Monday, September 4, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #161

WARM RADIO AND THE SONGS OF SEPTEMBER 

September 1967, fifty years go had a number one song called "Ode To Billy Joe" by Bobbie Gentry. Neil Diamond was coming up at number 6 with "Thank The Lord For the Night Time" while Frank Sinatra was descending at number 7 with "The Word We Knew". Meanwhile Jay and the Techniques stormed into the top ten with "Apple Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" at 8. 
The Mama's and Papa's debuted at number 18 on this WARM survey. 

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WARM"s TV PROGRAMMING

Here's a programming ad from the Scranton Newspapers for WARM TV, Channel 16 in the spring of 1954. One of the show being featured was "Space Ranger". 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #163

JACK WILSON ON WARM TV TOO

Back in the 1950s when radio first began, radio was more popular than TV. WARM TV saw that and decided to have their popular Morning Man at the time Jack Wilson to do the last half hour of his radio show on Channel 16. 
Wilson's upbeat show then led into a very popular ABC broadcast from Chicago called The Breakfast Club. 
Here's an ad promoting Jack Wilson and then a film clip from The Breakfast Club. 

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WARM TV GETS A BIG THANK YOU FROM THE CITY OF SCRANTON 

The day after WARM TV began, the city of Scranton sent out public kudos to the new broadcast entity. Mayor Bil Hanlon met with the principles and here's the photo from The Scranton Times from 1954. 

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THE HISTORIC McCARTHY HEARINGS ON WARM TV

April 1954 was a pivotal time in American history. Senator Joseph McCarthy appeared before the United States Senate to answer questions about his claims about Communists in government. The televised hearings were in effect the Waterloo of McCarthy's career. WARM TV, Channel 16 took the live broadcast of those hearings from mid day to late afternoon. 
Prior to that, WARM TV signed on at 4pm. The hearings added heft to the programming schedule. 

One of the most memorable moments was when the Counsel for the Senate, Joseph Welsh took McCarthy straight on. This happened in June of 1954, this ad was placed when the hearings started in late April.  

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WARM TV LOCAL LINE UP

Here's an ad from the Scranton Tribune touting the new Channel 16 local team as well as a preview of the TV programming. 

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WARM AND HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL

As far back as the 1940s and 50s, WARM Radio would broadcast basketball games. Here's an ad from 1954 on an out of area game between Scranton Prep and Allentown Central Catholic. At stake, the Class A Eastern Semi Finals.  
This was from March of 1954, a type of early version of March Madness before it was March Madness.