Sunday, January 9, 2011

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #480


PHOTO INDEX: THE LATE ALAN KORNISH. (PHOTO FROM TIMES LEADER).

AL KORNISH

While personalities heard on a radio station get the bulk of recognition, people behind the scenes also make a great radio station. WARM had a succession of very good general managers who helped guide the station through the business waters. One was Alan Kornish. The secret of Kormish’s success at WARM was that he let his people under him manage. There was some direction but he let the ideas fly.
Alan E. Kornish, 74, of Exeter died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at home. Born Sept. 28, 1936, in Scranton, he was the son of the late Alex and Helma Trager Kornish. He was a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a degree in teaching. Alan's lifelong career was in broadcasting and he was formerly employed by Susquehanna Broadcasting "WARM" radio. Kornish started out as a Salesman at WARM in the early 60s. He was promoted to General Manager in the late 60s. Under his stewardship WARM continued to grow ratings wise as well as in sales. He was instrumental in the transition from Harry West as Morning Man to Len Woloson in early 1969. Working closely with WARM program director George Gilbert, Kornish gave the okay to expand the WARM News Department. Old friends and co workers attended his wake in Plains and once more remembered one of the human the building blocks that built The Mighty 590.

1 comment:

Dave Stilli Destin, FL said...

Al Kornish was a fellow broadcaster and friend for more than 30 years. I worked for him when he was co-owner of WPOM in West Palm Beach, FL in the mid 70's. I would often have lunch with Al to "pick his brain" in the mid 80's when I was General Manager of WKRZ-FM in Wilkes Barre. I will miss him.