsylvania entrant in its advertising which ran on the same day of the pageant. Again from September 6th, 1947 an ad from the Scranton papers Barbara Jo Walker was the last Miss America to be crowned in her swimsuit, as well as the last contestant to represent just a city, rather than her state. Walker represented Memphis. 
According to Wikipedia, the Pennsylvania representative was from Pittsburgh and her name was  Lillian Handford who was in the top 15.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #352

JIMMY STEWART ON WARM RADIO 


The famed actor, Jimmy Stewart of “Rear Window”, “It’s A Wonderful Life” and many others actually was heard on WARM Radio during the late 1940s. From September 6th, 1947 here is the newspaper ad promoting the program. 
Thanks to our good friend Joe Klaptach for sending us the next series of articles.