Tuesday, May 23, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #248

LOUISE HARRISON, SISTER OF GEORGE BRINGS LIVERPOOL LEGENDS SPONSORED BY BEATLEDD
 Louise and Beatledd (Photo: Citizen's Voice)
The late George Gilbert who programmed The Mighty 590 through the halcyon days of the 60s and 70s always used to say this about picking the top 40 every week. He said, "You could never go wrong with The Beatles."
Years later with WARM as a fond memory, the Beatles music still lives on.
This Friday there will be a concert at The  Kirby  featuring The Liverpool Legends. Hosted by Edd Raineri, aka Beatledd, the show looks to be a big hit. If you were a Beatles and WARM fan, this show is tailor made for you.
The band performs songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through their solo years. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing!
They’ve performed with Denny Laine (Wings); former Beatle, Pete Best, and the Boston Pops. They’ve appeared on The Travel Channel’s “Beatlemania Britain” and headlined at “International Beatles Week” in Liverpool, England. 
Also, nationally known comedian/impressionist, Jeff DeHart, will be coming in from NYC and taking the stage as “ED SULLIVAN”. A very good friend of fellow comedian, Bob Saget, Jeff DeHart is hilarious! 
Tickets on sale at the Kirby box office; online at kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at 570-826-1100. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #249

LIKE DON STEVENS AFTER THE 10:30AM NEWS, 
"WE'RE HALF WAY HOME"

Don Stevens was one of the WARM Sensational 7 in the early 60s. Stevens held down the 9am to noon slot and after the 10:30 news ended, he'd open the mic and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is The Don Stevens Show on The Mighty 590 and we're halfway home!" 
This 590 FOREVER WARM blog is half way home. We started this site with the intent that we do 590 Mighty 590 memories. 
Anyone who has anything they'd like to share, please contact me through this blog or e mail connected with this site. 


590 MIGHTY MEMORY #250

WARM AND OZZIE AND HARRIET

Through the years when WARM was a pop radio icon, it played the music of Ricky Nelson, himself a huge early star of rock and roll. That stardom was due to a national TV show on ABC called "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett." Ozzie Nelson was a band leader from the 1930s with his wife being the singer. But Ozzie recognized the power of TV and got a deal with ABC that promoted his son Rick as a teen idol. Wisely  Ozzie also had Rick do standards too to meet the generational  divide. 
But before there was TV, there was radio and WARM carried The Nelson family adventures every Friday night. Here's an ad courtesy of our friend Joe Klapatch. 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #251

WARM RADIO AND AIR RAIDS? 

When WARM was broadcasting at the 590 frequency in the 1950s, the ramifications of atomic warfare were very close in the rear view mirror. This news article from June of 1952 tells us all we need to know about the Cold War in the early 50s and how radio played a key role in case the worse would happen. 
This was dated from December 1952 and provided by our friend Joe Klapatch. The plan was involving other Scranton based stations if Civil Defense announced a national air raid. Keep in mind it was just under 10 years that the u.S. used the atomic bomb to end the war with Japan.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #252

WARM AND POCONO DRAG LODGE

WARM Radio had a long running relationship with the folks at Pocono Drag Lodge. And advertising it on the back of WARM survey sheets was the norm, never the exception.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #253

HEATING THINGS UP WITH A CAMPBELL'S SOUP BEACH TOWEL
Campbell's Soup is normally associated with comforting cold souls in rainy or dreary weather. It's a go to warm up meal. But WARM Radio in the 60s had a Campbell's Beach Towel promotion where for under 2 dollars you could score your own soup style beach towel. So if a young lady had a Bryan Hyland like bikini issue, this towel could cover that situation.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #254

WARM AND THE SONGS OF MAY
SECOND LOOK AT SURVEY 05/21/67

This WARM survey had The Young Rascals peaking at number one again with "Groovin". But two songs on that survey debuted in pretty high fashion. This usually is a good sign meaning that the song will be a "can't miss". Yes "Girls In Love" by Gary Lewis and The Playboys and "Yellow Balloon" by Yellow Balloon never made it to the Top Ten. The Lewis song entered at number 24, the Yellow Balloon song at #23. "Him Or Me" by Paul Revere debuted at number 18 and fared much better landing in the Top Ten.

