Friday, July 1, 2016

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #323

45 YEARS SINCE WARM AND WNEP STAR MAKES HIS COMMERCIAL RADIO DEBUT


 It was 45 years ago this month that Tim Karlson, known as "The Crazy Redhead" on WARM made his radio debut. In Pittston WPTS Radio conducts a contest called “Disc Jockey for a day. Morning man at the time, Bob Serfain hosted.
Two people who were picked was your blog editor as well as a minister’s kid from Scranton Tim Kidwell. Kidwell later went on to become Tm Karlson. 
Karlson later went to WSCR, WARM and then became the long time Sports Director at WNEP TV.  
Karlson died in 2008 at a way too young age. But in the summer of '71, Tim Kidwell, aka Tim Carlson talked up the post at the old 1540 AM on this week’s number one hit from '71 “It’s Too Late” by Carole King.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #324

HARRY WEST'S LOVE SONGS
Sunday afternoon there was a celebration of Harry West’s career at The Grotto. When I heard about the event from Beverly Johnston and Denise DeLuca, wild horses couldn’t drag me away from attending. As I told a reporter from The Times Leader, Harry was my boyhood idol. 
I became interested in radio and all things electronic broadcasting when I was just about 8. Harry was a mainstay in our house when I was growing up since my dad was a big fan of WARM News. The radio bug was reinforced when I found out a cousin of mine was indeed a radio personality in Pittsburgh. His name was Ed Price. Between Harry and Ed, I was hooked. 
At school we’d have disagreements who would be Harry. Let me explain. As young boys we used to emulate baseball players at recess. I was a second tier rooter for lesser known players. So my favorites were Gus Trandos and Smoky Burgess. No need to fight over being Mantle or Mays. But when it came to imitating Harry in the classroom between classes, well I had to stand my ground. 
My dear friend’s late father Joesph Dellarte Senior of Wyoming even gave me the nickname “Harry” because of my penchant for bringing Mr. West up all the time. I’d travel to remotes and just watch him. When he left WARM in 1969, I thought “good for him” but never got used to the array of replacements at WARM. 
Attending Career Academy of Broadcasting as well as college, I embarked on a radio career myself working at the fledgling WVIA FM. On July 16th, 1973 though, Harry West came back to WARMland. I noticed and was thrilled. After Harry ended his first show upon his return, Bill Kelly played the Carpenter’s “Yesterday Once More”. A few moths later Harry showed up at the WVIA TV studios to do the Auction. We talked. He asked for a tour of the WVIA FM Studio and it was a surreal experience for me. Harry would rattle off the names of the tape recorders, (they were the Revox brand) and commented on the new microphones we had. 
Harry was back in town but I had my own stuff to attend to like graduating college, getting married and embarking on a career in Public Relations. Harry and I interacted a lot in my capacity as a United Way staff member. I dare say we became professional friends. I’d sometimes step back and say, “Holy Shit, I’m on the Harry West show!" when he interviewed me for an event. Somewhere I knew my dad would be smiling. 
Harry was gracious enough to emcee many an event for my work back then and for that I will always be grateful.
After his WARM days we kept in touch but not as frequently as we should have. That was my fault. But Harry, whenever we reconnected never guilted me but busted me in a friendly manner. Like any person, I knew Harry wasn’t perfect. He also knew I wasn’t either. But that transcended the friendly bond we had. 
So on Sunday Harry was feted by friends and family. A family who by the way shared him with us. People talked about his career, his antics and his personality. I spoke about his generous support of non profit agencies. 
WARM was the  community oriented station anyway but Harry never refused a good cause. Plus he threw himself into every promotion with joyful abandon. Hell he even ate my chili!!! 
Much was made of Harry’s support for mentally disadvantaged and disabled citizens. A few people spoke of Harry’s post retirement Happy Hours which consisted of half a drink and an early exit. People talked about how he and WARM played a significant part in their lives. Whether It was speaking about Harry attending a 50th birthday party or a “hop”, the words and good wishes flowed. 
I heard Wendy Westcott Bognar, his daughter say that she and her brothers were always around music because of father’s career. That struck, excuse the pin here, a cord with me. Harry West played numerous love song in his public appearances and on the radio. 
Five decades of love songs. But every person who spoke on Sunday, ever attendee, every person who heard about the event at Grotto and stopped by, they all were giving Harry West the love songs back. The words were all different as well as the emotions………..but given the occasion and the man, they were all in tune. 
Harry West came into the area playing those love songs on the Mighty 590. He left town herring them again. 
And they were about him!

