Sunday, September 7, 2014

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #392

ANOTHER FORMER WARM NEWSMAN DIES

News came last week that former WARM news anchor Mike Majchrowitz passed away. Mike was on WARM in the early 90s for a short stint and is best remembered for anchoring the 5pm extended newscast with Ruth Miller. 
Majchrowitz moved on and wound up with Fox Radio News as the White House Correspondent. Mike Majchrowitz joined Fox Radio in its infancy in 2005 and was the Congressional and later White House reporter. He died of cancer after a long battle and was 51. 




Here is Majchrowitz in front of Air Force One and doing some work in the White House Press Room. (Photos: Fox News Radio website). 
Thanks to Brian Carey of 1010 AM WINS Radio and Joe Thomas from The Sports Hub 102.3FM and Entercom Radio for their help  with this 590 Mighty Memory.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #393

KEVIN JORDAN'S OBIT 


Kevin J. Jordan, 57, of Exeter passed away Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was born Sept. 28, 1956, in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Donald M. and Mary Lenahan Jordan of Kingston. He attended Bishop O'Reilly High School and King's College and was a well-known local journalist. He began his radio career in 1972 working for WBAX-AM and later joined WILK-AM and WARM-AM. In 1979, he returned to WILK as news director and in 1981 his news department won the coveted Joe Snyder Award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association. In 1982, he joined WBRE-TV 28 as bureau chief and later joined WDAU-TV 22 as a reporter. He retired in 1997 after 25 years as a broadcaster. 
During his career he won numerous awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. Among the notable stories he covered were the George Banks mass murder, Francis Hannon murder case, and he was subpoenaed to testify before Wilkes-Barre City Council. He later served as the director of Luzerne County Voter Services from 1997 to 2004 andushered in the computerization of the office. Most recently he worked at The Men's Wearhouse in Pittston. 
Kevin was the "Voice of the Queensmen," serving as the public address announcer at Bishop O'Reilly High School sporting events; the former president of the Professional News Media Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania; member of the board of directors of VISION and Luzerne County Head Start; and served as a semi-professional umpire with the United States Slowpitch Softball Association and the United Umpires Union. 
Surviving are his son, Kevin Christopher (K.C.) Jordan, Conshohocken; daughter, Erin Jordan, West Wyoming; brother, Mark Jordan and his wife, Maureen, Kingston; sisters, Eileen Rishcoff and her husband, Bernard, West Wyoming; and Kathleen Jordan, Kingston; godson, Sean Jordan; nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday from Maher-Collins Funeral Home, 360 N. Maple Ave., Kingston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Private interment services will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the American Lung Association , 71 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or Holy Redeemer High School, 159 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Monday, September 1, 2014

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #394

KEVIN JORDAN PASSES AWAY, WARM NEWSMAN IN THE 70s 


The late Kevin Jordan. (Photo: Face book). 
Our longtime friend Kevin Jordan died Sunday night after a long, arduous battle with lung disease. I had known Kevin since 1975 when we met on the radio trail. He was working at WBAX and then later moved on to WARM. I posted a story about our meeting on this 590 Forever WARM blog site a few years ago and Kevin was both amused and thrilled by what I wrote. In an e mail we commiserated about that car he drove as well as parking in Scranton in the mid 70s. (That story appears in 590 Mighty Memory # 501, from July 27th, 2010. )
Jordan was a true broadcast reporter who believed that no story was too big or too small to cover. As a Radio reporter he believed that two things were need to excel, accuracy and speed. He always wanted the story first but never hesitated to share any tips or information that would help any broadcasting in search of a story. He knew the consumer was not just a WARM or WYOU audience but any outlet that people were tuning into at the time. 
One of the great things about Kevin was that he loved the history of WARM. We’d spend time talking about the glory days of the Mighty 590 and he would always recount stories of his favorite broadcasters. A true inspiration he once told me was the late Terry McNulty who could easily transition from news to satire and right back. 
After broadcasting, Jordan was head of the Election Bureau in Luzerne County and then moved on to private business. We’d e mail and chat on Face book. The topic would always start out on baseball, politics, pop culture or just anything inane….but we always ended up speaking about broadcasting, remembering the old faces and voices, critiquing the new comers. Kevin Jordan was a fun person to be around with an ironic wry wit and a sense of humor. Most of us will smile every time we think of one of his remarks. 
This week there will be many Kevin Jordan stories told. He will be remembered well. With his knowledge, drive, passion and ambition, I feel Jordan could have been a player in a major market. Assessing his life’s work, perhaps it is unfortunate for him that he didn’t take that route. However, it is fortunate for us here in Northeastern Pennsylvania that he didn’t. We had the opportunity to see a real professional in our midst. 