 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #255

WARM AND THE SONGS OF MAY

During the week of May 19th, 1968 Robert Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy were preparing for a big debate leading up to the California primary. The nation was still mourning Dr. Martin Luther King. WARM was also covering the ongoing struggles in the Vietnam War. But despite that big news, the music played on. 
Archie Bell and the Drells had the number one song with "Tighten Up",  Ray Stevens was urging us all to "Unwind" at number 22 and Engelbert Humperdink told us how difficult it was for "A Man Without Love" at #35.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #256

WARM AND THE SONGS OF MAY

This WARM survey from 1968 was pretty interesting. A very odd song by Esther and Abie, "Cinderella Rockeffella" was charting at #35. The Beach Boys were at #22 with "Friends" and "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel was at #17 on the way to number 1.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #257

WARM RADIO SONGS OF MAY

May  1967 was WARM at its peak. Tommy Woods was the Music Director and when you take a look at this survey sheet, you still see how Top 40 was still trying to shake out into one cohesive music unit. Charting at number 1 were the Young Rascals with "Groovin". 
They were at the top, charting at #40 was none other than 50s music celebrity and former husband of both Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher with "Now I Know".

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #258

WARM AND THE SONGS OF MAY
May 1969 was a tad less tumultuous than the previous year 1968. Richard Nixon was the new President and WARM Radio was sailing along being the dominant station in the market. 
Two songs that stand out on the WARM chart of this week was the number 5 tune by Blood, Sweat and Tears which gave pop/rock music a blending of brass and rock. 
Charting at number 15 were the Ventures with an instrumental from a new CBS TV show Hawaii 5-0. 
Nearly fifty years later, the theme song is still top of mind as the new version of Hawaii 5-0 on CBS enters another season. 
(This survey sheets also features a rare mistake. The #32 song was "Welcome Me Love" by The Brooklyn Bridge, not "Welcome My Love". )

Saturday, May 20, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #259

WARM AND THE MUSIC OF MAY

May was always an exciting time at the Mighty 590. Summer was at hand and the music kept on playing. 

In this May 1967 survey we had both Dean Martin on the charts along with of all people Frankie Laine. Oh sure, rock dominated but these two "standard" bearers had a respectable showing on this top 40 charts. Dean and Frankie were back to back at #21 and #22. 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #260

DID FREDDY CANNON COME TO YOUR WEDDING? 
HE CAME TO WARM'S BOBBY DAY'S NUPTIALS 

Bobby Day is known today as the Voice of the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins Hockey Team. But he was a mainstay at WARM Radio for years. Bobby would be the guy on the air for fill ins and always had to work the WARM Christmas party shift. 
Bobby also was a newscaster toward the end of the WARM Talk Radio era. 
But back in the day, when Bobby tied the knot, Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon was in his wedding party. 
 Budd O'Mailia, Bobby, Freddie Cannon and Joey Shaver are seen in the original photo on the big day. 


In May of this year, Freddy Cannon came back to the area to be part of the great Joe Nardone Shows at The Kirby. And the then and now photos were completed.

Monday, April 24, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #261

ELLA FITZGERALD @ 100 


Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald. During the early days of WARM especially 0 the 40s and early 50s, Fitzgerald was one of the mainstays of both pop and jazz. While primarily a jazz singer, Ella had two huge hits that got constant airplane on WARM Radio.

Friday, April 21, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #262

VINYL AND WARM RADIO 

This guy, Harry West knew vinyl when he saw it! 
WILK's Sue Henry, the unofficial  co promoter of Record Store Day (along with Mike Evans) poses with some platters. (Sue Henry Facebook page)
WARM Radio was built on vinyl. Those 45 records catapulted WARM to Market Leadership in the 50s, 60s and 70s. When you listened to WARM, you heard vinyl. When you went to a hop or a dance or a remote, you got vinyl. 
What better day to remember The Mighty 590 with two of their forays in vinyl. First there was the Ballad of WARMland. 