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #325

A FEW PHOTOS FROM HARRY'S EVENT 
I had the opportunity to tell a few stories about Harry.  
Harry with his WARM guys. Joey Shaver fellow legend and WARM Radio icon, Clark Kushke WARM Production Manager, your blog editor (WARM Sales) and Joe Middleton, WARM Utility Man, raconteur and historian. 
Two WARM era fans from the Mid Valley  made the trip to see Harry. Dale Schank, of Dunmore, and Jim Sovaiko, of Throop. 
Former Mayer of Nanticoke John Toole, a good friend of Harry's learns new facts about his friend from Joe Middleton. 
Our good friend Bev Johnston organized this event and also took all the photos you see here today.

Harry's cousins showed up too. They lived out of the area and had to strain to listen to him but were glad to share the memories and the joy From left to right are Lois Samilenko, of Sanatoga and Lois Davidson Samilenko.  
Wonder where the wry sense of humor comes from? It's in the genes. Harry's sister Pat told a few stories about Harry "ahem angelic" childhood. Her husband Don was omnipresent with his camera throughout the event.
IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT HARRY WEST AND ALL OF US HAD A BALL IN WARMLAND.
THANKS HARRY!!!!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #326

HARRY WEST CELEBRATED 

Former WARM Radio personality Harry West of WARM Radio fame was toasted as friends and families turned out to wish him a fond farewell. West who has lived in this area most of his career, (dubbed by the station personalities as WARMland) is moving back to Pittsburgh with his family. Harry makes up a majority of 590 Mighty Memories on this blog site and you can bet there will be more. 
We are in the process of collecting other photos from our Facebook friends that came out to say hale and farewell to Harry. That will come in future editions of WARM Mighty Memories. But for now, here are two photos of today's event. Harry was quite surprised at The Grotto. 


Accompanied by his daughter Wendy and son Jeff (as well as other family members) Harry was a bit surprised to see the party was for him. 


Harry quickly got himself acclimated to his old friends and had quite the conversation with old co workers Clark Kuschke (center) and Joey Shaver (right). 
Here is a link to a times Leader story written by the Times Leader's Melanie Mizenko. 
 http://timesleader.com/news/local/559491/popular-warmland-radio-personality-harry-west-celebrated

Thursday, June 23, 2016

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #327

CELEBRATING THE LEGEND HARRY WEST THIS SUNDAY JUNE 26th, 3PM AT GROTTO PIZZA, HARVEYS LAKE



Join us as we celebrate a Legend - Harry West of the Harry West Show, WARM Radio, the Mighty 590. The event takes place on the Patio at Grotto, Harvey's Lake, unless rain, then we will go inside. The menu includes Pizza with any topping and Soft Drinks for $10.00. 
No gifts please but we would love to have you bring any memorabilia you may have of Harry or WARM radio during its Hay Day. 
Please contact Denise DeLuca at 570-239-4896. Our good friend Beverly Johnston is organizing the event. 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #328

TOMMY WOODS AND HARRY WEST RETURN TO THE AIRWAVES VIA WILK'S SUE HENRY THIS WEEKEND!!!!


Tommy Woods and Harry West on WILK's/Entercom's "Special Edition" with Sue Henry. (Photo: Sue Henry)

Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. But her big event this week is when she, the incredible Sue Henry interviews both Harry West and Tommy Woods. The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #529

SUNDAY MAGAZINE WITH BRIAN HUGHES 
 Sunday Magazine host Brian Hughes (Photo: 590 Forever archives) 
This Week on Sunday Magazin To mark the 44th anniversary of Hurricane Agnes' arrival in Northeast Pa, we take a look back at WARM radio's coverage of Agnes, narrated by WARM News Director Jerry Heller, with interviews conducted by news reporter Dale Cleveland, featured on the CD produced by WARM entitled "River On A Rampage". Special thanks to Tony Skutnik. 
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM and 6:25am on Magic 93.