Jordan with WARM staffers in the mid 70s. (Photo: Andy Palumbo blog, Bobby Day Face book page).  

My appearance on PA Live recounting the career of Kevin Jordan. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #395

END OF ANOTHER WARM SUMMER
The stage at Rocky Glen Park and the prices for rides.

Radio was part of many great summers for teenagers of a certain age. As the summer of 2014 ends, we look back on the past summers of the Mighty 590. One of the big highlights of the good old Summertime was WARM DAY. To this day various men and women in their sixties remember Rocky Glen Park and the WARM Day experience. 
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were guests at WARM Day. A little known secret is that Valli would rehearse in private at the WARM building because he had relatives in Dunmore. Fifty years ago this summer Valli and The Four Seasons had one of their biggest hits, “Rag Doll” which was constantly played on The Mighty 590 that year.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #396

2014 POCONO DRAG LODGE REUNION 

Another Pocono Drag Lodge Reunion has come ad gone and once more the Reunion was a good time had by all. Pocono Drag Lodge was an entity in the 60s that was a huge part of The Mighty 590. Race results were on WARM and big events were thunderously promoted on the Mighty 590. This year a decent crowd turned out and people heard the music of 590 AM WARM on the 2014 Drag Lodge Reunion. 

Former WARM personality Tom Woods took center stage this afternoon at the Drag Lodge Reunion. (Photo: Tom Woods Facebook page). 

The welcoming logo. 

Cars, cars, cars today at the Drag Lodge Reunion. 

Awards and announcements were the order of the day today at the Annual Drag Lodge Reunion. Photos: Charlie Hulsizer Facebook page.

Monday, June 23, 2014

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #397

WARM’S NEW SOUND 

If you are tuning in to the Mighty 590, you will notice that the True Oldies Channel is no longer on the station. The TOC was really good but the drawback was that the only announcer you heard was Scott Shannon. And at times if you listened in the morning, you might hear the same voice track (albeit with a different song) at night. But the contract with True Oldies was set to expire and Cumulus Broadcasting went another way. 
Last Monday the station started to air Good Time Oldies. There are various announcers who engage the audience in topical events of the day. Plus you hear WARM jingles interspersed every few songs. 
The new format gives WARM a new and in my opinion a better identity. Tune in to WARM 590 with their Good Time Oldies. Like the old days, let the good times roll on the Mighty 590.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #398

MY DAD AND WARM RADIO 


My father, Stephen "Jake" Yonki, circa 1940. 

Today is Father’s Day and my dad was a regular listener to WARM.  One of his biggest thrills was when he actually got to go to the WARM Studios in Avoca. I was a Senior in High School and was interested in going to Career Academy of Broadcasting in Washington. Joey Shaver who at the time was the local recruiter wanted me to stop by the station for “an audition” Joey made it seem like CAB was harder to get into than Harvard and I was nervous even though I did some news on the weekends at WPTS. 
When we got to WARM, Bill Kelly who was then doing the news showed us into the lobby and got Joey. Looking over his shoulder, Kelly said to me, “You’ll be fine”. Joey got us into a production room and asked me to read sixty seconds of copy. My father stood there watching me. There was a big old clock and I was instructed to hit the sixty second mark. As I read, out of the corner of my eye I saw my father watching that clock. I hit the clock right at sixty seconds. Joey said I was in, gave my parents the paper work and we went home. 
On the ride home all my father talked about was how clean and professional those WARM Studios looked. A railroader all his life my dad wanted to see me achieve in a field I was interested in. Although I never made it to WARM as an announcer, I did have a wonderful association with the Mighty 590 through the years. I did make it into that big main studio with the picture window but that was when WKQV was on the air and in that building. As a WARM purist, that doesn't count. 
My dad has been gone since 1980, WARM is certainly not what it used to be, and I have no idea what is now in that building in Avoca. But one of the fondest memories I have is my dad watching the clock in that Production Room as his kid “auditioned” at the Radio Station he had listened to since 1940.