Then there was the album of WARM hits. 
I'm telling you this because  Saturday is RECORD STORE DAY. 
Saturday morning from 9am until noon, former Rock 107 jock Mike Evans will be doing doing a VINTAGE VINYL take-over show on Marywood's VM-FM 91-7. Normally, he spins stuff burned onto CD from vinyl. But Saturday, he's firing up the decks and bringing in the records. All original pressings -- on the radio.
I used to go to Record Stores to get my WARM survey sheets. McCroy's had a Record Department, Kresge in Pittston, Record shops on the Square  as well as Richie's Record Rack in Pittston. 
Then there was Wayne's in Edwardsville where you could get a 10 pack of 45s for a buck along with a WFIL or WIBG survey sheet.

Monday, April 17, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #263

WARM SONGS OF APRIL 1967

This survey sheet is interesting in the sense that you see a few future hits holding in the thirty to forty places that would be hits in the summer. Number 33 was Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To love".
 
Frankie Valli's solo "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" was debuting at number 35.
Ronnie Dove's "My Babe" was slowly moving up the charts.
And at number 3 were Frank and Nancy Sinatra with "Something Stupid"

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #264

WARM SONGS OF APRIL 1965

The top ten  early April of '65 featured 5 solo artists that were pretty much mainstream. The beauty of the WARM survey was that while it housed the Kinks and Beatles in the Top 10, there were other artists there too. And mom loved them! 
Closing in at number 5 was Wayne Newton's "Red Roses For A Blue Lady".



 In a previous edition we touched on Ronnie Dove's "One Kiss For Old Times Sake". But Jack Jones had a top ten hit with number 7 with a version of the George Jones Country hit "The Race Is On"  Ray Charles Singers weighed in at number 9 with "This Is My Prayer"



Meanwhile Elvis was at number 11 with a record called "The Clam" proving that not all of The King's stuff was gold.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #265

WARM SONGS OF APRIL 1965

April of 1965 was a year of changes in this country as well as WARMland. The station had a slogan called "The Station of the Year". This is a theory but with WARM first being founded in 1940, perhaps WARM felt that in an oblique way they might be calling that out. But it's only my theory. 
Number one was Freddie and the Dreamers "I'm Telling You Now". 


 

Number three was a personal favorite of mine, Ronnie Dove's "One Kiss For Old Times Sake".


 

The Four Seasons were at number 34 with "Toy Soldier". 

 


And at number 31 was a song called "Four Seasons" which sounded like the group from Jersey but was from an artist named Lenny Coleman. The song sounded a lot like The Seasons but in fact it was done by Coleman and The Ebb Tides on Laurie Records.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #266

WARM RADIO AND THE SONGS OF APRIL

When this well worn sheet came out, Pet Clark held the top spot.


 


A novelty song was number 5 by The Royal Guardsmen with "Return of The Red Baron".



 


Plus the Four Seasons were in at number 6 for "Beggin".

Friday, April 14, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #267

WARM’S GIANT 
EASTER BUNNY 


 It was April 1971 and WARM Radio was running a contest giving away a72 pound Easter bunny. The station also gave away 91 other prizes. 
WARM promoted the contest on its weekly April 4th 1971 survey sheet. The number one song that week was “She’s A Lady” by Tom Jones and this song, “For All We Know” by The Carpenters came in at number 8.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #268

"DOUBLE G"  GONE 9 YEARS THIS WEEK 

George Gilbert was one of the cornerstones of WARM Radio, the Mighty 590. Through the years he worked as a radio host, a Program Director and then in Sales. Plus Gilbert had a storied career in the Commonwealth working in Philadelphia, Wilks Barre-Scranton and Williamsport. Here is how he was remembered 9 years ago this week. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #269

THE SONGS OF APRIL ON THE MIGHTY 590 

We go back to 1960, April. JFK was not yet President. The New York Mets and Houston Astros were just a twinkle in the eye of Major League Baseball. And the top 40 chart of 1960 was filled with a variety of tunes that became world famous while others faded into obscurity.  
 A song that was very odd for Perry Como came in at number 20. 

