Thursday, September 15, 2011
PHOTO INDEX: TOP SPOT FAST FOOD JOINT UNDER WATER IN WEST PITTSTON DURING THE FLOOD OF 1972.
WARM AND FLOODS
As I took a break from all of the flood coverage last week by listening to WARM’s True Oldies Format, I found that WARM Radio was offering flood updates. Phil Galasso was giving updates throughout the day on river height, road closing and evacuation centers. This was extremely important to those in the Tunkhannock area where they were hit very hard. WARM of course carries well into that Wyoming County area.
Back in 1972 WARM Radio was a very big part of communication between those residents who lost their homes. WARM suspended programming and became the linchpin that people depended upon. A full staff was unleashed to cover the biggest story to hit WARMland since the Kennedy assassination. Sales manager Dick Bolin had his brother who was involved in civil defense take news reporters around in jeeps to survey the damage. Terry McNulty then a WARM newsman said, “I will never forget the mud and disease..the people who lost everything. It’s one thing to cover a story like that when you’re miles away, but when you’re in the middle of it, you’re really with these people”.
WARM later produced a record “River On A Rampage” which was a good audio starting point for future documentaries on Agnes. After the waters subsided WARM had banner sales months getting orders for businesses that needed to relocate and reopen. The Mighty 590 also was involved in community involvement and also played a jingle that sang out, “Wyoming Valley, coming back now better than ever, WARM the Mighty 590!”
Sam Liquori would be a future radio host and board operator at WARM in the late 90s and into the 231st century. But in 1972 Sam was doing mornings on WBAX Radio in Edwardsville. The water came up suddenly on Route 11 and Sam had to beat a hasty retreat with his car to get out of there with life. Hearing the WARM flood updates brought back those memories of Agnes and the Mighty 590.