EDITOR'S NOTE: THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS AND PARTIAL CONTENT OF THIS STORY CAME FROM FORMER WARM GREAT BOBBY DAY'S FACEBOOK PAGE.
Bobby Day was broadcasting the G.A.R. at Meyers basketball game in 1986. Greg Skrepenak was playing for G.A.R. and Rocket Ismail was playing for Meyers. Joe Paterno came to the game and sat at the table where Bob was broadcasting. Bob interviewed him live at halftime...Bob asked him why was he here.....He said he just stopped in to see a good basketball game. He could not mention either player due to recruiting laws. Obviously he got neither one. He was very gracious to Bob and some of the fans who were asking for his autograph. A real gentleman! L-R: Bob, , Ron Van Why (Bob's scorekeeper scorekeeper & Super PSU Fan), Charlie Fick (G.A.R. Football Coach), and Joe Paterno.
March 1970. UNICO event at The Paramount (now Kirby Center). L-R: Bobby Day, Joe Paterno, Vince LaPorte-WAZL, comedian Pat Cooper.
PATERNO, PENN STATE & WARM
For many years WARM Radio broadcast Penn State Football. During the late 70s, 80s and 90s, the place for Penn State football was the Mighty 590. WARM sports commentators like Ron Allen and Pete Erickson made the trips down to Happy Valley. Allen always had a bead on new Penn State recruits from the area and WARM did various promotions throughout the year highlighting the Blue & White. One of the WARM staffers that had access to the late Joe Paterno over the years was Bobby Day. Bobby was for many years the swing man on WARM Radio for the Sensational 7 and other personalities. You knew the night of the WARM Christmas party in the 60s when you heard Bobby Day on the air at night. Bobby also worked in the WARM News department and then finished his career at WBRE TV as the Eyewitness News Assignment Editor. Bob was also the voice of the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins Hockey team at the Arena.
Bobby recently posted the a few Paterno photos on his Facebook page. They are listed above in the Photo Index.
When Joe Paterno passed away, many members of the local press reiterated their associations with the late coach and the Nittany Lion program. But none was more important and longer lasting than Penn State, Paterno and the Mighty 590.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
PHOTO INDEX: 1971 BALLOT.
CAST A VOTE
When WARM radio entered the decade of the 70s, the station sought to get more input from its listeners for the end of the year top songs. Here is a sample ballot that WARM put out at the end of 1971. Unfortunately I only have this ballot but not the results that followed. If anyone has it, let me know. But this is just another example of WARM's constant attempts to keep its listeners involved in the Mighty 590.