 

Number 37 was The theme from "Mr. Lucky" by Henry Mancini. 




 Bobby Darin was in the mix at number 25 with "Clementine". 


 And the Champs weighed in at number 31 with "Too Much Tequila".

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #270

WARM SALUTES NUMBER ONE TEAM

It has been 47 years since the West Scranton Invaders won a Basketball Trophy. WARM Radio was on the case doing live reports from the games and even dedicated a survey sheet to the winning team. Here is a story that Scranton Times Reporter Joby Fawcett wrote about that great team and their reunion.
It was a night that defines what high school athletics are truly all about.
Swapping stories and recalling great memories, members of the 1970 West Scranton boys basketball team reunited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of winning the Lackawanna League Southern Division, District 2 and Lynett Tournament championships.
It is the only year a boys basketball team won both the district and Lynett crowns.
Bob Bugno organized the gathering that brought many of the former players from as far as Texas back to West Scranton High School where those memories were made during a 24-3 season that ended in the state semifinals with a tough loss to Haverford, 68-57, in Harrisburg.
"I couldn't be happier," former coach Dan Donovan with a proud smile. "It was one of the greatest teams I ever coached. This was not only a wonderful team, they were wonderful kids. These kids came to work every day and worked hard every day.
"Tonight is one of the most special moments I have had."
The Invaders huddled around, enjoying the trophies that were displayed.
"I didn't know who would show up," said 1970 player of the year Jerry Karwoski, who spent more than two decades in Germany and now resides in Texas and was the Player of the Year in 1970. "I couldn't miss this for the world. We haven't changed a lot. It's great to see everyone."
Those who returned were coach Donovan, assistant coach Joe Barbuti, Bugno, Karwoski, Joe Orzel, Jeff Lewis, Jim Warner and Craig Mailen. Former school principal A. William Panaci and former athletic director Armand Martinelli were also back.
Other players on the title team were Walt Snopkowski, Paul Mailen, Bob Sparacino, Mike Julio, Frank Maccino, John Jurbala, Tom Sack, Emil Palarino and Paul Provini.
"We all practically lived together back then," said Bugno, who surprised the players with a highlight DVD of that 1970 season. "It was more important to coach Donovan for us to be good people. I look at all these people and how class people they are. I love them. I never forgot them and many of us haven't seen each other in 40 years, but we immediately reconnected."
WEST SCRANTON INVADERS THEN
WEST SCRANTON INVADERS IN 2010
JOBY FAWCETT / STAFF PHOTO Members of the 1970 Lackawanna League and District 2 championship team gathered for a 40th reunion last week. First row, from left: former school principal A. William Panaci, 1970 coach of the year Dan Donovan, former athletic director Armand Martinelli and Jeff Lewis. Second row: Joe Orzel, Bob Bugno, former assistant coach Joe Barbuti, Jim Warner, Jerry Karwoski and Craig Mailen. 
 
And on that WARM survey sheet, the number one song dated March 1st, 1970 was "Venus" by The Shocking Blue".

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #271

TOM WOODS @ 80

This month marks the 80th birthday of WARM Sensational 7 member Tom Woods. Woods was one of the cornerstones of those WARM days of the '60s where The Mighty 590 dominated the airwaves with its 5,000 watts of power.
Woods later went to work in Washington, D.C. at WTOP News radio.
After returning to the area Tom worked in radio at WILK, did voice overs for the WBRE TV Newscasts, voice over work for various businesses and is currently seen on TV promoting various services.
He resides in Wilkes Barre Township and is happy to be remembered by his many listeners. 


