Friday, September 17, 2010

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #496




PHOTO INDEX: PHOTOS FROM DREW AND TOM'S EXCELLENT WARM ADVENTURE. DREW TECHNER STANDING IN FRONT OF WARM VAN AND TWO PHOTO'S OF STEVE (OLSHEFSKI) ST. JOHN AND VINCE SWEENEY.

FAN'S MEMORIES OF WARM

One of the hallmarks of WARM Radio’s legacy is the connection people felt to it. The Mighty 590 was a major draw to teenagers coming home from a Prom Date or Basketball game. Kids would peer into the studio windows to see the on air personality. WARM also had its share of fans from outside of the area who made pilgrimages to their favorite radio station. In the spring of 1985 Drew Techner and his friend Tom Parker took a drive up north and took a chance on dropping in on the staff of the Mighty 590. They were in luck because two of the WARM “young guns”, Steve St. John and Vince Sweeney were in the house. Here’s Drew’s story:
My friend Tom Parker's family has a cabin in Promised Land and he spent every summer there growing up. He always loved WARM and tried to catch it when back in Philly. Both Tom and I became DX listeners of AM and FM back in high school. We made so many aircheck tapes and had a great time getting QSL cards and letters. These were the days before the Internet and it was such a thrill to listen to stations far away that nobody else knew about. On or about March 1, 1985: Tom drove us up to Scranton in his yellow 69 Dodge Dart for several days in the Poconos. We made an impromptu visit at WARM and found Steve St. John and Vince Sweeney obliging hosts. Vince gave me his business card. We were surprised that they just let us like that. Vince noted that he had decided to "dress up" that work day and had a three-piece suit. Maybe he expected advertising clients that week, who knows. But there we were... inside the broadcast studios of the Mighty 590 WARM. I was working at Franklin's Family Restaurant at the time. They had 12 restaurants and I worked at the one in Philly. After our visit at WARM, we went for lunch at Franklin's in Scranton. Remember the fresh Strawberry pie or the "Big Ben" burger? Tom and I were both on WRDV-FM in Warminster, Pa. for a few years in the late Eighties. We still listen to the radio and pull in WARM when we can. ...that's me standing in front of the WARM-mobile.
NEXT TIME, DREW'S VIDEO OF WARM.

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