TOM WOODS THEN


TOM WOODS NOW 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #272

WARM ADS CONTINUE 

WARM Radio also included schedule ads in most local newspapers. Our contributor Joe Klapatch found this one in the Scranton papers.This was dated August 24th, 1952. 
This was back in the day when radio stations had listings and ads in newspaper to help move listeners to their frequencies. 
 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #273

WARM KEEPS ADVERTISING PUSH ON

As WARM moved to its new frequency, the station still kept up its advertising. In this ad from August 19th of 1952 the Art Bolin Swing program is highlighted. Thanks to our good friend and contributor Joe Klapatch for these ads. 
 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #274

AUGUST 18th 1952 

WARM DEBUTS ON 590 FREQUENCY 

WARM Radio debuted on the 590 frequency on August 18th, 1952. Our contributor Joe Klapatch provided the ad that ran in The Scrantonian. The ad is in two parts. 


590 MIGHTY MEMORY #275

WARM ANNOUNCES BIG MOVE 

WARM Radio made the bight move on the dial in 1952. The station moved its frequency from 1400 to 590 with 5,000 watts of power. Here is the ad that was in the August 17th, 1952 edition of The Scrantronian. Our contributor Joe Klapatch tells us this ad appeared the day before WARM debuted on 590. 
 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #276

WARM BROADCASTS SOAP BOX DERBY!!!!
WARM Radio was front and center in that 1950s racing craze of Soap Box vehicles. Contributor Joe Klapatch found this article from July 13th in The Scrantonian. It was WARM's foray into coverage of local sports and events. A mission they would continue well into the 21st century. 
 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #277

WARM MAKES APPLICATION FOR TV OUTLET 

Our good friend and 590 Forever contributor Joe Klapatch has sent us this article dated July 2nd from the Scranton Times on WARM TV.  WGBI Radio also applied for a license.
 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #278

WARM MUSIC OF MARCH 

This survey sheet features a virtual banquet of pop songs from the year 1967. There was hard stuff, fluff, pop and teen music. But topping the charts this week was a group from Cincinnati called The Casinos. 


The Casinos were a nine-member doo-wop group from Cincinnati, Ohio, led by Gene Hughes and which included Bob Armstrong, Ray White and Pete Bolton. Ken Brady performed with the group, taking over for Hughes from 1962-65 as lead singer. Pete Bolton was replaced at the time by Jerry Baker. Brady left the group to perform as a solo artist and Hughes returned, at which time The Casinos became a nine-piece group. 
They are best known for their John D. Loudermilk-penned song "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," which hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967, well after the end of the doo-wop era.

The Casinos were playing in a Cincinnati club where WSAI disc jockey Tom Dooley liked to visit. Dooley had a song he wanted to record but needed a band to provide the music. The Casinos had been getting great reaction to "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" at the club and wanted to record it. Dooley offered to pay for studio time at Cincinnati's King Records Studio for the group to record their song if they would back up Dooley on his song. The Casinos' tune, not his, quickly became a national hit. (wikipedia)

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #279

THE HISTORY OF MODERN MUSIC ON WARM

This show aired on The Mighty 590 for three full days in March of 1970. There were very few personality driven shows from 9am to around 9pm. News, weather but no patter and contests. The program was marketed toward that first group of WARM listeners that were now in the work force. 


590 MIGHTY MEMORY #280

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS

During March of 1970 this message was featured on the WARM sheets.

BTW Bill Haley and the Comets were credited with having the first Rock and Roll hit with this tune. The original members of this group were Haley, pianist and accordion player Johnny Grande and steel guitarist Billy Williamson.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #281

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CRESTS?
Founded by J.T. Carter, the group included Talmadge Gough Harold Torres (deceased) and Patricia Van Dross Carter selected vocalist Johnny Mastrangelo (1939-2010) (shortened to Johnny Mastro and later to Johnny Maestro) as lead vocalist.

This was a WARM tease for a big program that WARM featured during the last week of March 1970. 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #282

WARM SONGS OF MARCH 

This survey sheets features songs that are inching up the charts. 
 Debuting in the teens was the Monkees album cut "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You". This is a preview of MTV Videos.
 
Then at number 24 was the Platters swan song "With This Ring".  
The bottom  video is a more recent version.